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January 2020

Pray for the salvation of Ms. Sasaki, in her fifties, who has been regularly attending the Sunday service. She seems to enjoy coming to church to be with friends but appears to be having difficulty in understanding that Christ is the only way to salvation.

  • Pray for her to gain clarity concerning the gospel message.
  • Mrs. Yasui has been absent from church. Pray for her to be able to come to church again.

Ms. Yonishima has also been absent recently due to hospitalization for an injury on her foot.

  • Pray for her family to come to know the Lord.
  • Pray for the believers to be able to attend church and be encouraged by the faith of each other.
  • Pray for those who are not saved, to fully understand their need for a Savior and have faith in Jesus Christ.

Our Sunday school attendance has varied. The sisters Seria and Serika, and their relative, Ryo, have not been at Sunday school this past month. Pray for them to return. Sayumi, a girl in the sixth grade, has been coming back.

  • Pray for the salvation of the youth and their families.
  • Pray for the young people to feel comfortable and welcomed in our Sunday school.
  • Pray for my family.

For my son Ye Shin, to pass his entrance exams for the university and the tuition.

  • Pray for my daughter, Ye Ji, in her studies for the remainder of her term at elementary school.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean language at two locations.

December 2019

We had a special event, Family Christmas, and twenty-nine people came. The youth in our Sunday school performed a Christmas play. A few of the people who usually only attend the non-Sunday activities also came to this event.

We ask for your prayers for the salvation of Ms. Sasaki, who has been attending the Sunday worship service. She is in her fifties, and we are specifically praying that she will understand Christ is the only one true God instead of multiple gods. Ms. Yasui, sixties, has been absent from church.

  • Pray for the salvation of Ms. Sasaki.
  • Pray also that Ms. Yasui will be able to attend church again.

In Sunday school, the sisters Seira and Serika have come consistently along with their six-year-old relative, Ryo. Sakyo, in eleventh grade, has come back after a length of absence as well.

  • Pray for these children to come to faith in God and for their families as well.
  • Pray for them to feel comfortable and welcome at our Sunday school.

We held the first baptism at our church. Praise the Lord. Mrs. Yoneshima was baptized. Pray for the salvation of the whole family. Mrs. Yoneshima is still facing difficulties at home as her husband is not supportive of her coming to church.

  • Pray for the spiritual growth of Mrs. Yoneshima and for the salvation of her husband.
  • Pray for more opportunities to have these sorts of events and to invite more people to come to hear about God in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
  • Pray for my son Ye Shin and for his entrance exams for universities.
  • Pray for my daughter Ye Ji, she will be starting Junior High School this spring.
  • Pray for my wife, Hyeon I, who has been teaching Korean at the International Cross-cultural center in Kashihara and possibly adding another location, the Nara Korea Education Center.
  • Pray for witnessing opportunities at these locations.

November 2019

We all rejoice after many months of prayer. Mrs. Yoneshima was baptized on December 18, 2019. This is her testimony; “I used to feel alone, but I found Jesus and accepted Him in my heart so I am not alone; I used to feel that my life was meaningless, but now I know Jesus would show me His Way.  John 3:16.” Please remember Mrs. Yoneshima when you pray, she is asking for her spiritual growth and salvation of her family.

Our senior citizens have sporadic attendance, which means our group meeting each week is small. Our worship averages eight people. Pray for Ms. Sasaki, Ms. Yasumi, and M. Takahashi to be able to attend more often and to stay healthy in their walk with God. Mrs. Yoneshima is still facing discouragement from her husband about her faith. Yet, recently there seem to be slight signs of improvement. We are praying and anticipating things getting better. Pray for the entire household to be saved.

  • Pray for our regular attendees to be able to come consistently.
  • Pray for new people to find the church and get connected.

I shared in the previous reports that some of the children who had stopped coming were back again, which was exciting for us. Seira and Serika are sisters and their cousin, Ryo, is six years old. We are praying they will be able to attend more often.

Pray for the youth to feel at home and comfortable in our Sunday school. Pray that we can show the love of God to them and for the youth and children to have a relationship with God.

