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Community, Baptism, Newest Member of Our Family, etc.

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Here are some photos from the last several months!

A surprise birthday gathering for Yoco, a good friend to Emma and many in our community & beyond. Emma has enjoyed spending many hours with many of these dear ladies over the last few years, talking about life, the gospel, and many other things.

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Last Several Months

Seita

Time flies... Here are some pictures and a video update from the last several months!

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Photo Update

Seita

Many things have happened in the last 4~5 months in the life of our family, one of which was going back to America for a few months. Here are some of the highlights of our trip (we forgot to take pictures at some of the places…we still loved our time there with awesome people!) and pictures from recent weeks after we came back to Toyosu.

I had an opportunity to preach/share what God is doing in Tokyo at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in San Diego (a generous church that has supported our new church planting work). I got to spend time with Hunter Powell (missions pastor) and Kevin & Jane Woo (my gracious hosts and a couple thinking about moving to Tokyo soon!). Thanks guys!!

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Introducing Ian & Chi

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Starting a new church is not something Emma and I wanted to do alone, so we prayed many times for like-minded partners to work with. God has graciously answered our prayers in bringing us Ian & Chi Nagata! Some of our friends met Ian when he came and visited our home church, Redeeming Grace Church, in June during our itinerating in America, but I wanted to introduce them to people we were not able to visit this time. I've asked Ian to write a little bit about their journey below:

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Three Years

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Last week marked the 3-year anniversary of our family's move to Tokyo. I can hardly believe that much time has already passe... God has been faithful to us each step of the way, and I want to take a moment to recount some of the highlights from the last three years. We're so grateful for every prayer that people have prayed on our behalf as well. Thank you!

We thank God regularly for our home church, Redeeming Grace Church in Fairfax, VA, for their incredible support and care for our family and their commitment to praying for the gospel advancement in Tokyo & beyond. I just watched some parts of the video from our send-off Sunday, and tears are welling up with gratefulness as I remember them and their love for Jesus and for us. They have also sent Vince & Bonnie Hinders and Mark & Lesley Mullery, RGC pastors & their wives and dear friends we love and trust, at different times to be with us - Expressions of God's goodness and love for us!

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