Thank you for praying for us! We have so much to share with you about what God is doing in our community.
A foreign exchange 30 minutes away.
We are amazed by God’s creativity in calling Japanese to himself. Last year we registered as hosts for a program similar to “couch surfing” where we provide room and board in exchange for a few hours of work everyday. Initially we thought this would be a great way to get help around the house (last fall one volunteer chopped all of our firewood to use for two years!), but God had even better plans. A few weeks ago we hosted two Japanese girls in their twenties (one of which lives only 30 minutes away) for one night.
The first night we were able to share a lot about Jesus over supper
The next day we had a previously arranged time of prayer and worship with our friends. The two girls rearranged their schedule to be able to join. At the end of our prayer time they both opened their hearts to us about the challenges they were facing at home.
The next week they asked if they could come back again.
One of the girls was able to stay for a Bible study the next morning. After reading the first chapter of Mark tears filled her eyes as she shared that she could never believe that anyone would say what God said to Jesus “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” about her. Because of an abusive family life she developed a very low image of herself. We encouraged her with the Gospel but we know it may take her several times of hearing and experiencing it before she believes it.
Trying something new, we sang “The Blessing” by Elevation Worship over her before she left. (This song has become our bedtime song so we have had lots of practice singing it). Again she was moved to tears as she experienced God’s heart towards her.
The Lord bless you
And keep you
Make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you
The Lord turn His
Face toward you
And give you peace
May His favor be upon you
And a thousand generations
And your family and your children
And their children, and their children
May His presence go before you
And behind you, and beside you
All around you, and within you
He is with you, He is with you
In the morning, in the evening
In your coming, and your going
In your weeping, and rejoicing
He is for you, He is for you