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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

The typhoon a couple of months ago affected our area. The local train service was suspended, and many of the surrounding major roads were closed due to water damage. The Chikuma River flooded, and this affected a vast area of Nagano city. Three of the people were not able to come to church services.

Our church building was used as a base for the volunteers to help with recovery activities. I am one of the committee members of the Kita-Shinshu (Northern Nagano area) Christ Churches Disaster Relief Task for the team. We received volunteers from all over Japan.

Ishizaka recently started coming to our church service. He was affected by the typhoon. He appreciated that I helped him clear the mud and do house cleaning.

  • Pray for salvation for Ishizaka.
  • Pray for the disaster relief team efforts and for financial needs to be met.

Chie is a professor at Nagano University of Health and Medicine. She is a new professor at this school and moved from another city. Chie saw our web page when she was searching for a church. We encouraged her to continue to come to the services.

  • Pray for Chie as she adapts to this new town and job.
  • Pray for her to become a part of the church.

We are planning our first classical concern at our new church building. Shiro Miyata will be playing the French Horn, and we have distributed many tracts and flyers for the concert as well as putting an ad in the local news publication. We are praying that the two Vietnamese trainees, Hi and Cuong, will be able to come to the horn concert. We also invited the doctor’s family, who are our west neighbors.

Tadayoshi is a university professor and a member of our church. He is getting married next year. We are very excited as this will be the first couple at our church. Professor Tadayoshi is leading a Bible study. Two junior students of Nagano University, Hina and Miwa, are attending his group. They are also planning to come to our horn concert.

  • Pray for Tadayoshi and his finance as they prepare to get married.
  • Pray for Tadayoshi as he leads the Bible study and specifically for Hina and Miwa to be saved.

My wife Sayoko is having surgery on her hip joint and is expecting to be in the hospital for several weeks. Pray for her surgery to go well. Others will be covering the preparations for the lunch fellowship. Pray for the logistics and resources.

Some of our upcoming events include the Christmas event for Children and the Celebration Christmas Worship. Pray for these events to go smoothly and for the love of God to be shown. We also have a baptism coming up, Mr. Igarashi will be the first one to be baptized at our group. Praise the Lord.

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