We hope this letter finds you well. Our daughter, Yuki, started kindergarten on August 26th. She is attending JFK elementary school in Kettering, Ohio. Yoshiki, our son, just turned seven months and received a healthy report from the doctor last month. Chad’s mother is recovering slowly from her liver transplant surgery and is currently living with his brother in Illinois. We had the opportunity to spend a week with her and our nieces while Chad’s brother and wife were on vacation.
We took two big deputation trips this summer to Michigan and Illinois. In these trips God gave us an opportunity to present our ministry at two churches and one small group. Throughout the last two years of deputation we have prayed that God will lead us to the very churches and individuals that He has chosen to be partners with us and to touch eternally through our sharing. It has been such a joy and blessing to meet all the people that the Lord has led us to as an answer to those prayers. We ask you to continue to persevere with us in your prayers by faith that God will mightily work through them by bringing eternal fruit from the churches and individuals that we just visited this summer along with all the others that we have had a privilege to share about our ministry over the last two and half years of deputation, and that out of them He will raise many servants of His who will join in the ministry.
We are very thankful for the increase that the Lord has brought about in our monthly financial support this past three months. However, our monthly support has not been sufficient enough to meet our goal to leave for Japan by the end of this year. As we also mentioned in our March prayer letter, we have been living off of our savings since Chad’s unemployment in March 2009. Given these circumstances, we have started to pray asking God whether He would direct Chad to look for work to help sustain our lives during our continued work of deputation. We consider this a very big decision to make since finding a job could take some of his time away from support raising. We would appreciate your prayer that the Lord will make His direction clear to us.
Even though the support raising has been such a rewarding process in growing our faith, it can get discouraging at times. At the beginning of our deputation two and half years ago, our TEAM appointee adviser encouraged us to study God’s word and write out our philosophy of support raising. Based upon our study we summed up our philosophy in these words: “We believe that the ministry of giving is the grace of God, therefore we will fully trust in His work through us in the lives of people to bring about our support.” Recently we had an opportunity to review it, which bought a tremendous encouragement to our hearts. Please pray that we will continue to set before us our philosophy, letting His word direct and establish every step of our future support-raising work.
Have you seen the news about Japan lately? The Japanese currency, Yen, has surged to its 15 year high, causing the government to make some serious decisions about the future of the Japanese economy. Along with that, in August China surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world. Hearing about this economic crisis and other trials has grown in us a greater burden for the salvation of the Japanese people and desire to get to the field as soon as possible. Please intercede with us on behalf of Japan that during this trying, yet critical time, as God’s servants and instruments of His work of salvation in this country, missionaries and Japanese churches will rise in unity, catch His vision and join in it, and that many lost Japanese people will come to God for salvation.
- Please pray that God will mightily work in bringing eternal fruit from the churches and individuals with whom we have had a privilege to share about our ministry over the last two and half years of deputation, and that out of them He will raise many servants of His that will join in the ministry.
- Please pray that the Lord will make His direction clear to us on whether Chad should look for work.
- Please pray that we will continue to set before us our philosophy of support raising, letting God’s word direct and establish every step of our future support-raising work.
- Please pray for the country of Japan that during this trying yet critical time, as God’s servants and instruments of His work of salvation in this country, missionaries and Japanese churches will rise in unity, catch His vision and join in it, and that many lost Japanese people will come to God for salvation.
Chad and Noriko Snow