Dear Prayer Partners
Greetings in Jesus’ name from Sendai!
Many thanks for praying us back to Japan. We are grateful that God has not put us on the shelf yet and that we are back in ministry at Sendai Evangelical Christ Church. Our aim is get the church to independence meaning it will have its own land, church building, have mature self-government, its own Japanese pastor and be self supporting financially, without needing missionary help. For this the church needs to grow in maturity and in numbers. This coronavirus has been a good test for them. It has shown up how people value opinions (their own and others) rather than trying to discern the will of God in the Bible. Paul says this is a sign of immaturity (1Cor. 3:1) and bans opinion-sharing (Rom. 14:1) instead of bible study. Please pray for us this Sunday as we will talk through the church’s plan for September. At the moment to reduce crowding the congregation is divided in half and meets alternate weeks with the others listening online. The corona situation has improved a bit here in the last month but we’ll probably continue like that in Sept.
On 5th we have a lecture on Ayako Miura who was a Christian author popular in society. Some of you may have read her books. On 12th and 19th we have mini-concerts at Yuriage with tsunami evacuees. We have the Hallelujah meeting on 17th at Yamamoto. Please continue to pray for the embryonic church plant at Gamo where we have 3 meetings in Sept. Also the Hitokita house is nearly finished and when it is we will start having weekly meetings there too (this is an unchurched area in the south-west corner of Sendai).
Thank you for your prayers and support!
love from Rod and Glenda