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December 2008 Prayer Letter

December 2, 2008

Dear Friends and Family,

Merry Christmas to all of you! We hope this letter finds you well and that you will enjoy hearing what the Lord has been doing in the Snow family since our previous letter.

Yuki:

We would like to take a moment to introduce our daughter Yuki. She is a lively little girl with lots of energy. Her Japanese name “Yuki” means “to have hope”. We went through two years of infertility before Yuki was granted to us, and she is the testimony of our hope in the Lord during that time. She will be turning four in February, and Noriko has been teaching her Japanese since birth. She is able to speak it better than her Daddy!

Day of Prayer & Vision:

All the TEAM missionaries are required to take a “Day of Prayer and Vision” at least once a year to spend time alone with God seeking His vision and focus in their lives for the coming year. We took one individually in September, and it was a wonderful time of spiritual renewal and reflection upon our lives. Please pray for our continued dedication and obedience to adjust our lives properly and live according to what the Lord has shown us as His vision and focus in our lives this year.

Japanese Ladies Bible study:

In our last letter we shared with you our ministry vision which is that TEAM missionaries and Japanese Christians will become more effective and efficient in establishing reproducing churches in Japan by the support and encouragement provided through our God-given abilities and gifts.

There are missionaries here in the Dayton area reaching out to Japanese people. This year the Lord has granted Noriko a wonderful opportunity to be a part of a Japanese ladies bible study led by the missionaries. God has brought six unbelievers along with three believers to this study. It has been such a perfect pre-field preparation for Noriko, and we are very excited to see His mighty work in each of these ladies’ lives.

Chad’s Work:

The General Motors Assembly Plant where Chad works is closing on December 23, 2008. Starting in January he will be working month to month. Our plan now is, by faith, to go into full-time deputation after his work ends. As soon as our monthly support reaches above 50 percent, we will be able to draw on that support to help cover our health insurance, which is our main concern during his unemployment. As we face Chad’s uncertain job situation, the economic crisis in the U.S. and our feeling of inadequacy for the work of deputation, we have been reminded of the kind of faith that Abraham had.

“In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.” Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” Romans 4:18-21

Each day God challenges and teaches us to walk by Abraham’s faith, which is complete assurance in the promise of God. Just as God revealed Himself to Abraham as the all sufficient One when he was ninety-nine years old, whenever the crisis of belief comes upon us, He points our hearts toward Him and assures us He is the all sufficient One who alone is able to fulfill His calling in our lives.

Prayer requests:

  1. Please pray for our continued growing intimate relationship with God out of which effective ministry flows.
  2. Please pray that God will grow in us a heart that is sold out for the Gospel, so that our ministry verse may be fulfilled in our lives: “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
  3. Please pray for our continued dedication and obedience to adjust our lives properly and live according to what the Lord has shown us on the Day of Prayer and Vision, which is His vision and focus in our lives this year.
  4. Please pray that during this time of deputation God will grow in us a heart of utter dependence on Him and on nothing else for the fulfillment of His calling in our lives.

Sincerely

Chad and Noriko Snow

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Vision for Our Ministry

September 13, 2008

Dear Friends and Family,

We first would like to thank you for all your prayers from our previous letter. We have seen God’s mighty work through them especially in the training that we completed in July. It was a wonderful time of learning and encouragement.

Throughout the training one of the things that the Lord impressed upon our hearts was the importance of having a vision for our ministry and keeping it forefront throughout the ministry. For this reason, soon after the training we started to pray that God would reveal and grant His vision to us for our service in Japan. As a result the vision that we believe the Lord has cast upon our hearts is that the TEAM missionaries and Japanese Christians will become more efficient and effective in establishing reproducing churches in Japan by the support and encouragement provided through our God-given abilities and gifts.

We pursue to fulfill this vision in several ways. As we mentioned in the last letter, there is a great need for computer support for TEAM missions in Japan. There are about 90 missionaries there that heavily depend on computers to help them with their ministry. Most of them try to juggle computer related problems with all the other stresses of foreign missions. Chad’s main role will be to support these missionaries from TEAM Japan’s main office in Mitaka city (a suburb of Tokyo). This may require some traveling when problems and needs become too great to support remotely. He will also be responsible for the computer systems in the main office as well as TEAM Japan’s website which is in major need of updating and redesigning in order to attract new candidates for the field.

We believe Noriko’s primary role is to be Chad’s helper in any way she can, so that he might be able to carry out the work entrusted by the Lord. That is one of the major things that the Lord has been teaching and growing her to be for the last three years, and He continues to do so. We also would like to be a part of a local church where we can come alongside Japanese believers for encouragement and support.