  • Pray for my son and daughter, Ye Shin and Ye Ji, as they are preparing for college and studying in school.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean language at the International Cross-Cultural Center and for witnessing opportunities through this job.

October 2019

Ms. Sasaki, fifties, has been attending the Sunday service every other week. Ms. Yasumi is in her seventies and comes once a month. Mr. Takahashi is also in his seventies and has not been attending lately.

  • Pray for those who are irregularly in their attendance to be able to come on a more regular basis.
  • Pray for new people and for those who are searching for the truth to be led to our church.

Continue to pray for the situation with Mrs. Yoneshima and her husband’s discouragement for her to think or believe in God. There seem to be slight signs of improvement, and we are praying and anticipate things to get better.

  • Pray for the entire household.
  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to be encouraged and at peace despite this challenge to her faith.

We were excited that two sisters, Seira, in sixth grade, and Serika, in second grade, came back to the Sunday school. They brought a relative, Ryo, who is six years old. Ryo lives in Osaka and visits the sisters almost every week. The three children used to come more frequently in the past, but for a time, Ryo did not want to, so the sisters also stopped coming. This recent visit, Ryo seemed to be having a good time.

  • Pray for the salvation of Seira, Serika, and Ryo.
  • Pray for them all to continue to come and to be comfortable in Sunday school.
  • Pray for my son Ye Shin as he prepares for college and for Ye Ji to thrive in her current school until she graduates.
  • Pray for my wife, Hyeon I, to have witnessing opportunities through her work teaching the Korean language at the International Cross-Cultural Center in Kashihara.

September 2019

Mrs. Sasaki and Mr. Takahashi, who I mentioned in the previous reports, have been faithfully attending the Sunday service. We have, on average, nine people at worship, seven in the Sunday school, and four at the prayer meeting.

  • Pray for our group to grow and for new people to be led to the church.
  • Pray for those who recently started to attend our church to be faithful in attending and grow in their knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.

Due to the faith of a wife and daughter, one family is experiencing tension in the marriage because the husband/father is not a believer.  I have shared their struggles before in previous reports, and the pressure is getting worse. Now, the father is pushing the five-year-old daughter to enter an elementary school with a strong Buddhist influence run by a new sect of Buddhism called Bentenshu.

  • Pray for the faith of the mom and daughter to be courageous as they navigate this trial.
  • Pray for the entire situation, especially for the husband to come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Yasui, a woman in her seventies, came for the Sunday service after coming to the Megumi Café. She is retired and used to work as a public administrator. The Kashiba Megumi Café had fifteen people this month and is an outreach opportunity to the community.

  • Pray for Yasui to continue to attend the church.
  • Pray for the other people who have come to the café, we hope they also visit the Bible study and the Sunday services.

We had a special outing with the youth and went to a local spa for fun and fellowship.

  • Pray for the salvation of the children who attend Sunday school each week.
  • Pray for them to feel comfortable during Sunday school.
  • Pray for their families as none are believers yet.

Continue to pray for my family. My son, Ye Shin, with his preparation for the college entrance exam and my daughter, Ye Ji, to be protected at school. Pray for my wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean Language at the International Cross-Cultural Center in Kashihara.

  • Pray for witnessing opportunities.

August 2019

Many of the youth who came for the summer Bible camp are not from Christian homes, yet a few are still faithfully coming for Sunday School. Praise God. We are thankful that these non-Christian parents are allowing their children to attend the church.

Mrs. Sasaki is a student in the Korean Language class who has also been attending the Sunday worship services. She seems to be having some life issues and we are praying that she comes to accept the Lord.

Mr. Takahashi recently started attending our church. He used to attend another church but stopped going when he moved to this area ten years ago. As he was searching for a church, he found us.

  • Pray for Mr. Takahashi’s faith, pray that his faith would be strengthened as he hears God’s word.

Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter, Ririka, who are believers. Currently, the father is not willing to allow Ririka to even pass near the church and is opposed to them attending the services.

  • Pray for newcomers to be led to our worship services.
  • Pray for salvation for the youth and for their parents.
  • Pray for the youth to be comfortable and feel at home at our Sunday school.
  • Pray for my son, Ye Shin, and daughter, Ye Ji, as they study.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon I and for witnessing opportunities as she teachings the Korean language at the International Center in the local community.

