JEMS Church planters in Iwate

First term summary, second term hopes

We finished our first term in January, which is why I haven’t posted for awhile. I wanted to keep the Japan ministry close to the top of the page, but I also realize when the newest post of a blog is 6 months old the blog is dead. This blog isn’t dead though, and to prove it, I’m writing the very rare ‘home service post’. The update concerning home service is that home service is going well. I love visiting our support team, because it is a big encouragement to me to be with the people who care enough about ministry in northern Japan to partner with us. Also, my kids are having a blast doing American stuff like t-ball and jumping on grandpa while he tries to watch golf. I have a little tomato garden in my mom’s backyard that I’m hoping bears fruit before I go back to Japan in July. What a segue! We’re going back to Japan in July! 2015 VBS is right around the corner, and will be our first thing to do when we return, probably followed by house-hunting. Here are some things we were happy about in our first term:

 

  • Church attendance went up by about 10, from 18 to 28, during our time in Japan!
  • Our VBS programs were a great bridge with the community, both years had attendance over 40!
  • Our second year VBS program culminated in a record 92 in attendance at Church, where we included a song performance, hot dog lunch, and simple gospel message.
  • Our English classes ran 3 semesters, and we ended up with about 20 families that enjoyed the program, most of them expressed interest in returning in 2015.
  • Similar to VBS, our English class friends performed a song in our Christmas eve servce, resulting in about 50 people in attendance.
  • Our neighbors began coming to church regularly!
  • I began preaching in Japanese!

Here are some things we hope to do in 2015 and beyond:

  • We are looking to continue our kid’s English programs, and possibly begin an adult English program including a Biblical curriculum.
  • We are hoping to continue hospitality ministries, especially with mom’s of young children in mind, in order to do this we need a suitable house, please pray for God’s provision!
  • There are four church plant plans underway on the Iwate Coast, but not enough preachers to fill the pulpits regularly, I hope to help out with this ministry on a regular basis.

So that’s it in a nutshell! Thanks to all of you who read this blog and pray for our ministry!

Now for some gratuitous pics of my home service.

Easter in 'Murica.
Easter in ‘Murica.
home service 2
Coffee on the Pier.
home service 3
This is what you do for fun when you have little boys, and access to discounted homeschool day tickets.

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