US Tour: Home Edition

Three weeks out of the basement – We are both safe and well in the US, just three weeks out of quarantine after our arrival in the US. Everyone we know is also well both in Japan and in the US. In our region in Illinois there are few cases of infection for which we are thankful. Praise God that COVID-19 in Japan has decreased as the emergency orders for 39 of the 46 prefectures…

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Prayer for May-June

Pray for us in May and June Ask God to grant his peace and healing to many effected by this virus. There are many suffering. Also since we have been back, two dear friends we know have lost their wives due to cancer. Ask God to grant wisdom to Japanese churches as they consider holding collective church meetings after the emergency subsides. Pray for our presentations and visits: May 24th – Galilee Loveland, CO; June…

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Assigned to Home

April 2020 Updates from John and Elaine Mehn We are both well and we are safe. We are now in Illinois in the basement of our home. We left Japan last Thursday (4/9) on schedule. We are now in self-isolation for 2 weeks here in our basement as a precaution. We are amazed in God that we were able to complete our move to the US with Plan A on schedule. The Machida house was…

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Course on John’s Book

This month begins a new Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) online course on John’s latest book Sowing the Gospel in Japanese Soil: Understanding Japanese Religious Beliefs. A community of like-minded people endeavoring to reach Japanese study together the book and its content. This will be one of their largest courses offered so far. For more information see https://academy.rjcnetwork.org/enroll/

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Prayer for April

1. Thank God with us that the move got done and we are in disbelief that it did. There were many miracles from God. Thank God for the smooth travel back to our home in Illinois. 2. Pray that God would protect us from possible risks of the virus, and we would be diligent in our hygiene and for our self-isolation for two weeks in our US home basement. 3. Ask God for wisdom and…

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Mehns Leave Japan, on schedule

We are well and safe in Machida. But we are on schedule tomorrow to leave Tokyo for Chicago. We considered with our mission colleagues Plan B, Plan C, and Plan D but God had us continue for Plan A: leaving on our scheduled flight on April 9th. We will leave Japan about 10pm CDT on your 8th. We thank God for his help in the steps in our relocation. The house is empty, clean, and…

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Meet John & Elaine Online

Hello from Tokyo Japan, As we write you we are both well. We are finishing our packing, enjoying our farewell parties, emptying our house, and keeping an eye on this world health crisis. We anticipated lots of change with this transition but this health crisis is magnifying change. Just a few quick comments because I am sure you have questions on your mind. Japan is doing better. As we wrote you before, Japan several weeks…

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JAPAN SOCIETY & CHURCH WEATHERING ANOTHER CRISIS

Today March 11th marks the 9th anniversary of the triple disaster, earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown in Northeast Japan (Tohoku). That disaster directly affected over 82 cities and towns in three Prefectures and affected the whole nation and still does today. That crisis transformed the church in Japan and mobilized Christians to be engaged in mission. Today everyone Japan battles against a possible epidemic of Covid-19. The nature of this current crisis is preventing the…

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God’s Movements

“Other Japanese leaders should hear these stories of God’s movements through church multiplication.” For each session of the Global Summit one national leader shared how God is multiplying disciples and churches through movements extending beyond 3 or 4 generations of disciples. These movements were from regions all over the world. Pastor Nobuyoshi Nagai, from Vision Festa, and I were those sent from Japan last month to this summit in Thailand and have been longing for…

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CoronaVirus and Japan

First, we and everyone we know is well. Since the outbreak of Coronavirus in nearby China beginning in December, Japan has been monitoring the situation. In Japan a few infected individuals were identified quarantined and treated. The real problem developed when a cruise ship landed in Yokohama with infected on board. Since then most of those passengers have been released from the ship. That began a series of decisions that have affected life throughout Japan.…

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