This Works!

Solving poverty in impoverished communities is no easy task. Poverty is present everywhere we minister. Giving people welfare relief may have an air of compassion but we have recognized that it could hurt them in the long run. How does White Fields address this portion of our ministry to become a solution instead of compounding the problem?

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Yoshiaki Suzuki

Recent Ministry

Our concert went great. At first, we were hesitant to hold an event after the recent typhoon and its effects on the community. We sensed that it helped with the process of recovery for the people in our area, so we were glad we went ahead and did the concert. We had thirty-eight people in total, and twenty-seven of them were new individuals. We received donations from the attendees that we sent to the disaster relief center. We also allowed the volunteers to use our minitruck to assist in the relief efforts of clearing mud from the local community homes that had been caused by the flooding.

  • Pray for the relief efforts to go smoothly and for people to come to know Christ.

We had quite a few elderly people who attended the concert. It was an excellent opportunity for our church to make a positive impression among the local people in the community. I will mention a few names so you can pray for them. It was the second time for Kimiko to come inside our church; she is in her early sixties, and we have a positive neighboring relationship. Takehiko is in his sixties, and Michiko is also in her sixties, they live on the same block.

  • Pray for these people, Kimiko, Takehiko, and Michiko, that we would get to know each other better and to establish friendships with them.

Tadayoshi is one of our church members and a university professor of the Social Welfare Department. He is getting married, and the schedule has been set for the engagement ceremony next month and the wedding ceremony a few months after. Tadayoshi is a faithful attendee to our church, including the worship service, prayer group, and after-worship fellowship. He is also a committee member of the school’s establishment of a new graduate school.

  • Pray that God will sustain Tadayoshi in his academic and professional field as well as his faith walk.
  • Pray for his upcoming marriage and for his future wife.

Miwa came to the student’s fellowship we held as a follow-up after the concert. She is also attending the bible study conducted by Professor Tadayoshi on campus.

  • Pray for Miwa’s salvation.

Masaru is in the process of recovering and regaining his health. We are hoping to start an individual Bible study with Masaru once he gets better.

Two of the Vietnamese trainees, Hi (twenty-five) and Cuong (eighteen), live in the east side neighboring company dorm. We invited them, but they were unable to come to the French Horn concert. However, our partner seminary student is keeping in touch with them, and we have invited them to another event.

The neighboring household and family of Ms. Aono came to the concert and brought their friend who is a doctor. Ms. Aono kindly informed us that the doctor enjoyed the show. Still, according to her, he was hesitant to come to church. We are hoping to get to know this doctor and are praying that he connects with Ms. Aono and attends the church.

My wife Sayoko had surgery on her hip joint recently, and the operation went well. She is doing rehab every day, and the pain is gradually decreasing. My wife says that rehab is tough, but she is hopeful that it will help her walk freely in a few weeks. Please remember me in your prayers at this time. I have taken over my wife’s responsibilities at church, including the prep for lunch fellowship and cleaning the worship hall in addition to my regular duties.

  • Pray for healing for Sayoko.
  • Pray for Pastor Suzuki as he balances multiples roles.

The number of international students from Korea has decreased so there has been some discussion regarding housing. The decision was made that instead of renting and living in the same dorm in a large building, there will be two students who are moving into the pastors’ residence. They are both aiming to enter graduate school.

We are praying for the Nagano Typhoon Aftershock Task Force to have a smooth handover of some activities to the local government offices.  This group was initiated by a coalition of the local Christian churches.

  • Pray for this transition and for the community to continue recovering from this natural disaster.
  • Pray for the upcoming baptism of Ken, who is in his fifties.

Rodrigo Avila Archive

October 2019

As you may know, it has always been my desire to go back to Chile, my homeland, to plant a church where I can preach and teach the Bible and shepherd God’s people and evangelize the lost. But, are there any specific ways that I, by God’s grace and providence want to accomplish these things? Yes, there are. I want to take some time to share with you briefly two of the many features that hopefully will mark my ministry in Chile: Expository Preaching & Street Evangelism.

Expository Preaching

Preachers are to preach the Word (2 Timothy 4) and not their own ideas. Preachers are to preach the whole counsel of God (Acts 20:27) and not pick and choose scriptures. In order to avoid these two errors, I want to make a commitment to expository preaching. A popular Hispanic pastor once said that “expository preaching is the lost jewel of the Latin American church.” I believe he’s right. But I also believe that God is changing this. I want to be a part of that change. I am convinced that expository preaching is the most biblical way to preach God’s Word to God’s people. By expository preaching I mean “A discourse that expounds a passage of Scripture, organizes it around a central theme and main divisions which issue forth from the given text, and then decisively applies its message to the listeners (Vines & Shaddix).” I also believe that the most effective way to preach the whole counsel of God is to cover entire books of the Bible verse by verse or section by section. And this is what I intend to do. If God gives me enough time, I would love to at least preach all the Psalter, the Minor Prophets, the gospel of Matthew and of John, Romans, the Pastoral Epistles, the Johannine Epistles and the book of Revelation. I don’t think that thematic preaching is wrong. But I believe that it has to be considerably less usual than exposing books in their entirety. I want to make sure that the people I serve are hearing the word of God regularly. I want to be the waiter and not the cook of the message. I want to be the one to serve the food, not make it. Chile is lacking preaching that is biblical, clear, and applicable to people. I trust the Lord will use me to preach his Word in Chile for his glory and for the benefit of his people.

I wish to be a tool in God’s hands that he can use to bring sinners to salvation and to lead saints to sanctification.

Street Evangelism

One of the things I want to do the most in Chile is street evangelism. I want to go where the people are and tell them that Christ came to seek and save the lost. I wish to be intentional about reaching the lost with the gospel in Valparaíso.  This old port city, where I was born and grew up, has many parks and “plazas” were preaching the gospel in the open air is possible. This city also has many prestigious high schools, colleges, and institutes. There are a lot of students that come to Valparaíso from different parts of Chile and Latin America to pursue higher education. I don’t want to just yell at them from a corner. I want to approach them in an honest and friendly way. My desire is to interact with them as I preach to them. I want to call their attention by asking provocative questions, hopefully in a way that anybody can hear and participate. I will expect push back and opposition from the people, but regardless I want to show them that I care for them and that I’m there for them. It is my hope that the Lord will empower me with His Spirit to return evil with good and a kind word for insults and mockery. True humility, patience, perseverance, and compassion are key in evangelism. I know it is not easy. If it were, Christ would not have promised us that he would be with us always even to the end of the age. I seek to be biblical, clear, and precise in what I say. I intend to be bold but not purposefully offensive. The gospel is offensive by itself in the minds of unbelievers.

These are two of many essential ministries I want to implement in Chile. By the grace of God, I will. You can be a part of this if you get involved in praying for me, supporting me financially, or telling others – ideally the missions committee of your church.

As soon as God moves the hearts of his people to support us with what we need, my family and I will be ready to go. We’ve already moved out of our home and have sent our things to Chile.

Charles Spurgeon said once, I remember one who spoke on the missionary question one day saying, “The great question is not ‘Will not the heathen be saved if we do not send them the gospel?’ but ‘are we saved ourselves if we do not send them the gospel?’”

My question to you is, will you help me to send the gospel to Chile? I hope you will, in one way or another.

May the Lord bless you

Thank you

Rodrigo, Sheila, Ian, Evan & Susana