2018 was another fruitful year for our ministry in Japan. We continued our weekly Bible studies, branching out from meeting in a small apartment to a community center classroom. This allowed us to invite more people to our services and grow the ministry in Japan. We completed our study on the Gospel of John, and are now halfway through the book of Romans. It is truly exciting to see the growth of people who attend, including us!
We hosted two conferences this year in Japan, one in the spring and one in the summer, and had great turnouts. Teams came with Pastor Steve DeVries and Pastor Dan Dunbar. We are planning another conference in late spring 2019. Dates TBD, but please let us know if you are interested in coming.
The hospital we both worked at has several outreach programs, one of which is to a local Japanese orphanage at Christmas time. We were delighted to attend and see all the smiles on these kids’ faces as we played with them and brought them gifts on Christmas Eve. However, we were saddened to learn that Japanese people typically do not adopt children, as they believe in the sanctity of their own blood lines. Therefore, the vast majority of these children will never become adopted. Please pray for these children, that God will find a way to reach their hearts and souls, and one day they’ll know that He has chosen them and has personally adopted them.