Chitchat: Greetings! It’s been a long time since you have heard from me in this format. Many of you know that my uncle went to be with the Lord. The Lord opened the door for me to come to the states for the funeral and to spend some time with family. As I spent time visiting with different people, they asked if I was still doing Kim’s Korner. Since I am slightly stranded here in the states right now with all the snow, I thought maybe it was time to revive it.
We’ve been very busy in Japan. Christmas is the busiest ministry time of the year for us. This year, I hosted a ladies’ tea party for the first time in Nagoya. I encouraged the ladies of the church to invite a friend. I was praying for 20 ladies. The Lord answered with 21! I spoke through a translator on some of my Christmas traditions, favorite Christmas memories and the reason we celebrate Christmas. Several ladies heard the gospel for the first time.
Our new international church is growing. The service is attended by people from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada and America. Last week, a young family from the Cameroon visited for the first time.
Our church group is small, but God has given us a lot of different talents. We had a bilingual Christmas concert with approximately 60 people attending. We had a flute trio, violin solo and duet, piano numbers, guitar solo, a ladies’ singing group and a men’s ensemble. It was a joyful time. The most encouraging thing to me was the fact that each visitor came as a result of a personal invitation from someone in the church.
A personal blessing to me is the prayer/Bible study time I have with two young mothers. One is from Canada and is a new Christian. The other is from Indonesia. We spend a lengthy time in prayer. Those ladies know how to pray!! We’ve seen God answer prayer and it is so exciting. They are also very eager to learn all they can about their God. Their enthusiasm is contagious! I’m thankful for the fellowship I have with these dear ladies.
Furlough News: We plan on returning to the states sometime after the 15th of May for a one year furlough. My daughter will be starting college the end of August. Lord willing, our son will be graduating in May of 2011.
A retired missionary couple who served in Japan for many years will be filling in for us for 6 months. We are still praying about the other 6 months.
We have been offered a home in near our children for 6 months. We are still praying about housing for the rest of our furlough.
We have begun the search for a vehicle for our furlough. We are praying for a trustworthy van. There will only be 3 of us traveling this time, but there will be luggage and other things that we have to haul around with us. There will also be times when the 5 of us may be traveling together.
Something to think about: A verse that is a source of strength to me is Deuteronomy 31:8. “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” I’ve seen the Lord go before me in so many ways. He cares about the tiniest of details and He goes before me and makes a way. I do not need to be afraid because He is always with me.
1. Our house is for sale. We are praying that it will sell soon.
2. We need housing for the first part of our furlough beginning in May.
3. We are looking for a trustworthy van for our travels.
4. Please continue to pray for someone to fill in for us for 6 months in Japan.