July 2019

The Summer Bible Camp was held at Nara Prefecture Outdoor Recreational Activity Center this past month. A total of thirty-three people participated. We are praying that the seeds of the gospel message from this camp will grow and change the lives of these youth so they will become followers of Jesus Christ.

  • Pray for the youth to come to faith in God.
  • Pray for them to feel comfortable at our Sunday School and to grow in their understanding of salvation.

I was invited by the Doshisha University in Kyoto to give a lecture as a special guest speaker on the topic “Christianity in Korea.” About forty students attended. The invitation was from my Christian friend and associate professor, Wako. Two years ago, I presented a similar lecture on this campus.  This time, I also spoke to the twenty students in the Korean language class. I had a wonderful time fellowshipping with this class, and my son Ye Shin was allowed to observe as well. He enjoyed the experience, especially as he desires to enroll at this University in the future. Since I was introduced to the students as a missionary and pastor of a church, it was very natural that I felt the freedom to share the gospel and my testimony with the students. Doshisha University was founded by Christian churches with a strong influence by an American board. I hope this University carries on the traditions of its foundation in Christianity. I am aware that quite a few of the students, even non-believers, are taking Bible courses at this University.

  • Pray with us for the students to be touched by the Bible stories they hear in their classes and come to understand salvation.
  • Pray for the University students to contemplate the concepts they heard and desire to learn more about God.

Praise the Lord for this opportunity to speak about salvation on the campus.

  • Pray for Ye Shin and Ye Jin as they enjoy their summer vacation. Ye Shin is studying in preparation for the entrance exam to the University.

Fukui is in twelfth grade and visited church last month. He is the best friend of my son Ye Shin. Fukui desires to work for the automobile industry in the future. We are praying for his salvation.

  • Pray for Fukui to see the faith of his friend, Ye Shin, and desire the relationship with God.

We request special prayer for Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter, Ririka, who is five years old. The mother is feeling more resistance from her husband about coming to church. He also will not allow his daughter to attend the playtime during the week. The freedom of faith for Yoneshima and Ririka is being taken away by the husband. Pray for the family.

  • Pray for Mors. Yoneshima and Ririka as they deal with this situation and for Yoneshima to have courage and patience.
  • Pray for her husband to understand her faith and her desire to fellowship with believers.

Mrs. Sasaki is in her fifties and is a student in our Korean language class. She came for one of the church services and shared with us her daily life concerns so we could pray for her.

  • Pray for her to be led to accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for Mrs. Sasaki to continue to ask questions and desire prayer.
  • Pray for her understanding of salvation to grow and to come to faith in God.

Recently we had mechanical issues with our vehicle. I attended a meeting with other missionaries and pastors in Hiroshima and on my way back, the car stopped on the highway due to an issue with the timing belt in the car engine. It was a dangerous situation because of the location, and since it was already late in the evening, I stayed at a hotel nearby and took the bullet train home the next day. When we purchased this vehicle, it was inexpensive but had many miles on it. We decided it was cost more to fix it than buy a similar used car. We are considering safety and security features of vehicles in addition to cost, due to my recent adventure. We frequently give rides to children and church members for outreach events, as well as my own family. One church member donated cash to purchase a seven-passenger mini-van, and we are grateful for the gift but have not yet saved enough for this large of a purchase.

  • Pray for our search for the most appropriate vehicle and for the finances to purchase.

Give thanks that no one was injured when the car engine quit functioning.

June 2019

We are continuing the Baptism prep course with Mrs. Yoneshima every Wednesday. Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter were able to attend the worship service once last month but had to leave early due to her husband’s influence. Since Mrs. Yoneshima shared about her conversion with her husband, he has been resistant to his wife and daughter’s attendance at church.

  • Pray for comfort and courage for Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter Ririka as they are facing an especially challenging face walk.
  • Pray for more new people to come to the worship service.

