We had so many exciting events this spring! Spring was such a busy season but it was filled with great memories. God truly blessed us. This is just a quick summary of these events.
Trip to South Korea: We went to South Korea to visit our friends who helped us while we were there in 2011 and also to attend our friends’ wedding. It was so good to see every one of them! Ever since we left South Korea in 2011, many of them prayed for us and gave us financial help as we worked on the disaster relief. We wanted to thank them in person and we are thankful God gave us this opportunity to do so! We just love our South Korean friends and their heart for God!
At our friends’ wedding. Can you tell Luke was excited to see them again?
These friends came to Japan to help us in 2011. They are coming back this summer!
We visited Dr. Billy Kim at FEBC (Korean Christian Broadcasting Company) and shared what God is doing in Japan. Dr. Kim donated for the disaster relief work in Japan and we can’t thank him enough!
We spoke at our friend’s church and were reunited with the young adults who prayed for us faithfully.
We had dinner with Yu’s former assistant at DBU and her mom.
Luke’s Playgroup at Church: We go to the playgroup that meets at our church every Tuesday morning. Most of the moms and kids that come are from non-Christian homes and it’s a great way to invite them to the church and to share the gospel. It’s one of Luke’s favorite times of the week. Yu has enjoyed getting to know other moms and many of them have come to our house for play dates.
End of the school year party (the school year ends in March in Japan)
Visiting Sakata: Sakata is where our mission church is located and we go there several times a year to help them with their English class, children’s ministry, and worship service. We had a great time with Pastor Fujii, his family, and all the church members.
Helping their Sunday School class.
They always encourage us when we visit.
Kids English Club: We lead the Kids English Club every Wednesday. We have about 20 children every week and most of them come from non-Christian homes that live in the community around our church. We teach English, sing Christian songs, and have a short worship service. Many of them have told us that their favorite time is the Bible story time. One of the cool things is that many of their moms stay during our class and worship, and they get to hear the gospel as well. Many of the children and their moms have showed their interest in knowing more about Him. We can’t wait to see where He leads us next!
Playing “Simon Says”
Love these kids!
Ministers Retreat: Every spring, all the ministers and their families from the Baptist churches Tohoku (northern Japan) area get together for a retreat. This year, we went to Iwate prefecture for this retreat and it was so much fun! Not only it was fun, it was great to hear what God is doing at each church. Even thought some churches are going through a hard time, all the pastors seemed to be encouraged as we prayed for each other. Of course, Luke enjoyed playing with the other pastors’ children.
Opening Worship Service
Luke and another pastor’s son giving a shoulder massage to the pastor’s wife. Everyone got to enjoy a special massage therapy!
Please pray for these pastors and their families!
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