Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. Luke 14:23
Gospel-Centered Church Planting to reach the unchurched 99% in Japan.

February 2019   Prayer Requests

  • Happy New Year! Please pray that this year God would use our ministry to reach a great number of people in Kawasaki! Or to reach a few people greatly.
  • Praise the Lord for his provision! We had asked for $17,000 in year-end giving, and God used your generosity to bring in all the money! Now we can return to Japan on time, and set up our new housing when we get there.
  • Please pray specifically for our support needs. We are looking at an additional $1250-$950 $450/month in support needs. We are praying for 3 new $100/month supporters, and 3 new $50/month supporters, but any amount helps. This is due to needing a larger home for ministry (and in a more expensive area than the rural north), and due to the strengthening yen projection over the next few years. 
  • If you would like to give to this need you can do so here.
  • Please pray for the Cross Project, our next church planting ministry in Kawasaki! Our teammates are in Japan now, the plan is to 2-4 new churches near enough each other for staff to work together. The first church plant building is scheduled to be built in 2019!

December 2018   Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for a safe birth for baby Rhea! Rhea was born in early November and both she and Maki are doing well. I’m amazed at how much busier having four kids is than three, but I kinda suspect the problem is having two ‘babies’, as ‘baby Hugo’ (almost 3 years old) is adjusting. He’s adjusting well though. We are now waiting for passports and visas before returning to Japan for our next project.
  • Please pray for our special gift needs. This differs from our monthly support, which is listed below. We need about $14,000 in special gifts to buy airplane tickets, set up life in our next ministry assignment. If you would like to give to this need you can do so here.
  • Please pray specifically for our support needs. We are looking at an additional $1250-$950 $900/month in support needs. We are praying for 6 new $100/month supporters, and 6 new $50/month supporters, but any amount helps. This is due to needing a larger home for ministry (and in a more expensive area than the rural north), and due to the strengthening yen projection over the next few years.
  • Please pray for the Cross Project, our next church planting ministry in Kawasaki! Our teammates are in Japan now, the plan is to 2-4 churches near enough each other for staff to work together. The first church plant building is scheduled to be built in 2019!

November 2018   Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for another new partnering church! Yes, I did copy-paste this one, because it happened again! We now have 12 supporting churches, three of them new from this home service!
  • Please pray for Baby number 4’s safe delivery. Maki is due with baby number 4 in three weeks. She is now squarely between the times she had the other three kids. Please pray for a safe delivery and all the logistics of hospitals, insurance, babysitters for other kids, etc., to go smoothly.
  • Please pray specifically for our support needs. We are looking at an additional $1250$950month in support needs. We are praying for 6 new $100/month supporters, and 7 new $50/month supporters, but any amount helps. This is due to needing a larger home for ministry (and in a more expensive area than the rural north), and due to the strengthening yen projection over the next few years.
  • Please pray for the churches being planted in Japan! There are currently three projects that are very close to our hearts, and many more that our co-laborers in Japan are working on. Pray that God would spiritually awaken the hearts of the Japanese, and that there would be a great harvest!

October 2018   Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for another new partnering church! We recently received word that another church in the Los Angeles area will be joining us in ministry to Japan through a monthly support partnership! We are so glad and encouraged to continue the work of planting churches in Japan with our new partners.
  • Please pray for Baby number 4’s safe delivery. Maki is due with baby number 4 next month, and is feeling very big. She has been early with all three of the previous births, so we are expecting the baby to join us in the first half of November. Please pray for a safe delivery and all the logistics of hospitals, insurance, babysitters for other kids, etc., to go smoothly.
  • Please pray specifically for our support needs. We are looking at an additional $1250/month in support needs. We are praying for 8 new $100/month supporters, and 9 new $50/month supporters, but any amount helps. God is better at math than I am. This is due to needing a larger home for ministry (and in a more expensive area than the rural north), and due to the strengthening yen projection over the next few years.

September 2018   Prayer Requests

  • Praise God for Spiritual refreshment! A few months ago, Maki and I hit a point where we realized how tired we were. Our communication between us wasn’t where it should be, and our ministry efforts felt centered on our own efforts. In the past two months or so we’ve been able to spend time talking through these things and it has been a very positive season of reflection. Now when we talk through concerns or hopes for ministry we’re on the same page a lot more, and are able to spot some of our overlooked tendencies that have kept us from relying on God’s leading in life and ministry. With that in mind we’re excited to return to ministry in Japan in January!
  • Praise God for a new partnering church! This past weekend we visited a new supporting church in the San Francisco Bay area. It is such an encouragement when new people and churches join the ministry to the Japanese. The need is great, and we are so encouraged when we meet people who are passionate enough about reaching the Japanese with the gospel to join in prayer and support!
  • Please pray for the rest of our home service. Maki is due with baby number 4 in two months, and is feeling very big. Aki and Leon are continuing homeschool (Aki in two languages). I’m in contact with more churches that are considering joining our team. There are more churches interested than are currently capable of adding missionaries, and that’s an encouragement, but there are a few more that might join, please pray with us that God would provide for our needs as we look to do church planting in Kanto!
  • Please pray specifically for our support needs. We are looking at an additional $1450/month in support needs. This is due to needing a larger home for ministry (and in a more expensive area than the rural north), and due to the strengthening yen projection over the next few years.

August 2018   Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for Spiritual rejuvenation. I’ve been encouraged by reading, sharing with friends, and sitting under the teaching of both my home church and many of the supporting churches I’ve visited. When we share Christ with others in Japan it’s important that they see Christ in us. This is not our work, but the Holy Spirit in our lives. Please pray that we would abide in Christ, so that the fruit of the Spirit would be manifest in our lives and ministry.
  • Please pray for our kids’ education. Aki (8) is working through a year-long homework packet from the Japanese elementary school which will keep him on track for re-entry in 2019, he’s also working to level up his English reading, writing and critical thinking skills. Leon (6) is working through some phonics books, and other basic skills books. He is set to enter Japanese elementary school next April. Hugo is generally running around the house in a diaper causing havoc. I suppose we can say he’s learning to speak both English and Japanese, which sounds more academic than ‘running around the house in a diaper causing havoc’.
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