Gone, Gone, Going

You talk about WEIRD! The three of us went to Japan for Vacation! Definitely Weird! Our son Tim wanted to have his last hurrah as we were saying goodbye to our season of living in Japan. He planned a vacation to visit us, help us with the move, and go around the country seeing his favorite sights. Kind of his “farewell tour.” Well it was 2020, and guess what happened? Yes, CTRL, ALT, and DELETE…

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Progressing on All Fronts

John’s first trip this year was filled with the unexpected. Because of a visa issue, John was sidelined in Singapore waiting to enter Vietnam for several days. Normally John would be an anxious angry mess but during all the waiting God’s peace was quite evident. First, John mobilized prayer for the situation and the visa. We thank you for your prayers during that time. Second, we tried everything. John went to the Vietnam Embassy in…

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Focus on Asia – March

FOCUS ON VIETNAM John was to accompany a team going to two major cities in Vietnam and conduct Orientation Training for an 18-month plan for church planting training. The trainers were coming from the Philippines and John was just there to encourage, coach, and pray with the many leaders. In one city 3 key leaders of a large denomination came and were excited to go back and recommend to a larger group of hundreds of…

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Global Summit

We are global people and connected to people everywhere it seems. Every day in our home seems international or at least cross-cultural. The work we do touches many people throughout Asia. Sometimes John talks about a particular day being “India day”, “Japan day,” and the like. Our days take us via online meetings, emails, and other communication all day long to places like Mongolia, Korea, and even Central Asia (the -stans countries). This month John…

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Looking Ahead to Asia

I hope you had a wonderful meaningful Christmas. We anticipated a smooth transition into the New Year, but we were jolted into the New Year with news out of Japan of a national disaster and a major plane crash related to a relief plane. In 2024, we do expect many great things as ministries are expanding and deepening in many places. God has been profoundly good in allowing John to travel with a new 120%…

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Prayer for January

1. Thank God for Christmas celebrations and gatherings with our families. As you know Christmas is not about the season but about Christ and people. 2. Despite not meeting several times due to holidays and snowstorms, God is answering your prayers for the Tuesday night Life Group that Elaine leads at our local church with strong connections between the members. 3. Ask God to bless our new Converge Asia Director, Chaz Nicholls, who is traveling…

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Christ for Asia

We love Christmas. And when we lived in Japan, we loved Christmas as a great time to share the good news of the Savior Jesus with Japanese. The majority of Japanese have no understanding of Christmas, and they were very interested in hearing. In fact, most of Asia does not know about Christ or the reason for Christmas. Asia is where a small percentage of people are followers of Jesus. Many have not heard of…

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