Meguru, in sixth grade, is still continuing to attend the Sunday School every week. Often his mother brings him to the church, and lately, she has been bringing goodies as well. We are glad to have a good relationship with Meguru’s family. Riru and Ai are coming to Sunday school as well. We are planning for our Summer Bible Camp at Nara Prefecture Outdoor Recreational Activity Center. We are expecting non-believing kids and their parents to come to this event. Last year we had fifty-three people. We are praying for witnessing opportunities and for the attendees to be blessed by their time.

  • Pray for Meguru’s salvation and for his family.
  • Pray for Riru and Ai to continue attending the church.
  • Pray for our Summer Bible Camp to be a fantastic event and for God to use it to bring people to Him.
  • Pray for the youth to be comfortable in our Sunday School.

We are thankful to God for touching the community hearts through Kashiba Grace Café. We hold this even three times a year and have found that the local neighbors are more comfortable stepping into the church when it is in an open café style. Many of the non-believers who attend the Grace Café also come to our Christmas outreach. The Open Korean Cooking Workshop is held twice a year.

  • Pray for those who attend these outreach events also to be led to participate in the Sunday Worship or the Bible study group.
  • Pray for perseverance as we continue to reach out to these people with the news of God’s love for them.
  • Pray for God to work in their hearts and draw them to a relationship with Himself.

Pray for the pastor’s son and daughter, Ye Shin and Ye Ji, as they study. Pray for the pastor’s wife Hyeon I as she teaches the Korean language to twenty students at the International Center in the local community on Friday night and Saturday morning. Pray for her witnessing opportunities there.

May 2019

Ririka and her mother Mrs. Yoneshima came to the Sunday service last month. Every Wednesday we are doing the baptism prep course with Mrs. Yoneshima. Mr. Yoneshima is gradually starting to show more understanding of Christians and church but is still not happy about his wife and daughter attending regularly.

  • Pray for God to open the door and protect this family so they may be able to attend the church more regularly.
  • Pray for Mr. Yoneshima to become interested in the gospel and willing to allow his wife and daughter to be a part of the church.

Meguru is in fifth grade and has been attending Sunday school every week. We are teaching him how to pray. Often his mother brings him to church. Riru and Ai both attended church this past month. We are praying that they may come more often. We had a Sunday field trip to a nearby farm and planted sweet potatoes. We are looking forward to the harvest in the fall. Our Summer Bible Camp will be held this month at Nara Prefecture Outdoor Recreational Activity Center. We are expecting non-believing kids and parents to attend this event.

  • Pray for Meguru to grow in his knowledge and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for Riru and Ai.
  • Pray for our youth to feel at home and comfortable in Sunday school.
  • Pray for the witnessing opportunities at the Summer Bible Camp.

We continue to reach our community through the Kashiba Grace Café. We are thankful God is touching the hearts of the people. We have full reservations of twenty-five people and sense that God is using this outreach program as an effective way to evangelize in the community.

  • Pray for the participants of the Kashiba Grace Café to understand God’s grace and love for them.
  • Pray for opportunities to witness to our neighbors.
  • Pray for open hearts to hear the good news.

Pray for the pastor’s family. Y Shin is studying for the entrance exam to the university. Ye Ji recently started sixth grade. Hyeon I is teaching the Korean language at the International Center in the local community.

  • Pray for opportunities to witness to the people she meets.

April 2019

Mrs. Yoneshima and Rika were able to attend church this month. We have a baptism class with Mrs. Yoneshima every Wednesday.

  • Pray for God to open the door so that she can attend the service each week and for God to protect her. I have her testimony in previous reports.
  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to have opportunities to learn and grow in the knowledge of God’s Word.
  • Pray for her husband to accept her faith and pray for his salvation, that he may also come to faith in Jesus Christ.

Meguru has been attending Sunday school every week. He is in fifth grade, and we are praying for his salvation. Himika, a friend of our daughter Ye Ji, has also been attending most of the Sundays. Pray for her salvation too.

Meguru has been attending Sunday school every week. He is in fifth grade, and we are praying for his salvation. Himika, a friend of our daughter Ye Ji, has also been attending most of the Sundays. Pray for her salvation too.

