Viljoen August`21

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August 2021 update from Dale and Karen Viljoen,
ministering in Sapporo, Japan
Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel, the proclamation of Jesus the Messiah, in accordance with the unveiling of the mystery kept hidden for long ages but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings, according to the command of the eternal God, for the obedience of faith among all the nations - to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ the Messiah, to whom be glory to the coming ages! Amen.
Romans 16:27-27 (The Kingdom New Testament)
 
What a privilege it is to proclaim Jesus the Messiah to the Japanese! Unexpectedly on July 7th, Dale was interviewed live for an hour on a local FM station by Hokkaido councilor, Hiromi Mayumi. A great opportunity to talk about Café COEN and the unconditional love of the living God!

Cafe COEN had to close again...
 
Unfortunately, Café COEN had to close again for five weeks during May and June. While this made it possible for Karen to recover fully from her gall bladder surgery, the financial implications continue as we see some of our regular Café and English customers decline in numbers.

In amazing ways, the Lord provided through his people for us to continue to pay rent, utilities and salary during this period - all praise to King Jesus!
Corona -19 vaccinations
 
After considerable investigation, thought and prayer, for the sake of the gospel and our current ministry in Japan, we decided to get our Moderna vaccinations. Not only do we want to continue to be alive now to reveal and speak about Jesus’ love in the Café, but also we want to be seen to be “responsible” by our regulars at COEN, and to be ready to travel as easily as possible in the future.

Dale received his second Moderna vaccination August 5th. Karen will get her first on August 15th, and her second jab is scheduled for
September 12th. Please pray that Karen will not have any severe side effects (especially as her cooking is highly appreciated in the Café!).
Japan got 58 medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!
 
We especially enjoyed seeing  two sets of siblings win gold medals - The Abe brother and sister on the same day for judo; the Kawai sisters for wrestling. It was great to see their joy when they realized that their brother/sister had won!

Many people are praying for Japan because of the Olympics and the upcoming Para-Olympics. Please join them in prayer for this nation!
Praise and Prayer
 
Praise
  • God continues to provide for the finances of the Café.
  • That the Lord continues to protect us from COVID-19.
  • For the opportunity to testify of Jesus' love through the FM program.
  • For the provision of 93% of our OMF support budget.
Pray
  • For Karen as she gets her first Moderna vaccination on August 15.
  • We need a replacement for our AU short-term English teacher (Karen Bryant) who will finish teaching at COEN the end of December!
  • There is a family in the US whom we know and whom God is leading to Japan. They would like to come and help the COEN business. Please pray for the N family - for God to open the way, for finance, for them as they wait patiently in the States.
  • May we be a blessing to all of those with whom we come into contact - as light and salt, revealing Jesus' love.
  • For the COEN Bible Community to grow in faith and love (and numbers).
  • The Nishiokas need continuing prayer for their health needs. Mr Nishioka has needed to restart his chemotherapy; Mrs Nishioka is a little weaker.
  • That our support would reach 100% (Currently 93%)
  • For continued refreshment and spiritual renewal for us.
We would not be able to minister in Japan without your prayer backing, support, encouragement and friendship. Thank you!

Please let us know how we can pray for you, too!

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