Like most of you, we’ve been crazy busy these last two months. And the only thing that has gotten us through it is the fact that we have an army of 500+ people committed to praying for us regularly. SERIOUSLY!
Sometimes you pray about things we’ve mentioned in a newsletter or email, like the Christmas parties we hosted this year. And we’re happy to tell you that God used your prayers. People heard the gospel and some have even followed up with questions and began conversations that will surely lead to their eternal rescue in God’s time. So, thanks for praying about the specific stuff!
But often, you probably don’t know what you pray for, so you offer up general prayers like: “God, please bless the Cains and their ministry with young people, and use them for your glory. Amen.” Today, I just wanted to ask you to PLEASE keep doing that, because God hears even those “blind” prayers and acts in really specific, omniscient, only God can do it sorts of ways.
1. When we moved to our new place almost two months ago, we didn’t know that a nearby parking spot would be hard to find. But, for some reason, people are dying to park their cars in this area, leaving no spaces for the naive foreign types. So, after months of searching, we still had nothing. Thankfully, public transportation is great here, so we were fine, but we were asking God to provide a spot by April 1, so that Riva could get around more easily (accessing and riding the the subway with 2 babies is a real hassle :). And because of your “blind” prayers joined with ours, our beloved “Barney” (because he’s purple and old as a dinosaur) will have a new home starting Feb. 1.
2. Ever moved somewhere and lost your key within the first month? Yup, that’s me! I needed to bring some things in and our of our building, but wanted to keep the car running because it was cold, so I put my key in the door and used it as I went in and out. Problem is: I left it there! And just one hour later it was already gone. The keys for this building cost a minimum of 200 bucks to replace, not to mention the fact that if it had fallen into the wrong hands, that person would have access to our whole building, and we may have to change all the locks. If I didn’t find it in a hurry, this already unwelcome foreign family was going to become a royal pain in the side of their new, uber safety-conscious Japanese neighbors. Today, our door man called and said the key had been returned.
The moral of the story is: Never stop praying for us. We’re a mess. We need more help than you could possibly imagine. And I am convinced that the only thing keeping us alive are the “blind” prayers you offer for us in your car or when you’re getting ready in the morning. We’re partners in this, you and us. So, keep up the good work!