  • Pray for Meguru and Himika to come to an understanding of their need for a Savior and to put their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for the youth to feel at home in the Sunday school and comfortable to ask their questions and share with each other.

We held the first meeting of our new outreach for “Moms and Kids,” but unfortunately, no one attended the first meeting. We had anticipated a few people from the Sunday school group, but they were not able to come. The desire is to reach infants to kindergarten-age children and their mothers. We were hoping Kou-chan, and his mother from the Sunday school class would be able to come.

  • Pray for our outreach next month to have more people and for God to use the time to touch the mothers and toddlers with His love.
  • Pray for the outreach to the mothers and toddlers in the community.
  • Pray for the leaders to remain excited and enthusiastic about this event despite the lack of participants at the first meeting.
  • Pray for any challenges to be overcome and for the mothers and children to feel welcomed.

God is touching the community hearts through Kashiba Grace Café. We have full reservations of twenty-five people each time and sense that God is using this outreach for His Kingdom.

  • Pray for our evangelism to the local community.
  • Pray for open hearts as we share the love of God.

Pray for our upcoming events. In June is the seminar and retreat for our denomination. The same week is the Summer Bible Camp at Nara Outdoor Recreational center.

Pray for the pastor and his family. Ye Shin is busy with preparing for the entrance exams to university for next year. Ye Ji just started sixth grade, and we are praying for her to continue to enjoy the remainder of her time in elementary school.

  • Pray for Hyeon I’s health. She is teaching the Korean language at the International Center in the local community and anticipates meeting new people.
  • Pray for opportunities to share God’s love.

March 2019

We mentioned two districts, Shimodera and Amadera, where most of the people who attend our outreach events live. At this time, we are focusing on the area called Amadera. Mrs. Yoneshima, Ririka’s mother and many of the others who came to the summer Bible camp all live in this district. Behind the church, there is a route to the Amadera historical park where the old Buddhist nun temple used to stand in the late 600’s. There are some blocks of newly built houses interspersed among the ancient historical structures. Mrs. Yoneshima was able to come to church a few times while her husband was away on a business trip. We are doing a baptism prep class with her.

  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima as she prepares for baptism.
  • Please pray for her spiritual growth.

  • Pray for Kashiba church planting ministry; we currently have four church members and average eight people at worship and ten at our Sunday school.

Meguru, a fifth-grader, has been attending Sunday school every week. Pray that he will come to salvation. Himika, our daughter Ye Ji’s friend, has been attending almost every week as well. My daughter Ye Ji just had her confirmation of faith. Miri is doing her baptism prep class. We are already anticipating a blessed Christmas this year celebrating baptism and testimonies of faith.

  • Pray for the youth, both the believers and unbelievers, to be comfortable at the Sunday school.
  • Pray for Meguru to come to an understanding of his need for a Savior.

Give thanks for the youth who are professing believers.

We are doing a new outreach, “Mom and Kids,” starting this month. We are aiming to have the young children, between infants through kindergarten, and their mothers. We are hoping for some of the families in our Sunday school to join this group. Our prayer is that God would use this opportunity to touch these mothers and their toddlers with His love.

  • Pray for our evangelism to the local community.
  • Pray for people to be drawn to our outreach through our flyers and through word of mouth.

My son, Ye Shin, is busy with studies for the entrance exam to the university next year. He attended an Open Campus of Doshisha University, a Christian-founded private university, well-known for its high standard in academics, last month. Pray for my son’s studies. My daughter, Ye Ji, is now in sixth grade. Her principle retired this year as he had reached the retirement age, we were hoping he would stay another year. Pray for Ye Ji to continue to enjoy school. My wife, Hyeon I, has a new role as a Korean language teacher at the International Center in the community. She anticipates meeting new people there. Pray for her new role.

  • Pray for my family as they conduct their daily tasks.
  • Pray for their influence on the people they meet and talk with throughout the day.
  • Pray for protection, good health, and joy in service.
  • Pray for our upcoming events. May fourteenth is our Kashiba Grace Café. Mid-June is a three-day seminar for our denomination.

