As Emma mentioned in the recent post, we are going back to the US for a visit next week. It is a good opportunity for me to look back on the last several months and reflect on God’s goodness to us. Here are some pictures from the recent months. Enjoy!
The Kids English Week. We had some visiting short-term teams that helped us tremendously! Some of the moms who came with their children have also started getting more involved in our community and attended events and Bible study.
As a follow up to the Kids English Week, we started hosting “English Time” for moms and kids every other week. Some new moms have started coming, and we’re grateful for this opportunity to get to know them.
Emma reading to the kids at the English Time.
Ladies’ Bible study. Several non-Christian friends regularly attend this group. We are grateful to God for the work He is doing in the lives of our dear friends!
One of the highlights of the last several months is the conversion of Miwa (center). She made a profession of faith in Jesus this summer, and it’s been so inspiring to see her desire to grow as a Christian. Every time she comes to our house, she borrows a new book to read that would help her grow spiritually. She is scheduled to be baptized this month at Grace Harbor Church, and we are very excited to see the grace of God in her life! We thank God for her.
A view from the new civic center in Toyosu.
A recent photo of our kids. It must have been a “girls only” joke.
On the way to the Grace Harbor Church fall retreat.
Group photo at the retreat. Great opportunity to deepen our relationships with one another, including several of the friends who are not yet Christians.
Sunday afternoon picnic.
Toyosu Missional Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We had some traditional Japanese dishes that people brought, and we enjoyed the mashing of different flavors!
This fall we attended the Japan Church Planting Institute National Conference. Several hundred missionaries, pastors, church planters, and others gathered near Mt. Fuji to worship God together and to encourage one another in ministry. I was asked to lead the singing, and it was a privilege to serve.
I was also asked to teach a seminar on “a worshiping church”.
Grace Harbor Team photo taken at the conference. Grateful to God for each of them and their friendship, encouragement, and partnership in the gospel!