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.
We would like to announce the birth of our second child, Yoshiki Snow, on February 7, 2010. He weighted 7 lbs and was 19 inches long. His name in Japanese means “righteous tree” which was inspired by:
Isaiah 61:3b “They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.”
Yoshiki (pronounced like yo-she-key) has been an absolute blessing to our lives and at the same time we have had to make a quite adjustment in our lives in many ways. Please pray for God’s daily strength and wisdom for us to go through this challenging transition as a family.
TEAM Japan Website:
Recently Chad had the privilege to be a part of a team of Japanese missionaries working on redesigning the TEAM Japan’s website. The website has been completed and went live on December 23, and has already been used greatly to attract new candidates for the field. Please take the time to check out the site at www.teamjapan.org.
Support Raising Update:
Support raising has been going slowly for us right now, with the birth of our second child and with Chad’s mother battling with liver cancer since October of last year. These two things have taken a lot of our time and energy over the last couple of months. Please pray that during this challenging season of our lives God will grow our utter dependence upon Him for His daily direction and His all sufficiency in our future work of deputation, and that despite of these limitations He will continue to move powerfully in the lives of churches and individuals to join us in our ministry.
Meanwhile we are attending a mission conference at Chad’s brother’s church in Morton, Illinois, at the end of March. The main speaker of the conference is Joel Kaufman, a TEAM Japan missionary. We are very excited to spend some time getting to know his family and being inspired by the message that God has laid upon the hearts of these seasoned missionaries.
At the end of April we will be traveling to Dryden, New York, for another mission conference at Dryden Baptist Church. Please pray that our service there will have an eternal impact in the lives of people.
Many people have recently asked us how we are living with Chad’s unemployment. We have found that many people assume that we are living off of our current support. Unfortunately we are unable to draw from it for living expenses until we leave for Japan. For this reason we are currently living off of our savings. We have been totally amazed by God’s faithful provision since Chad’s unemployment till now, yet at the same time because of this financial situation we are fervently praying that we will get to the field as soon as possible. Our current support comes from two churches and 26 individual families. To reach our goal of 100 percent support, we would need about 60-70 more individual families and two to three more churches. Would you consider seeking and asking God whether He would lead you to be a part of the process of getting us to the field?
- Chad’s mother has been battling liver cancer since October of last year and just had a liver transplant on March 4. Please pray for her recovery and for the Lord’s wisdom on how we can best support her and family at this time.
- Please pray for our continued adjustment as a family upon the birth of our second child.
- Please pray that during this challenging season of our lives God will grow our utter dependence upon Him for His daily direction and His all sufficiency in our future work of deputation, and that despite the limitations He will continue to move powerfully in the lives of churches and individuals to join us in our ministry.
Chad and Noriko Snow