Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sharing in Sanger

This Sunday we had the pleasure of being able to share our ministry with the congregation of Sanger Community Church in Sanger, California.

Our Mission committee leader has been asked to preach at Sanger Community Church for a few weeks, while they look for a pastor. He invited us to come share what God is doing in Japan, and how we will be involved in ministry when there.

After service we had a chance to talk with people directly about what we will be doing in Japan.

One lady we met is organizing a huge yard sale, and offered us her Christmas decorations. It should be fun to see if there is anything we could use for ministry, boxed up in her home.

Please pray with us, that the hearts of the congregation of Sanger Community Church would be touched, and those God has called to partner with us in ministry would be obedient to His stirring in their hearts.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Woa-oh, we're half way there...

It's an exciting time to be in the Lord's hands. 

But then again, when is it not? Over the past few weeks there have been several developments that have pushed us towards the goal of being in Japan in the fall.

the first, and more stressful for me, was making the decision to turn in my resignation from my teaching position. The plan was always to let administration know that I would not be returning in the fall, once all our ducks were in a row. It was our fear that I would quit my job, and that God would not get us to Japan in the fall. through much prayer, and council, we came to the realization that we were making decisions based on fear rather than on faith. God has called us to Japan, and He is faithful to see His will be done.
So this week, I drafted my resignation from Valley Arts and Science Academy. What a sense of peace I had printing the letter and slipping it into my boss' mailbox! I feel confident that God will take care of us while we seek His will.

The day I was tendering my resignation, Stephen was meeting with a friend of ours to create a website for us. Our wonderful friend offered to create a website for us, something neither of us are capable of doing ourselves. 
If you'd like to check it out, it's  . I must admit I didn't get the play on words for a full 5 minutes. ( It was a long and eventful day at work :P)

The most encouraging parts of the week were completely unexpected surprises. We had two separate people seek us out to say the wanted to support our ministry. These were individuals, and couples who were aware of our ministry, but whom we had not asked for support directly. It is amazing how God moves the hearts of men and women, and such a reminder to me that it is He who is putting this all together, not us. 

With the understanding that it is God who is at work within us, enabling us to will and to act for His good purposes, would you pray with us that He would provide the rest of our support before the end of June. We are officially half way to our goal! We still need aproximatly $3,000 in monthly pledges before we are cleared to start working on our Visas. From that point, it will be 3 months until we are in Japan, preaching Christ. 

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

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