Monday, May 30, 2005

Praise Report

We are just a day away from our trip to our new home in Japan. We will first we living in Funabashi City, Chiba. This last week God has surprised us with numerous financial contributions! We also sold our car! We deeply appreciate the generous giving of many friends and family. We now have a total of about $4,000 to live on in Japan (before less than $500). This is an answer to a prayer request that we just posted! Thank you to those who have been praying for our financial needs. We are so excited that God has blessed us and that we can now bless you by sharing our testimony. God often waits till the last minute so that He may extract the most glory possible from the situation. He waits so that everybody knows it is not you, but Him. It was not our strategic financial planning nor our cunning business savvy, but the grace of God working through many people that made such a thing possible. We pray that the Lord continues to increase us and you in faith so that we may see many great things and miracles that bring glory to God. To Him all riches, power, honor and glory, forever and ever. AMEN.

Sunday, May 22, 2005

A Great Sunday

We were very blessed today to visit two churches. One was Saint Anne's Episcopal Church in Oceanside. I began my walk of faith in that church as a young boy. It was very nostalgic and many old memories were stirred up as I knelt and prayed in the sanctuary. I could not help but shed a few tears as I reflected on the LORD's faithfulness. Even from the days of my youth He has been with me.
Psalm 71:17
"Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds."
What a great verse to think about in this time. This certainly is an encouraging Word!
The next church we visited was THE FIELDS, a church in Carlsbad. It was awesome to listen to Dave preach about giving up everything to follow the LORD. As he spoke with fervency, I felt the gentle whisper of God's Spirit encouraging me saying, "Look you are doing this very thing and I am with you. Do not fear for my blessing is with you and no evil, nor hardship will overtake you." I almost broke down and wept because this experience was so wonderful and I have been stressed about many unknowns in regards to my life in Japan. After the sermon I proceeded to pray with Yumi's brother Atsushi and it was a uniquely sweet time of prayer. Then I could not help but bring my tears of joy and of sorrow to the LORD as we worshipped together. At the end of the service I spoke a little about our goals and ministry to the congregation and they prayed for us. It was a touching time and I am forever grateful for the time with THE FIELDS and the relationships I have made there.
Praise God, in every season of life bring offerings of tears, offerings of song, offerings of wealth, offerings of devotion and sacrifice to His throne.

Friday, May 20, 2005

PRAYER NEEDS

Practical
-Peace in this time of preparation
-Favor in finding a job in Japan
-Grace moving in with Yumi's family (mom & brother)
-Finances for renting a house ($4,000-$5,000 down and $1,500/,month needed)
-Location for living
-Finances for buying a used vehicle ($3,000- $5,000)
-Connection with local churches and leaders
-Wisdom in starting a ministry that fits our passion and also fits spiritual needs of our local area.
-Finances for Bibles and other Christian books and resources.

Family
-Salvation for Yumi's mother, father, and sister
-Healing for Yumi's father who had a lung removed from cancer
-Healing for Yumi's mother who is having a polyp removed
-Vision and passion for Yumi's brother as he is a young believer
-Healing in the relationship between Yumi and her sister

Thursday, May 19, 2005

This is a map of Japan. We first plan to move to the pennisula south of Tokyo. This is area is called Chiba. Posted by Hello

Preparation

There is a lot going on in our minds as we get ready to go to Japan. There are so many things to think about when you move overseas. It is overwhelming sometimes, but I sense the Holy Spirit's peace cover me when I relinquish control of the situation. No job, no money, no friends is not the most inviting environment for our flesh. God keeps calling me to the altar of sacrifice that I so easily avoid. We are less than a couple weeks away and everyday there is a mixture of feelings I confront. However, I know the prayers of the saints and the intercession of our High Priest Christ Jesus will preserve me.

Thursday, May 05, 2005


This is a cartoon version of me done by Sean Bova (friend from highschool).

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

A New Beginning

God has called us to Japan. This is our last month of preparation. We leave May 31. The days quicken and my heart beats harder the more I think about what awaits. There certainly will be challenges to overcome, but I am encouraged when the Word of God reminds us that through faith and trust in God we can overcome trials and persecutions of all kinds.
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