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Dear Friends -

Happy New Year!  We hope the holidays were special time for you and your families!

In this first email of 2019, we thought it would be good to remind us all about why we're here in Japan as well as some goals for this term.  As always, we'll include some important prayer requests at the bottom of the page.
But first, an update, because we're seeing more evidence of the Spirit's work among us at ANF right now. 

A few weeks ago, a Japanese lady met me after worship.  One of her friends walked her up to the front of the room where I was standing.  She said, "Go ahead, tell him!  While you tell pastor Jeremy your news, I will take a photo!"  While her (very happy) friend took pictures, the young lady, eyes full of tears, told me about how she is trusting in Christ and wants to be baptized!

Another Japanese lady in the church was baptized almost a year ago while our family was in the US.  She recently went out on a limb to share the Gospel with her dying father, and reported that he professed faith in Christ before he died!  Now, her husband is openly professing faith in Christ, and he is considering baptism, too!
Why we're here (a reminder)
  • Depending upon which set of criteria you use, the Japanese people rank as the largest (or 2nd largest) unreached people group in the world. Statistically, only around 1% of Japanese profess to follow Christ.
  • Every day, we interact with men, women, and children who have never heard any aspect of the Good News.  Every week, we have the honor of sharing that News through the preaching and worship at All Nations Fellowship.
  • Leaving the US at the end of home assignment was hard this time.  For Gina and me (maybe not as much for our boys), living here in Japan is tough.  However, the work here is important, and we're seeing fruit from our labors.  More and more, we find ourselves loving the Japanese, and we want them to know the great hope that comes through the Gospel of Christ.
  • We're here representing you!  That's not a sales pitch.  In reality you are a big source of confidence for us in this calling.  You're supporting us so well, and that support underscores the fact that we're a part of a Kingdom work.  If the King is at work building his Kingdom in Japan, we want to be a part of that.  Thank you for your partnership with us!

Our two main focuses for 2019...
  • Church Planting and Leadership Development.  Currently, this is happening primarily through the ministry at All Nations Fellowship (ANF).  ANF has two, bi-lingual campuses that we want to see grow into two, particular churches.  During 2019, Gina and I will spend the majority of our time investing into the families of current (and future) Japanese apprentices, interns, and pastors at ANF as well as some other local churches.  Right now, ANF has 2 apprentices, 2 interns, and an assistant pastor.  Recently, we've been talking to a new, seminary-trained Japanese man who is interested in a future apprenticeship.  That's enough to keep us busy!
  • Gospel Renewal for Kingdom Workers in Japan.  Church planting and pastoral ministry is tough anywhere, but it's even tougher in a place like Japan.  Burnout is real and always a danger here.  So, in addition to helping develop Japanese leaders, we want to play a role in strengthening other Kingdom workers who are planting churches and sharing the Gospel in Japan.  In February, we will work with the Church Planting Institute (CPI) of Japan to help lead another "Grace Week" retreat near Osaka.  The goal is to remind Kingdom Workers that the same Gospel we proclaim to unbelievers is the power of God for renewing our own hearts and minds.  In May, we expect to hold our first Grace Week in Japanese, which will open the door for Japanese pastors and leaders to attend.  Gina and I are also serving as the "Pastoral Associate Couple" for MTW's CBI Team here in Nagoya.  We love those guys and want to see them thriving in the important work to which God has called them!
Prayer Requests
  • CPI's English Grace Week will be held from February 4-8 near Osaka.  Please pray for Jeremy as he prepares to teach, mentor, and lead over the course of the week.  Other leaders will be traveling from around Japan and even the US.  Ask the Spirit to make us bold, sensitive to His leading, and that He would use the week to build God's Kingdom in Japan!
  • All three boys are doing well at school this year.  Their grades are good, and they seem to have strong relationships.  Josiah - especially - longs for a Christian friend, and we'd ask you to pray for God's provision there.  All of our boys are young men who are at important stages in their lives.  Pray for their love for Christ to grow.  And pray for Gina and me as we parent them!
  • Our house in Asheboro is still undergoing repairs.  There have been lots of delays due to weather and holidays, but it's almost finished.  As soon as repairs are finished, we'll list the home for sale.  Since we're not paying a mortgage and don't have a renter, we need to sell the house as soon as possible.
  • Pray for the numerous folks in Nagakute who are wrestling with the Gospel and considering baptism.  Pray that the Holy Spirit will give them both faith and courage.  
  • Pray for Gina and me.  There are never enough hours in a week here,  but lately, we've been stretched too thin. Pray also for our marriage and our walk with our Heavenly Father.  Ask him to make us soft toward Him and toward one another.

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