Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Beavercreek, Ohio!! We arrived safely in the States on March 3rd for our six month home assignment (furlough). We spent the first week with Chad’s mother and his brother’s family and the following week at TEAM’s Carol Stream office for some debriefing of our last four years. We just moved into a home in Beavercreek, Ohio just down the street from our sending church, Patterson Park Church. Our hearts are so touched by our friends and family’s overwhelmingly loving support and care since we came back to America!
Update on Chad’s Health
We truly appreciate all your prayers regarding Chad’s health issue. A week after our last prayer letter was sent out, Chad started seeing improvement. By the time he finished his medicine, all the pain was gone and he has gone back to eating normally since then. We really sensed God’s timely work through your prayers as we have gone through a very busy few months preparing for our home assignment.
Update on Christmas Outreaches
Thank you for all your prayers for our Christmas outreaches in December. We sensed you co-laboring with us through your faithful prayers every step of the way! About the Christmas party at our house, the Lord gave Noriko words, inner peace and courage as she shared her testimony with the mothers from Yoshiki’s kindergarten. The ladies were very attentive, and Noriko later received an email from each one of them sharing how much her testimony meant to them. Our hearts are absolutely moved to see that it was truly God’s sovereign leading for her to share the testimony with the very people that He brought to the party. These same mothers and children, as well as the families from the parenting course, attended the Christmas service at our church and got to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Home Assignment Updates
Beavercreek, Ohio will be our home base for the next six months’ home assignment. We are so thankful and excited that we will get to reconnect with many of you during this time to express our appreciation for your faithful support as well as to share its eternal fruit of God’s work of grace in and through our lives in the country of Japan!
Our children are doing well. Both Yuki and Yoshiki received such a heartwarming and thoughtful farewell from their schools and friends in Japan before our departure. One prayer request we have regarding our children is that we will have to homeschool them here in the States, so please pray for a smooth adjustment to that change for the kids and for us parents as well.
We are praying that we can connect with new individuals and churches during our home assignment in order to raise more support to get us back to the field as scheduled in September. We would appreciate that you prayerfully consider assisting us in getting connected with your church leaders or small group leaders to share about our ministry.
We are also hoping and praying that this upcoming six months may be a special time of encouragement and refreshment for us individually and as a family, which will result in an ever more fruitful ministry in Japan in the future. So please pray that the Lord would graciously provide and lead us to what it takes to fulfill this vision during our home assignment.
Chad and Noriko