Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Tokyo, Japan!! We arrived safely in Japan on September 9th and have been in the process of unpacking for the last two months. The kids are back in school and have been adjusting well so far. Chad has returned to work at the office and getting to know his new team members there. Noriko has gradually been adjusting back to life and ministry here in Tokyo.
Since returning, Chad has been gradually taking on more leadership responsibilities in the office in preparation for the business manager’s home assignment (furlough) next April. Right now Chad is feeling his way through to know what that means and what it looks like in his daily ministry work. We would really appreciate your prayer for the Lord’s clear direction, wisdom and counsel for Chad during this time as he directs his heart to seek Him in utter dependence.
Baptisms at SonRise Church
Shortly after arriving back in Japan our church held a baptism service. We had the wonderful privilege of observing the baptisms of our daughter, Yuki, and of a new Japanese believer in our church! The testimonies of their salvation and desire to follow the Lord truly touched the lives of those who were present at the service. (There was a real good crowd of witnesses of both believers and unbelievers on that day!!) Please join us in your prayer for God’s gracious work of protection and growth upon the faith of these new followers of Christ in our church.
It has been wonderful reconnecting with our church members after our return from home assignment and we continue to find such joy coming alongside them for encouragement and support through the ministry of prayer. At this time we would like to ask you to pray for Noriko as she is scheduled to lead the Praise and Prayer service at our church on November 15th. Please pray that the devotion and the time of sharing and prayer will provide our church members with special encouragement, and that this service may serve as a powerful testimony of our church to the unbelievers present on this day.
Noriko and co-worker, Sarah had a lunch meeting recently with a group of mothers from Yoshiki’s kindergarten. Noriko was able to share with them about our life experience in America (our six month furlough). The Lord has really used this meeting and various other opportunities though Yoshiki’s school events to reconnect the hearts of these mothers with Noriko’s. As we have more of these opportunities lined up in the upcoming days, please pray that we may be able to make the most of them in order to nurture quality relationships with them. At this time as we are also directing our hearts to seek the Lord regarding a Christmas outreach to these families this year; please join us in your prayer for the Lord’s clear leading and direction.
Prayer for Supporters
As you may know, prayer has always been an important part of our ministry here in Japan. One of the things that we are very thankful for was that during our home assignment the Lord made us aware of various prayer needs of you, our supporters. We were then able to pray more specifically for you. Being there and being a part of your lives in this way was such a privilege and blessing to our lives. We would love to continue to connect with your lives in this way, so please feel free to let us know of any prayer needs you may have.
- Please pray for the Lord’s clear direction, wisdom and counsel for Chad as he gradually takes on more leadership responsibilities in the TEAM Japan office.
- Please pray for the Lord’s work of protection and growth upon the faith of the new followers of Christ in our church who just got baptized recently.
- Please pray for the Praise and Prayer service that Noriko will lead on November 15th, that this service would make an eternal impact upon the lives of both believers and unbelievers in our church.
- Please pray for the Lord’s clear leading and direction regarding a Christmas outreach to the families from Yoshiki’s kindergarten this year.