Sunday, June 26, 2005

PRAYER NEEDS

Practical
-Favor in finding a full time job in Japan
-Grace moving in with Yumi's family (mom & brother)
-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.
-Protection for our health

Family
-Salvation for Yumi's mother, father, and sister.
-Continued healing for Yumi's father who had a lung removed from cancer. His recovery has been miraculous already. Please pray that He would recognize God as the one who has saved him from sudden death and that he would give glory to God for his miraculous recovery.
-Vision and passion for Yumi's brother as he is a young believer.
-Healing in the relationship between Yumi and her sister.

*I have highlighted updated pray requests.

NOTE: I have a special request for strength this week as I begin a teaching job in TSUKUBA (a few hours north of where we are). It is for six days straight with long hours and I will be away from the family staying in a one room apartment.
This is a more detailed map showing the Chiba Prefecture and its relation to Tokyo. We are going to be moving to a house in Funabashi. Don`t worry about reading the map. It just shows the names of roads not cities, but if you really want to see the actual city from a satelite picture just type Funabashi Japan at http://maps.google.com/

Friday, June 24, 2005

The road is long...

When we begin a quest we rarely know all the challenges facing us. We know we will have trials and even persecutions, but that does not stop us from saying YES to God. I feel like I have been sprinting and running only to find out I have only gone through a small portion of the great long road before me. Can a man truly know where he is going? Is it not the LORD, his shepard, that guides him. I thank God for the prayers many offer up for us and I believe He is guiding us daily. I want to rush off and do ministry right away! However, can I do ministry without Him, without His annointing, without His words how can I speak to these people?! I am longing for a place to fulfill my calling. My desire is to see His glory here amongst these people in this land.
We praise God that we are moving into a new home at the beginning of July. It is a little small for us, but it was easy to get into. It is a brand new house!! We are renting it for about $1,400 a month. I still have not gotten a job, but I have just had an interview with an English school this week.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Searching

The more time we spend here the more urgency we feel. I so often want to rush the things of God. I want the promises of God now and struggle in my spirit. This is not altogether bad, but it is tiring. We groan in our spirits and we search with our eyes. We long to see the beauty of the LORD in the land of the living.
We are still looking for the right job. We had a good offer in Sano, but declined for many various reasons. We are waiting for the LORD to open a job opportunity in the Chiba or Tokyo Area. We are hoping that the job will allow enough time to start to look for ministry options. Yet I must remember that we have only been here 10 days. All things shall come together in His time. Amen.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The first week of "Life in Japan"

Well it certainly has not been easy, but things are getting done everyday. The last four days have been spent riding in the train from city hall to city hall getting paperwork done and going to job centers, dentists, etc. At night I play guitar in the park across the street. As I sing worship songs sometimes homeless people come and tell me they enjoy the music. There are a lot of down and out people around us and I am excited when I get an opportunity to speak with them and maybe bring some light into their life. There is an emptiness here like I have never felt before. Japan has such a high population density. There are always people around. I feel their emptiness as they walk beside me on the street, or eat next to me, or sit next to me on the train. They work so hard and try to enjoy life the best they can, but they have no eternal purpose. There is no eternal ambition just the ambition for earthly pleasure. God awaken eyes to see and ears to hear! May we be a precious bearers of God`s Spirit, which is at its very essence divine love, and release the frangrance of Christ to this people. Amen.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

We are in Japan

Well we have made it through the gates and into a new life. It is amazing how fast things in life can change and how fast they can change you. Despite the long journey, I feel refreshed and excited! God certainly is with us and "He has annointed us to preach the good news." It is His power that resides upon the Gospel and the light of His Word will shine through us to others. I feel a stirring in my spirit like I have never felt before as we meet strangers and talk with them. I feel the LORD opening up a well in my heart for these people. A well that will bring forth springs of living water. A welling of deep compassion for the lost and broken hearted people whom God has put around us. This truly is the time and truly is the day for us to not harden our hearts, but to tune our ears to the LORD`s voice.

Please pray that specifically that our hearts and ears would be opened to hear God`s voice as we begin to settle life for the next couple weeks.
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