Although last week was an amazing trip to visiting our dear friends and teammates the Luptons in Colombia, it got off to a scary start. We arrived last Friday evening and met Andrew in front of the airport to grab a taxi back to his house. The first taxi sent us away because we had … Continue reading It’s A Colombia Miracle
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20 One of our daughters threw herself on … Continue reading Goodbyes are a reminder of Kingdom growth
Hey friends, Just a short note to let you all know that Riva passed her National Counselor Exam today! It was the last academic hurdle before she can be licensed and a huge weight off of her shoulders. Thanks to those of you who have been praying for her throughout this long and winding process. … Continue reading Riva (and God) for the Win!
Hey guys, Just wanted to give you a bigger picture of what Next is doing among young people and ministry leaders around the world and ask you to pray! Radke Transition - Our new teammates, the Radke family, have now returned to Japan and moved into their new home in Nagoya. We're looking forward to … Continue reading Next news from around the world
During our debrief last month with MTW we shared what God has been doing the last 4 years in Japan. As we shared, it became apparent that God was more concerned with the work he needed to do IN us this term than what he had been doing THROUGH us. The counselors responded with "Oh … Continue reading Let’s get real…
It's hard to explain what it was like to be part of Camp Braveheart this year, a camp that Riva's mom started for kids who have lost loved ones. Often overlooked in the wake of a family member's death, 64 campers showed up to grieve their loved ones (some for the first time) and share … Continue reading Musings on Camp Braveheart 2017
I bet you didn't know that Next hosted a retreat for MKs in Europe two weeks ago... that's because our team has grown to the point where we were they didn't need us to attend! As our team continues to grow, we're developing the ability to localize our ministry focus, which for us means that … Continue reading Surprise! Europe Area Retreat
April 14th was the Global Day of Prayer for children. We're a little late, but please join us in praying anyway! Here are some stats about Japanese young people and the church to help you know how to pray: Please pray also for these kids at All Nations Fellowship (Nagakute campus family worship pictured below). We … Continue reading Pray the 3 P’s – Global Day of Prayer for Children
A friend emailed today to ask how our adjustment has been and this is what I told him. Hopefully it will help you know how to pray for us: "The basement is great! Way better than I could have imagined." My in-laws worked hard to make their basement into a comfortable, private 2 bedroom(!!) apartment … Continue reading First week (back) in the USA
God's love is amazing! Last week we got to see just a little of the breadth of it when M-San was baptized into the family of God. She had been coming to our church on and off for about 2 years, but long before that the Almighty chose to set his heart on this unremarkable young … Continue reading 2 Baptisms This Month!