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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