Dear Praying Friends,
Well, after a fairly rainy summer in Minnesota, it's starting to really cool off at night, so pretty soon it will be a real autumn here, and you know what follows that in Minnesota! Thank You, Lord, for a warm apartment, a warm family around town, and for warm church brothers and sisters at Rice Lake Bible Chapel! Speaking of our condo/apartment, Mary and I have both volunteered to be on the Association Board and on the Property Committee, helping to manage the facility. Lord, please help us to be quick learners, and then helpful learners to others!
We've already had trips to Michigan and Colorado to see family and dear friends, and right now are looking forward to going to Winnipeg next week, and then later in October going to Mary's home church, South Church in Lansing, and other points east. As always, it's partly for reunion and fellowship and partly for reporting on the Lord's work in Japan.
Speaking of Japan, Bob and Io in Iiyama have told us that they are planning a reunion next Sunday for the 27 students who went to the American Homestay in St. Louis and Augusta last March. Brother Amano, the Christian who led the Homestay, will be the speaker, and this is a golden opportunity! Lord, please bring all 27, please anoint brother Amano with Your Spirit, and please give the young people receptive hearts! As you all doubtless know, a crowd draws a crowd, and our 13 or 14 people in the Iiyama Bible Center Assembly don't have a lot of drawing power, Lord, PLEASE give us some converts, and please send another committed couple to Iiyama to help in the Lord's work! And please continue strengthening Bob and Io, and the Watanabes, and the other believers we now have!
As to our efforts here in Minnesota, we ask your prayers for our taking over of the Set Free Prison Ministries in Minnesota, which uses mainly Emmaus Correspondence courses, along with Navigators courses. It's a steep learning curve for a computer-challenged guy, but we have really seen cooperation from others here in town! Other areas could include getting in touch with the Japanese church here in town, and possibly getting their help in the translation of the Emmaus courses into good Japanese. Nothing concrete yet, so Lord, please guide and empower us all!
Now that Mary and I are formally retired from Japan, a couple of changes are occurring. Since we both have Social Security income now, may we suggest that many of you prayerfully redirect your financial support to others who may have greater needs? Some of our supporting churches have already done so. Another possibility for us is to return to Japan for limited periods to relieve other missionaries who need to come back for a home assignment. At least we would know the language and the culture, and it may provide a short time of relief for others. Years ago in the Tokyo area, others covered for us during our furloughs, and what a blessing! Lord, please guide and provide, as You have done so faithfully over our 48 years in Japan!
Well, enough of us. How are you all doing? With our love and prayers,
Peter and Mary