We hope this letter finds you well. The school year has come to an end and the kids will be on spring break for the next two weeks. It is hard to believe that Yuki will be starting fourth grade in April and Yoshiki will be in his second year of kindergarten!
Parenting Class Update
Thank you for all your prayers for Noriko’s involvement in the parenting class for the last couple of months. We are especially thankful for the intimate bonding within the class as the mothers share openly about their issue and struggles in their daily parenting during the class discussion. Would you please pray that this trusting and intimate relationship will continue to be deepened to the level where we could discuss even more openly and freely about our inner spiritual need and truth of God’s word? Since we are almost at the end of the current study, Sarah (co-missionary who leads the class) and Noriko are prayerfully seeking the Lord’s leading and direction on our next study. As we are looking into various possibilities, would you join us in your prayer that God will lead us to the very material that He has chosen for our group to bring the hearts of these unbelieving mothers one step closer to salvation?
Because of your faithful prayer support, Chad’s new finance manager responsibilities have been going smoothly since he took over from the previous finance manager who left for home assignment (furlough) in January. Since then Chad has been meeting with new and old missionaries to get a handle on their support budget needs, preparing finance documents for the TEAM U.S. office, and keeping the office running. Besides these new responsibilities Chad is still overseeing the IT needs in the office and throughout the mission in Japan.
Chad also enjoys helping out at Friday Night Live events where once a month the SonRise Cafe invites a Christian artist/musician to hold a concert. Chad helps with set up as well as running the sound system. This has been a great outreach to make new contacts within the community. You can check out our Ustream page to see past events.
SonRise Church Update
Throughout this past year we have fervently prayed for the Lord’s leading on how to effectively lead and serve our church members for their growth. One of the ways we believe that the Lord has led our church recently was to regularly schedule a “praise and prayer service” on Sunday mornings (currently every two months). Noriko has been asked to lead this service and so far it truly has been an intimate time of mutual sharing, encouragement, and prayer and it has been a great way to get all the church members involved in ministering to each other as well. At this month’s “praise and prayer service” there were new visitors (unbelievers) present and they got to hear our church members’ live testimonies of God’s mighty work in their lives!! Noriko counts it such a joy and privilege to be able to serve our church in this way!!
Support Update and Home Assignment
We are one year from our home assignment (furlough), when we will be returning to the U.S. for six months to a year. In our preparation for that home assignment we would like to start sharing with you our current support needs and goals. We plan to do this over the next couple of prayer letters.
Our support level is currently at 60%, which is a slight decrease since last year. Therefore, on return to the U.S. we will need to raise a substantial amount of monthly support. We are hoping and praying to do this in six months, so our children do not have to miss a large amount of the school year (which may cause them to be set back a year). Please join us in praying for the Lord’s timely provision to bring our support level to where He sees we need to be to continue our family’s long term service here in Japan.
Chad and Noriko
Please pray for the Lord’s clear leading and direction on the next study for our parenting class as well as for more opportunities in this coming year to share spiritual matters with the unbelieving mothers in the class.
Please pray for the Lord’s timely provision to bring our support level to where He sees we need to be during next year’s home assignment for our family’s long term service here in Japan.
Please pray that God will continue to grow and keep the kind of heart that He desires in us as His bondservants out of which effective and fruitful ministry flows.