Archives For June 2009

Dear Friends and Family,

Hello everyone, we hope this letter finds you well. We have been busy these past months with traveling and starting to go through things in our home as a small step toward the upcoming move.

Update on Chad’s Work:
Shortly after sending out our last prayer letter, we got word that Chad’s job would end on March 31st. We are praising the Lord that He allowed Chad two more months of work than was first expected last year when the General Motors Assembly Plant closed in December. Since then he has been working full time on support raising.

Pre-field Education Planning Seminar:
At the beginning of May we took a trip to Wheaton, Ill., for a Pre-field Education Planning Seminar. God truly used this seminar to teach us about education options for our daughter, Yuki, as well as to prepare us for our upcoming transition as a family. Please join us in prayer for the Lord’s clear direction and wisdom for Yuki’s future education in Japan and also for our sensitivity, understanding, and helpfulness toward her needs as she faces possible challenges during the transition.

Pre-field Preparation:
In the last letter we mentioned the missions course “Pathways” that Chad was taking. The course was completed at the end of April and served as a greatpre-field preparation for him. This course covered missions through four different paths: biblical, historical, strategical, and cultural. Chad came to understand better that historically God has used many different ways, strategies, and ideas to fulfill His heart to see all nations praise Him through their unique cultures.

The Japanese ladies Bible study on parenting that Noriko had attended ended in May. God has used this study to accomplish two great things in her life this year. First, in line with our ministry vision “that 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,” this Bible study served as a perfect pre-field preparation for her as she served alongside the missionaries who led it. Secondly, when she took a Day of Prayer and Vision last September, God clearly showed her that one of His major focus in her life this year was growth in parenting. This Bible study was absolutely God-given, serving to fulfill that vision of His in her life. Finally, we would appreciate your continued prayer for all the ladies whom God brought to this study this year, specifically that He will bring about eternal fruit by completing the good work that He has started in their lives.

Thank you for your prayer regarding our Bible study on the life of Joseph. There are many wonderful lessons we learned from the study. As God continues to prepare and equip us for our service in Japan, one lesson that seemed to stand out to us was how to forgive yourself of your sins and also how to help others forgive themselves. We saw in the lives of Joseph’s brothers the reign of guilt and fear from their past sin against Joseph. Joseph helped them to forgive themselves by letting them see God’s sovereignty over their sin that served His good and divine purpose.

Starting June 14th Chad will be taking a three-week course at Wheaton College on second language acquisition. The class teaches you how to effectively learn a second language. The language program that Chad will take in Japan is built upon this course, so please pray that he will come to understand this effective method of second language learning.

Support Raising Update:
We have been in the process of contacting individuals to broaden our network of people. If you are able to help connect us with your church or others and individuals with a heart for missions, please contact us at the email addresses below. We would love the opportunity to share with more people God’s heart and work for the country of Japan.

Prayer Request:

  1. Please pray for the Lord’s clear direction and wisdom for Yuki’s future education in Japan as well as for our sensitivity, understanding, and helpfulness toward her needs as she faces possible challenges of the upcoming transition.
  2. Please pray for all the ladies whom God brought to the Japanese Ladies Bible Study this year; pray that He will bring about eternal fruit by completing the good work that He started in their lives.
  3. Please pray for Chad as he takes a three-week second language acquisition course in June; pray that it will benefit him greatly with his Japanese language learning in the future.
  4. Please pray that God will raise people who are able to help us get connected with churches or individuals for more opportunities for us to share about our ministry.

Sincerely,

Chad and Noriko Snow

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