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    And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.”.
~ Luke 18:29-30 ~

Dear Friends,

Over the summer, we had the joy of spending precious time with our sons, our parents, and some of our dearest friends in North Carolina.  Sadly, it was impossible to see everyone.  For that matter, we couldn't even work out a time to have our whole family together in one place, but a creative use of FaceTime allowed us to get something like a family photo with Kirsten joining virtually (photo above)!  Even though Kirsten was sorely missed, it was so nice to have our three sons together for a night and one, precious, full day in Boone.  It helped our hearts!

At different times in our lives, different promises from Scripture have loomed larger than others.  Recently, we've been thinking a lot about Jesus' words from Luke 18:29-30.

The last time our family was all together was 1.5 years ago at Joshua and Kirsten's wedding.  The next time we hope to have everyone together is 2 years in the future, during our next home assignment.  In the meantime, we cherish the brief time we had together this Summer, and we're already anticipating next time.

From the very beginning, the greatest costs of being here certainly haven't been finances or personal comfort.  Japan really isn't a bad place to live, we have great friends, a terrific job, and God is providing everything we need!  The cost we feel most acutely is the separation from friends, family, parents...and now our children.  We're told it'll get exponentially worse if God adds grandkids to the mix at some point!

Don't get me wrong, we're not planning to go anywhere!  God is blessing the work, and we feel a real sense of expectation about the future.  We're so happy to be back in Japan and are ready to get back to work.  I'll share about some of that work below.

The trip to NC helped our hearts, and we're remembering (at least today) that the eternal, unshakeable promises we're here to share with the Japanese apply to us too.  Specifically, we're taking a lot of comfort from verses like the ones above.  Would you pray the the Spirit would press those promises deep into our hearts? 

We also know that we're not the only ones making sacrifices for this ongoing work in Japan.  Thanks to each of you who making personal sacrifices and laboring in prayer for us and the Kingdom work here in Nagoya!  You're great partners and friends!

With Much Love,

Jeremy and Gina

P.S. --> for those of you who have asked for photos of our family times, be sure to scroll to the end!

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The Work in Nagoya
  • Gina had a great homecoming with the girls at Miss-Connect.  You can tell from the "welcome home" sign above that she was warmly welcomed upon our return!
  • In July, I officially stepped down as the pastor of All Nations Fellowship.  Eguchi-san is the established leader of the downtown campus, but the Nagakute campus is still considering who to call as their new leader.   At this point, I am continuing to serve as an elder in the church and look forward to spending time with Eguchi-san and Paul as they continue in their leadership roles.
  • The change in our role at ANF means that Gina and I can now devote more time to offering support to Japanese leaders and their wives.  We have been working toward this change for several years and believe it's the natural "next step" in our work here.  You can expect to hear more about this emphasis as we move forward.
  • We now have a team on the field!  This Fall, we added two new teammates who are already with us here in Nagoya.  Josh Curl arrived in late October, and Jessica Gann transferred to us from another local team.  Daniel Mitchell is fully funded and has already been approved for his visa.  We currently expect Daniel to arrive before the end of the year.
More posters from the Miss-Connect girls welcoming Gina home.  :)
For Your Praying
  • From 11/29-12/1, Gina and I have another planning time on our calendars.  These are such helpful times when we think together about our goals for the next 6-8 months.  Would you pray that the Spirit would lead us in that time?
  • Thank you for continuing to pray for the elders and congregation at ANF.  Now you know about some of the important discussions we've been alluding to in previous newsletters.  Pray for wisdom and guidance from the Spirit and unity during a pivotal time in the life of the church!
  • Please pray for Gina and I as we move into the new role of team leaders for this brand new Serge team in Nagoya.  Please remember Jessica, Josh, and Daniel.  Pray for friendships and unity to grow in the weeks and months ahead.  You can go ahead and begin to pray for our conflict, too!  Every team and relationship has that, so pray that the Spirit would help us in the disagreement and disappointment that will certainly come in the future!
  • Pray for Gina and me as we give more time and energy to relationships with Japanese leaders.  We want to see new ways to come alongside them to help them be successful and thrive in the work God has called them to do.  This is a new role for us, and we don't know what we don't know!  We need the Holy Spirit to lead us forward.
  • As always, please pray for our marriage, parenting, and children who are living abroad.  We are weak, but he is strong!
Some of the important things that happened over the summer - from the top:  (1) We saw the newlyweds, (2) Garrett got his permit and drove lots of miles, (3) Finally saw Josiah's dorm room, (4) we escapted, (5) Garrett rode horses with Ms. Linda every time he got a chance!
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