I'm writing to ask for your prayers this week. I am currently at a retreat center in the mountains just west of Tokyo. I'm here to help with "Grace Week," which is a spiritual retreat aimed at English-speaking, Christian leaders in Japan. Throughout the week, our team will be leading times of worship, teaching, and one-on-one mentoring with the 15 participants who have joined us. Our hope is that the week would be used by the Holy Spirit to renew and strengthen those who have come. Will you pray to that end? The work in Japan is difficult in so many ways, and some of these dear brothers and sisters are very worn. Pray that this would be a week full of true repentance, renewed faith, and spiritual refreshment! FYI - I will be speaking on Tuesday evening and again on Friday morning. I especially need your prayers for those two talks.
Then, on Sunday, I will be preaching at All Nations Fellowship. It will be the first time I've been with ANF in almost a year. Please pray for me as I preach the Gospel and spend time with church members and leaders next weekend and early next week.
A Quick Update Regarding our Transition to Serge
Gina and I feel encouraged by the response to the news that we are moving to Serge. Many of our financial partners have already changed their giving or communicated a pledge to our new Serge account (thank you!!!). Gina and I do expect that we will have some additional funds to raise before this Summer, but it's still a little bit early to know exactly where things stand. If you are one of our financial partners (or would like to become one) and are able to contribute to our Serge account moving forward, it would help to hear from you. Please feel free to email us directly, and we can help you communicate your intentions to Serge. Alternatively, you can set up a recurring gift or make a pledge using this mail-in form. Whether or not you are able to give, please join us in praying that God will supply the necessary funds and pledges for a departure this summer!
Thank you for your support in all of its forms like prayers, gifts, and words of encouragement. We are blessed to have such a strong group of friends and partners. The part you play is important! Thank you for standing with us so faithfully!