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Our undertaking to India really appeared to me, on its commencement, to be somewhat like a few men, who were deliberating about the importance of penetrating into a deep mine, which had never before been explored. We had no one to guide us; and while we were thus deliberating, [William] Carey, as it were, said “Well, I will go down, if you will hold the rope.” But before he went down . . . he, as it seemed to me, took an oath from each of us, at the mouth of the pit, to this effect — that “while we lived, we should never let go of the rope."  (Offering Christ to the World, 136)
Dear Friends - 

In our last update, Gina shared about our heavy hearts as we sent another of our boys to America for college.  As you probably remember, we'd hoped to make the trip with Josiah but weren't able to do so because of the pandemic.  It was a hard adjustment for us, but the ways you responded to that email were lavish and loving.

We received so many quick, comforting notes to remind us of the Good News that the Spirit is with us and our children.  A few of you helped to connect Josiah (and us) with Christians friends in the Boone area - and because of your help, Josiah arrived at college with an amazing support network already in place and waiting to welcome him!  He's now plugged into a great church and campus ministry, and he's making the kinds of friends parents dream of their sons making during their first semester of college!

So, thank you for loving us so well, again and again.  Thank you for lifting us up in prayer, for not correcting us or making light of our grief, and for being the hands and feet of Christ as you mobilized to care for us in these tangible ways. 

I vividly remember meeting with a number of you in October 2012 - just before we traveled to Nagoya for our first term.  During our time together, remembered William Carey's exhortation to the Baptist Missionary Society before he departed for India in 1792.  Gina and I shared that we were willing to take this frightening step to the field, but that we needed for you to "hold onto the rope."  You've done that, and Summer 2020 has been one of those seasons in our life as missionaries where your response reminded us that that you haven't let go!  Thank you for partnering with us so faithfully!
 

Love,

Jeremy and Gina

As you know, we have been blessed to work with Yu and Asako Eguchi over the past 4 years.  Yu-san served with us at ANF as an intern, an apprentice, and now as the pastor of ANF's downtown campus.  During that time, Asako-san has been pursuing a counseling ministry, and she was recently featured in this video by Christ Bible Institute here in Nagoya.  The video is intended to introduce a program called STEPS, but mainly, it's an opportunity for you to hear Asako-san's testimony and a little of her heart.  As a bonus, you'll have a glimpse of CBI's vital ministry in our city.  We're honored to work alongside of both the Eguchi's and CBI as we continue to invest in Japanese leaders in our area.  The video is around 6 minutes long.
FINANCIAL UPDATE

Our support account makes us feel CAUTIOUS right now.  Over the 3rd quarter of 2020, we saw a couple of lean months where overall giving was lower than normal.  We're also aware that a few of our financial partners are needing to scale back a bit.  We'll be watching more carefully over the next few months and will keep you informed.  Thank you all for your continued generosity even in the face of uncertain and difficult times.  And thank you for being true partners together with us in this important work! 

We'd certainly appreciate your prayers in this area.  If you are in a position to to make a special, year-end contribution to strengthen our financial position and make up for these leaner months, we'd be grateful for that, too!  Thanks, friends!
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When our annual spiritual retreat called "Grace Week" was cancelled due to COVID-19, several Japanese pastors from the Tokyo area decided to host a virtual retreat called "Grace Weekends Online."  The idea was well-received, and over 90 Christians are gathering every Saturday morning in November to worship, pray, and seek renewal from the Holy Spirit as we consider the amazing Grace of God.  Although you can see some missionary's faces in the photo above, the event is planned and led by Japanese leaders.  Furthermore, the vast majority of the participants are Japanese Christians from all over the country. Please join us in praying that God would use this time for the growth of his Kingdom here!
For Your Praying
  • Pray for our friend, H-san - His wife was baptized a couple of years ago, and she has been growing in her faith.  H-san has continued to attend worship, participate in church events, and study the Bible.  Recently, he seems more and more like a true believer!  Please join us in asking the Spirit to bring him to a point of clear faith and repentance!
  • Grace Weekends Online (above) - Join us in praying for the leaders and participants of this virtual retreat meeting on Saturday mornings in November. 
  • ANF's two campuses - As the pandemic continues to drag on, it is impacting the life of our church communities in new ways.  This month, please pray for singles in our church who are disconnected and wrestling with loneliness.  Also pray new Japanese Christians and inquirers who have gravitated back to the "fringe" of the church community.
  • For Wisdom about the Future - For some time now, Gina and I have felt unsettled and stirred up about how to better invest in young Japanese leaders and their wives/families.  These leaders are the future of the Church in Japan, and we believe God has called us here primarily to serve them.  We're getting some clarity about how this can look moving forward, but we need more!  Will you pray for the Spirit to grow our vision and understanding about how best to serve these Japanese leaders?  Thank you!
  • New Teammates - Please remember to pray for our friends Daniel Mitchell and Josh Curl as they raise support to join our team here in Nagoya.  We plan to send a special update later this month to introduce them to you!
  • For Our marriage, our parenting, our hearts, and our walk with Christ.  
  • For Our children:  Joshua & Kirsten (North of Atlanta), Josiah (Boone, NC), and Garrett (Nagoya).
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