Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Trip to the Americas

May 2012

Returning on May 8th my wife, Jo Ann, and I have just concluded our US and Costa Rica trip to attend a conference and minister to the churches. The Lord blessed our trip with many lessons learned, refreshing times with the Lord, meeting significant people in our lives and opportunities to promote God’s work in Japan. I am pleased to report that many people have renewed their commitment to continually pray for Japan and her people.
We are thankful to God for allowing us to continue our ministry in Japan. We recently received our new visas -- on our 18th wedding anniversary! Praise the Lord!
There are varied experiences in the work of the Lord. Sometimes there is sadness and grief and sometimes happiness and success. We are sad to see some of our people leave for different reasons. This year is a particular year of exodus for many of our longtime attendees and friends. Yet we rejoice that many of them have graduated already and are now pursuing the careers that God has prepared for them.
We also share the grief of a couple that lost their unborn baby last May 22. Yet, God is gracious to allow us to minister to them and assist them through practical help all the way to the last rites for the baby. Keiko-sensei, Sister Kawabata, my wife and I were all there to share the love of God and His comfort to the couple.
The LEC last May 26th was different. We still had our delicious cake and several choices of non-alcoholic drinks, but the venue was at Umekoji Park. It was a beautiful day and many of our guests attended in fact, more than the usual in recent months. We had a treasure hunting game that encouraged people to practice their English conversation skills, as well as games that invigorate the heart and spirit. We just love the camaraderie among the guests and volunteers alike. Thanks to Jake De Guzman who facilitated the activities.
There are many stories to be told more than this space would allow. However, we don’t want to miss the opportunity to bless God for all that transpired. He deserves our praise and to receive all the glory for “the things He has done.”
I say with King David in Psalm 9:1, I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works.”