Do you ever take a moment to pull yourself back from the busyness of our daily life and routines and recognize the HUGE work God is doing – not just in your own backyard but all over the world? As missionaries, it feels like we have a front row seat, so we wanted to give you a snapshot of the ways we’re seeing God work globally.
1. Through the internet: During the month of January our GYFM team (comprised of missionaries serving in Europe, South America, Japan and the US) wrote devotions for our missionary kids living all across the world. Each day through email or Facebook they received a short devotion, Scripture verse and prayer. It was a cool way to interact with students around God’s word, even from a distance. If you would like to use the devotionals yourself, or pass them along to a student you know, send us a message and we can send you a PDF!
2. Through missionary friends: A friend from church is going to study abroad in Spain but doesn’t have many connections there. Through MTW missionary friends, we were able to connect her to people who would be able to not only help her adjust, but also continue investing in her spiritually. Another sweet friend who had been attending our church for the last year just moved back to her home in Thailand. It was so cool to be able to connect her to missionaries living in the same town as her who were able to meet her and invite her to church! She has enjoyed getting to worship at a church similar to our church here in Nagoya. Please pray for our friend who is not a Christian yet, that the Lord would use this new church to make his gospel clear to her!
3. Through the Japanese: Often, when people think of missions they picture people from the United States going to serve an impoverished nation. But next week a group of students from Christ Bible Seminary here in Nagoya will be flying to Dallas, Texas to minister the gospel to Americans! God is moving in such a way that even the tiny Japanese church is beginning to have a global impact!
4. Through relocation: We have many friends moving out of Nagoya in the coming weeks. It’s really sad on the one hand, but on the other hand, we realize that relocation is just God’s way of sending out missionaries and extending his kingdom to every corner of the earth. Our dear friend Rafael will be moving to Tokyo next month to begin a new job. But, he is looking forward to participating in an MTW partner church in Tokyo. A family who have been faithfully attending our church here in Nagoya and who are getting BAPTIZED this Sunday (woohoo!!) are moving to Nashville, Tennessee for a new job in a few months (boohoo). We are beyond heartbroken to see this family leave but are excited to see how God uses them and are jealous of the yummy Chick-fil-a sandwiches in their future.
5. Through language study: My friend Chiharu, who I have been studying the Bible with this year, will be studying abroad in Canada for the next year. Another friend, Haru, who I studied the Bible with last year will be returning from Canada, affording us the opportunity to reconnect. Neither of these girls are Christians yet, and I don’t know why God keeps moving them in and out of our lives, but maybe instead of losing things in the shuffle, they’ll find Jesus. Whether it’s through new Christian friends or stress, loneliness, and culture shock, God can use any means. So, please join us in praying for the “harus!”