As another highlight of the July training we met four other couples following God’s call on their lives and going to serve in Japan. It has been six years since the last missionary had been sent, and now God is preparing a whole new generation to reach this country with the gospel! Upon seeing this and their God-given burden and passion for Japan, we hardly can wait to see and be a part of the great work that He has in store for this country.

Many people have asked us when and what it will take for us to get to Japan. If the Lord wills, we are targeting to leave for Japan by the end of next year. For this to happen we will need to raise monthly support of $7,524 and transition expense of $40,103 (see graphs below). We are very thankful that God has already provided 15% of the monthly support and 5% of the transition expense. If you would desire to be a partner with us to help reach Japan with the gospel, linked here is a response card which shows you some ways to get involved.

We would appreciate your continued prayer on our behalf. Since our last letter, we started a new inductive Bible study. Please pray that God will use it to further prepare and equip us for our service to Him as He has done so tremendously with our previous study of Romans. In addition, as our lives become more focused on support raising in the upcoming months, please pray for our constant and complete dependency on Him to carry it out. Each day we are learning to trust that God who has called us is the One who will bring about the fulfillment of His calling.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us.

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The Snow’s Journey

July 9, 2008

Dear Friends and Family,

We are writing to you today to share the journey that the Lord has had us on to find His will in our ministry. The journey started three years ago after we completed a small group Bible study, “Experiencing God”. In this study, we learned tremendously how to seek, discern, and do the will of God in the area of ministry.

Chad started sensing that God was calling him to a change of direction in his life, and that He wanted to do more with his life than just work at his current job. God started growing his burden for the lost and missions. Throughout his life until now he had never felt led to missions, so to think that God may be calling him to it was a big change. He even started to pursue a mission agency where he thought that his skills would best fit. Through that door closing and counsels from others, Chad knew that the Lord wanted him to wait and seek His direction for His calling. When Chad started sensing God’s call in his life, immediately God called Noriko to make major adjustments in her life accordingly. She dropped some of her ministry commitments and made herself more available to him as his helper to join him in this journey together.

The next three years was a long process of us uniting our hearts to seek the Lord’s will in our ministry. Along with our regular prayer, we started fasting one day a week. Not only did the fasting grow our hunger to know His will, but also reminded us of the journey to which He was directing us.

We started an inductive Bible study of Romans together and it has been a perfect study during this time of seeking and equipping for whatever He would call us to do. Through this study God opened our eyes to see the glorious power of the gospel by bringing us to a deeper understanding of what it can do in a person’s life and what believers have in Jesus Christ. As a result our faith in its power grew as well as our burden and passion for sharing it to both the unsaved and saved. We have come to see ourselves more and more agreeably with Paul as debtors to the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Earlier in our journey God directed us to pray and ask that He would show us and create in us a heart He desires in His servant. Through the study of Romans we came to understand better that salvation is all of God by His grace without any cause within us. As a result, it produced in us a greater humility, awe, appreciation, thanksgiving, joy towards Him for our salvation, and it became more reasonable and meaningful to us than ever before to do what Paul urges us to do which is total presentation of ourselves to God as a loving offering for service to Him (Romans 12:1-2). This bond-servant heart of God is what He is looking for in His servants and the Romans study has produced it in us like never before to prepare us for our service to our Lord.

Last June, Chad was browsing some mission’s websites and came across an opportunity with TEAM Missions in Japan. TEAM Japan was in need of some computer skills to help support the main office and field missionaries. One of the things we had been praying for as we sought God’s direction for our ministry was that He would give us a burden, passion, and desire for what He would call us to do (Psalm 37:4). We noticed that He has given Chad a heart for missions (particularly Japan) and passion for computer work, and He has tremendously blessed his computer ministry at Patterson Park Church. Noriko has always had a burden to minister to Japanese people and had noticed the burden being increased over the recent years. After we considered all that God had been teaching and equipping us during the last three years, we decided to apply for this mission’s opportunity.

We submitted our application in September and were officially appointed to the position in May. Words cannot describe enough the joy and gratitude we felt in our hearts on the day we received the news. At this time we would truly appreciate your prayers for us on the following matters.

  • Pray for our continued unity in our pursuit to follow and fulfill His calling.
  • Pray that God will continue to enable us to faithfully walk in obedience to what He has taught us during the last three years.
  • God will continue to work in us to grow a bond-servant heart that produces service pleasing to Him.
  • Pray for the upcoming training (July 12-19) that God will use it greatly to better equip and prepare us for our service.