Archives For 2011

December 2011 Prayer Letter

December 13, 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope you all had a nice Thanksgiving. We spent ours with just our family of four. We enjoyed sharing with each other what we were thankful for this year. We were most encouraged to hear our daughter Yuki point out and thank God for some positive things that have happened this year despite the difficulties she has experienced adjusting to Japanese school. Continue Reading…

September 2011 Prayer Letter

September 26, 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

Hello everyone! We hope that you had a good summer. We have had a very hot and humid summer here in Tokyo, but now we feel it is finally coming to an end.

Annual Conference:

Once a year, TEAM Japan holds a conference in August, and all TEAM missionaries who are in the country are required to attend. It is a time of prayer, worship, fellowship and business. We were able to meet almost all the TEAM Japan missionaries at the conference and spend time getting to know them and their ministry. The conference has renewed our hearts even more to reach Japan with the gospel. Our hearts were also touched by hearing testimonies of God’s amazing work since the earthquake in the affected areas through TEAM’s relief efforts.

We decided to go up to the conference a few days earlier to have some rest and time away from the hot and humid Tokyo weather. We rented a cabin at TEAM’s Karuizawa Retreat Center. The Lord truly blessed our time together as a family. Our children had fun playing with all the other missionary children, and we spent most of the time just sitting on the porch talking with other missionaries who strolled by.

Yuki’s School Adjustment:

Shortly after our last letter, Noriko had the opportunity to meet in person and talk with Yuki’s teacher about some of the problems that she had been experiencing with other students. The teacher was very understanding and took immediate action to stop the issues. The situation improved, but shortly after the school got out for the summer break.

Yuki returned to school at the end of August and things have improved. She still struggles with kids treating her differently, but currently she seems to be handling it well. Please pray that God will use these challenges that He has allowed in her life to develop her character and prepare her for her future walk and service in the Lord.

Fulfilling Our Ministry Vision:

We are beginning to see more clearly how God is fulfilling our ministry vision — 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.

We have found that it was God’s perfect timing for us to arrive in Japan when we did. The TEAM Japan office has been in transition since Chad started working there. It has been great for Chad to be a part of this transition process right from the beginning and discover how his gifts and skills can be used there. They have adopted a mission statement (“We strive to effectively serve and care for our missionaries and assist related organizations through administrative support.”) that fits in line with our vision!

As for Noriko, her life has been focused on our family a lot these last couple of months, which the Lord reminds her so often the importance of her faithfulness in serving at home in this season of her life. God also has confirmed this with her, revealing His long-term vision that He is
going to use her faithfulness in this area to bear eternal fruit not only in our family’s lives, but also in the lives of people outside the home. Please pray that Noriko will set this eternal vision firmly before her in her daily service to her family. When she gets some time away from her family, she spends it in prayer for and with other fellow missionaries, people in our church, and new relationships (unbelievers) that the Lord has led her to recently. The Lord continues to give her a burden and passion for serving Him in this way, and she truly finds great joy in doing it and in seeing her gift of encouragement being greatly exercised through this ministry of prayer support.

We are becoming more and more at home in our church, finding where our gifts fit in the body. Chad has been able to use his technical skills to help out during service, and Noriko has been coming alongside with other believers for encouragement. It is also a great joy to see even our little children joining us to help set up the church for service every Sunday morning.

It has been our earnest desire and prayer that at every season of our missionary journey here in Japan and in every opportunity that the Lord leads us to daily, God will find our service faithful and pleasing in His sight.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray that the Lord will use the challenges that He has allowed in our daughter’s life to develop her character and prepare her future walk and service in the Lord.
  2. Please pray for Noriko’s daily faithfulness in serving at home, setting before her the Lord’s eternal vision for it.
  3. Please pray that at every season of our missionary journey here in Japan and in every opportunity that the Lord leads us to daily, God will find our service faithful and pleasing in His sight.

Sincerely,
Chad and Noriko Snow

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Please go to TEAM’s website at www.teamworld.org to get involved in the Japan Earthquake relief effort.

