Merry Christmas to all of you! We hope this letter finds you well. It has been an exciting and busy two months since we heard from TEAM Japan about the change in support requirement. We have set a target date of January 25th for our departure, depending on how long Chad’s Visa approval takes. We are planning to spend the holidays with Chad’s family (Christmas with his mother in West Virginia and New Years with his brother in Illinois).
We are so thankful for how the Lord has been moving in people’s hearts to provide our support. As you can see from the pie chart below, our financial support has increased up to about 79% since our last letter! There are also several additional people who are prayerfully considering to take us on in the new year. We also have received some one-time gifts that will be used for transition cost as well as subsidizing some work expenses. We are trusting in God’s continued work to bring about the rest of our monthly support. We would like to take a moment to thank, from the bottom of our hearts, all the churches and individuals that have come alongside us through prayer, financial support and other ways of encouragement for the last two and a half years.
As we look back over these last two and a half years of deputation, we are absolutely in awe of God’s unshakable divine plan and promise under any difficult circumstance. What seemed like hindrances — Chad’s unemployment, family adjustment with our son’s birth, Chad’s mother’s illness, and our inadequacy — could not hinder God from fulfilling His promise of provision to bring us to the field. We came out of this whole process with our faith greatly strengthened in His sovereignty and all sufficiency.
Moving and Transition:
This will be the first time we have moved in ten years of marriage and it may be the biggest one that we will ever experience! Going through all our belongings and deciding what to do with them has been a challenge for our whole family. During this time of transition, please pray that God will continue to grow in us a heart of utter dependence upon Him for His direction, wisdom, provision, and strength in every step of the way. Meanwhile please also pray that we will be able to finish our life here in the states well regarding relationships and ministry work that the Lord has entrusted to us over the years.
Having to grasp the reality of leaving dear friends and family in the states is another difficult thing that we are dealing with. There are many people that we would love to meet with, but time is very short. In January we are planning to sell our car, so travel will be limited to the Dayton area. If you are in the area and would like to visit with us before our departure, please let us know.
As we also look to the unknown challenges of our future, the Lord has reminded us of the importance of our continued abiding relationship with Him. Please continue to remember us in your prayers that we may walk in obedience to what the Lord has taught us over the years in preparation for our service to Him.
- Please pray that God will continue to grow in us a heart of utter dependence upon Him for His direction, provision, strength, and wisdom in every step of the way during this time of transition.
- Please pray for God’s continued work to bring about the rest of our monthly support.
- Please pray that we will be able to finish our life here in the states well regarding relationships and ministry work that He has entrusted to us over the years.
- Please pray that as we look to the unknown challenges of our future, we may walk in obedience to what the Lord has taught us over the years in preparation for our service to Him.
Chad and Noriko Snow
Update: On Friday(12/17/10) we received the word from TEAM Japan that Chad’s Visa was approved by the Japanese Government and that we could purchase airline tickets. We have ordered tickets for January 26th to leave from Dayton to Japan.