Last week John met with a Japanese church planter. He told us that he was able in 18 months to gather 50 people in worship! As the average church in Japan is only 36, and if churches are able to break the 50 and 80 barrier fairly rapidly they will become large healthy churches. Another Japanese leader reported they have 17 church planting parenting networks throughout Japan and they plan to have 20 by the end of the year! This means 60+ churches are planning to have baby churches in the next three years! PTL! These are all people we can learn from and help many others through CPI.
Thanks for your prayers and encouragements over the last several months. We have been a whirlwind of activity including many key meetings and visitors. Several highlights have been the Retool Kit training in the US, Elaine’s LEADNet meeting, a great Japan Field Council, and the Velascos visit to the field.