June 2011 Prayer Letter

June 13, 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope this letter finds you well. We have finished our move to Tokyo and are starting to feel more at home in our new house. We are so grateful for the Lord’s timely provision of our house through the gracious giving of TEAM’s retiring missionaries, which allowed us to move into a fully furnished home! Continue Reading…

March 2011 Prayer Letter

March 17, 2011

Dear Friends and Family,

We hope this letter finds you well. It is hard to believe that we have been in Japan for over a month now. As some of you may or may not know, shortly after we sent out the December prayer letter, Chad received word that his visa was approved. We bought tickets and left for Japan on January 26th.

Moving and Transition:

The months of December and January went by like a flash. The holidays were spent saying goodbye to Chad’s family. We spent the month of January packing, selling and giving away our stuff and saying our goodbyes to friends in Dayton.

On January 23rd we had a commissioning service at our home/sending church, Patterson Park Church. The service reminded us of God’s solemn charge and calling given to us to faithfully labor for the furtherance of the gospel in the country of Japan for His glory. The service also brought about within us a renewed dedication and fear for its fulfillment.

We arrived in Tokyo January 27th and spent a week at the TEAM Japan office in orientation. Then we moved to a different city where Chad started his language study. Despite the challenge, his language teacher has been very much encouraged by his progress so far. Please continue to pray for his continued diligent study and for wisdom for the teacher so that it will greatly benefit for Chad’s future ministry in Japan.

Noriko was able to attend a women’s retreat. It was a great opportunity for her to meet many of the other TEAM Japan missionary ladies and a tremendous encouragement for her to hear many of their testimonies which brought her to a deeper understanding of God’s faithfulness in our lives. A week later Noriko and the kids spent a week with her family while Chad stayed at home and focused on his study. Noriko’s family had not seen Yuki for almost three years and had never met Yoshiki, so our presence has meant so much to them.

Future Transition:

By the time you receive this letter we will be moving to our permanent location in Tokyo and busy trying to establish our lives in our new home. We are very excited to see Chad finally starting his ministry work in the TEAM office. We will also start visiting churches in the area, prayerfully seeking to know which church the Lord is leading us to be a part of for support and encouragement. Yuki will start the first grade at a Japanese public school at the beginning of April.

This time of adjustment and transition has not been easy, yet the Lord has been faithful to give us sufficient grace to carry us through each day. We appreciate and thank you very much for coming alongside us with continued faithful prayers, encouragement and support.

Support Update:

Even with our new/reduced budget we are still in need of about $650 a month to bring it to 100%. Please pray for our continued utter dependence upon the Lord’s provision of the remaining support and upon His enablement to live in any and every financial circumstance (Philippians 4:11-13).

Earthquake:

We were in Tokyo during the recent earthquake dropping some stuff off at our new house. It was Yuki’s first earthquake experience so she was very scared. We are all safe as well, as is Noriko’s family, who lives north of the epicenter.

As we seek on our knees God’s eternal perspective and purpose for this recent devastating earthquake in Japan, Jesus’ words to His disciples have been brought to our minds: “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” John 4:34-35 We thank our Lord and all of our faithful supporters for allowing us to be here at such a time as this to be an instrument of His eternal work of salvation in the lives of Japanese people. Please continue to labor with us through prayers that God will cause their hearts to become ever more open and ready to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ to gain His eternal life through this devastating loss. Our hearts are heavy with sorrow, yet at the same time hopeful to see how our sovereign God will unveil His eternal purpose for the days to come.

Prayer Requests:

  1. Please pray for Chad’s continued diligent study in Japanese language and for wisdom for the teacher so that it will greatly benefit for Chad’s future ministry in Japan.
  2. Please pray for our continued adjustment in life and ministry in Tokyo.
  3. As we start visiting churches in Tokyo area, please pray for the Lord’s clear direction on which church He is leading us to be a part of for support and encouragement.
  4. Please pray for our continued utter dependence upon the Lord’s provision of the remaining support and upon His enablement to live in any and every financial circumstance.
  5. Please pray that God will cause the hearts of Japanese people to become ever more open and ready to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ through this recent devastating earthquake.

Sincerely,

Chad and Noriko Snow

Monthly Support chart

Please go to TEAM’s website at www.teamworld.org to get involved in the Japan Earthquake relief effort.