As we begin the new year, I am reminded of Paul’s resolve. “…This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13, 14) Regardless of the means, or the capacity in which God chooses to use me, my desire is to continually be molded and shaped as His vessel, until I am completed in His presence in glory.
Christmas is a special time for our church, simply because of the interest Christmas draws to Christianity during this season. It is a great opportunity for our church family to reach out to their family and friends to hear the Gospel through the story of Christmas. Because we were so limited on space at our church for our Thanksgiving outreach, we decided to rent a hall for our Christmas service. God blessed the service immensely, with 52 people attending, and 10 visitors; 3 of which were first-time visitors. Again, my neighbors Norio and Mieko came, and Norio jumped in to help out throughout the time he was there. Please continue to keep them and the other unsaved friends and family in your prayers!
Visitors Throughout the Year
God has been continuing to bless us with a church family that consistently reaches out to their family and friends with the Gospel. In 2014, we’ve had 103 visitors, the highest number of visitors that our church has ever had! Out of those, 52 of them were first-time visitors. Those numbers represent countless personal invitations, thousands of pamphlets passed out, and many, many people praying for them! For those of you who prayed, THANK YOU!!
Over the past several months, we have been very encouraged to see several Christian visitors who have started to attend our services, including several families in which the father is a Christian. The need for strong Christian men in our church is evident, and God may have answered that need through these families. I am very thankful for the way they have already jumped in and become actively involved in our church. Wow! What an encouragement! I earnestly pray that God uses them mightily to draw unsaved fathers and husbands to Himself. Please pray that God would use us to encourage and disciple these families.
Please continue to pray for us in the coming year, that God would protect our physical and spiritual health, that He would bless our family and our church, and that he would give us faith to follow whatever paths He has in store for us.
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