June 2014 Prayer Letter

June 25, 2014

Dear Friends and Family,Yuki and Yoshiki

We hope this letter finds you well. Tokyo is growing hotter by the day. Yuki and Yoshiki have been enjoying riding their scooters around the recently remodeled park near our house!

Work Transition

June 30th marks the return of Chad’s co-worker/business manager, Steven, from home assignment. With his return Chad will be transitioning back some of the financial responsibilities that he was filling in for during Steven’s home assignment. Please pray for the Lord’s leading of the transition of these responsibilities as well as the office’s preparation for our home assignment next year.

Support Update and Home AssignmentYuki and Yoshiki on Scooters

As we shared with you in the last prayer letter we will be returning to the US in March, 2015 for a six to twelve month home assignment (furlough). During this home assignment we hope to be able to visit as many of you as possible and get connected with many others. Please join us in our prayers that the Lord may lead us to the very people/churches with whom we could share our ministry vision and whom He chooses to partner with us to fulfill that vision

As we shared in our previous letter we need to raise more monthly support. We are in need of increasing our support by $2,500 per month. This may seem like a large amount and you may be wondering why such an increase. First, if you remember, we originally came to Japan with a reduced budget with an intention of returning to the States for support raising after two years. With Yuki’s difficult school adjustment, we decided to postpone it for another two years. Only because of God’s gracious provision of a furnished house, car and very limited spending have we been able to make that budget liveable for the past 3 years, but this is going to change. In April of this year the Japanese government increased the sales tax by 3% and is planning to increase it another 2% next year. We also will need to replace many of the things that were given to us when we first arrived.

Another reason to raise more monthly support is to give us options for our childrens’ education. We currently do not have any plans to change from their Japanese public school. However, if Yuki or Yoshiki experience problems with keeping up with both languages, we would have to consider alternatives. With our current support level we do not have the funds to pursue other options such as international school.

We are trusting that God will provide the needed monthly support that will continue to allow our family to minister here in Japan.

Easter ServiceEaster Service at SonRise Church

We had a great Easter service at our church. What was most encouraging was that out of five families that we invited from Yoshiki’s kindergarten (with whom we had spent most of our time this past year), four of them came to the service and got to hear the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ!! Since we had fervently prayed that the Lord may bring to the service the very people in whose hearts He has been working for salvation, this Easter service served as a great encouragement and timely confirmation to our family, that this group of families are truly God-led people into whom He continues to call us to invest our lives for an eternal impact!! It was also such a blessing to see our church members serving in unity in various roles and responsibilities to make this great outreach possible!

Our First Guests

In April we had our first guests from the U.S., Marge Smalley from Cornerstone Baptist Church (Chad’s brother’s church), and her friend and co-worker Judy Long visit us. We had a great time of fellowship and sharing each other’s ministry. If any of you are planning to be in Japan or would like to come and see our ministry first hand, please let us know.

Sincerely,
Chad and Noriko

Prayer Points

  • We are praising the Lord for the great opportunity that our church had to share the message of the gospel at the Easter service especially with many of our dear friends from Yoshiki’s kindergarten and the ones from the parenting class!
  • Please pray for the Lord’s leading in the transition of Chad’s financial responsibilities as well as the office’s preparation for our home assignment next year.
  • Please pray for our home assignment next year that the Lord may lead us to the very people/churches with whom we could share our ministry vision and whom He chooses to partner with us to achieve the vision.
  • Please pray for the increase of our monthly support which will continue to allow our family to minister in Japan for a long term.

March 2014 Prayer Letter

March 24, 2014

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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!

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December 2013 Prayer Letter

December 2, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Now Christmas is just around the corner and we are right in the midst of planning our Christmas outreaches. Continue Reading…

Fall 2013 Prayer Letter

October 15, 2013

Dear Friends and Family,

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We hope this letter finds you well. We had a busy, yet meaningful and memorable summer.

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Dear Friends and Family,

We hope this letter finds you well. Rainy season has set in here which means the hot and humid Tokyo summer is just around the corner. Continue Reading…