To Asia in 2022

Happy New Year! Probably like you, we continue to experience the changes brought on by COVID-19 along with our continuing transition to life and ministry in the US. We love our role changes as non-resident missionaries and movement catalysts. Even the Illinois snow and cold reminds us that we are in a new home. God has much in store for 2022! FOCUS ON ASIA Our team is on the move into Asia in a few…

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Prayer January 2022

Continue to pray for John and the AIT members as they prepare for the pastors’ conferences in February. John has been working hard writing another book on “The Japanese as an Unreached People Group.” Pray for John’s use of time and the endurance to complete this vital writing project early this year. Praise to God as we all enjoyed an encouraging visit after Christmas from Elaine’s sister from Kentucky. On January 18th, the Japan Church…

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A Glorious Global Christmas

We are not yet used to Thanksgiving or Christmas traditions in the US. But we are anxious to set new traditions during this transition to living back in the USofA.  The decorations are already up with lights soon to illumine our house on John St. in Pecatonica, Illinois. This Saturday the city has a Christmas parade that goes right by our house. Pray as we share this global Christ with our new friends in our…

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December Prayer

PRAISE God for the great trip to see all our friends at Fox River Baptist in Appleton last month. We enjoyed sharing updates from our lives and ministries. PRAISE God for the over 120 people that took part in the 2021 Church Multiplication Vision Festa online 11/27. So many great stories of church reproduction, training in disciplemaking, and new initiatives for growing the church in Japan. Pray that next year there will be an face-to-face…

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So Better than Retirement

“John, you cannot retire”, I was advised by several people that I admire. They saw my role in ministry in Japan and beyond as being too crucial to just abruptly stop. My family also knew that I could not just stop working and tinker with my hobbies. So we prayed and God led John to this new ministry of continuing many of our connections and John joining the Converge’s Asia Impact Team to broaden the…

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Pray in November

PRAISE We have been really encouraged in locating a home church this month. Nothing but good news. PRAY Several weeks ago John got an invite to attend the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN) global facilitators gathering in London this month. John will be representing the East Asia region which includes Japan. This came as a short notice as travel is now starting to open up. This will mean more ministry opportunities. Our partner is South…

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Being Transported

Psalm 1:2-3 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and who meditates on his law day and night.3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,    which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—    whatever they do prospers. This summer we transplanted several plants including 2 trees to make a small Japanese garden. The trees were very healthy. One had a fairly large root ball while the other had a…

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Connecting Globally

Has the pandemic got you down? Normally you would think to simply wait out the pandemic and then REALLY START new ministry when it was over. Well God has not called us to that but to be as proactive and engaged as we can despite Covid restrictions. We have been praying, preparing, and expecting and God has been working in very amazing ways and actually sending us global contacts during the pandemic. The process took…

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3 Major Global & Asia Events

John has been involved in global and regional networks for church multiplication for several years. Now with his new role in the Asia Impact Team these connections become even more crucial as we seek to mobilize leaders to planting churches among Asia’s Unreached People Groups (UPG). October is a crucial month in seeing the big picture and properly aligning for the future. Global Alliance for Church Planting (GACX) Global Forum, September 28-30. The Global Forum…

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October Updates and Prayer

FOCUS ON JAPAN – COVID, and Churches News from Japan is more encouraging as Covid emergency orders will probably end this week. Vaccinations are accelerating over 50% now.  This month brings CPI Grace Week Japanese Online. John has been involved in the training for mentors and small group leaders. Pray as the sessions begin October 15th and run for 6 weeks. Some participants will request ongoing mentoring after the sessions end. Elaine and John continue…

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