February 2019

The majority of the people who come to our outreach events live close to the church. The area is known as a historical area with much Japanese Buddhist influence. The district has two names, Shimodera and Amadera. In Japanese, when a word contains a ‘dera’ or ‘tera’, it means a Buddhist temple. So translated, Shimodera means temple in the lower corner of town and Amadera means Buddhist nun temple. The streets are narrow, some even too narrow to drive cars. The main road in the city is named after Taishi Shotuku, an ancient political figure whom historians claim to be the father of Japanese Buddhism.

Historical Area near the Church

Many youth started playing at the Shimodera Youth playground. This location was abandoned for a while, but recently it has been maintained by the parents of the youth and others who keep it tidy. The children who attend the church enjoy spending time at this playground. Some of these children live in the blocks of Shimodera, their names are Miri, Yakuto, Himika, Juno, and Ibuki. They attend the Shizumi Elementary school which has over one hundred and forty years of history.

Studying about Baptism

  • Pray for our outreach to the district and for opportunities to engage our neighbors in conversations regarding Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for the courage to stand up to the influence of Buddhism in the community and to witness to its followers.

Mrs. Yoneshima came to the service with her daughter while her husband was getting a haircut. As she desires to be baptized, we are continuing to have a Bible study with her on Wednesday’s. Continue to pray for her husband to understand and accept her salvation and desire to be baptized.

  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to be able to opening attend the church service and for her husband to come to accept her salvation and desire for baptism.

Quite a few of the youth had been absent in the past months but recently some of them came back this month to Sunday school. We saw Misora and Seira at the beginning of the month. Ibuki came another week. Meguru enjoyed spending time with my son playing the guitar. His mother has come to church events in the past, but Meguru informed us that he decided by himself to attend Sunday school. We pray he will be here every week. Miri is preparing to be baptized, and we are praying for her family to understand her decision. We are joyful for our daughter Ye Ji’s confirmation of faith.

Youth Group during Sunday Service

  • Pray for the youth to be comfortable and feel at home at the Sunday School.
  • Pray for those who are saved to grow in their faith and understanding of God’s Word.
  • Pray for those who are still questioning to come to understand salvation in Jesus Christ.

Our new outreach to ‘Moms and Kids’ will start in April. We are gearing this event for infants through kindergarten children. The mothers will meet every third Thursday in the morning. We are praying for God to use this opportunity to touch the mothers and toddlers with His love. Our activities include arts and crafts, Bible talk, Kids worship and snack time.

  • Pray for this outreach to the community and for opportunities to reach the neighbors with the gospel message.
  • Pray for evangelism to the local area.

On the recent Monday holiday in Japan, I was the translator for the keynote speaker, Dr. Kim, at the Freedom of Faith Network prayer conference. Dr. Kim is the head of the mission institute, a chairman of the Korea Presbyterian History Society, and has been on the faculty at a Seminary. Dr. Kim was also the former chief editor of Korea Christian Newspaper. He addressed the issue of the relations between churches, government, and society. The theme of the conference was Freedom of Faith in the Nation having Enthroned a New Emperor.

Freedom of Faith Network Conference
Dr. Kim- keynote speaker

  • Pray for the nation of Japan and Japanese Christians at this time of transition.
  • Pray for the upcoming conference for our denomination in the western part of Japan.
  • Pray for the pastor’s children, Ye Shin, and Ye Ji, as they study in school. Ye Shin is preparing for the entrance exams and desires to be a pastor.
  • Pray for the pastor’s wife, Hyeon I, to have good health and for her search for a job to help pay for Ye Shin’s tuition costs for college.

January 2019

Mrs. Yoneshima came to the church service, slipping out of her house while her husband was still asleep, and has declared that she desires to be baptized. We are planning to have a study session with her in preparation for this commitment.

New comers and seekers join us on Sunday’s.

  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima and her family, especially for her husband to be willing for her to make this decision.

This past month, our Sunday school group has grown, especially the number of boys in the fifth grade. We are excited that they are feeling at home during Sunday school. We are praying for the youth to grow in their faith as they learn about Christ. Some youth have music and or sports activities on Sunday’s which make it challenging for them to attend regularly.

Sunday School youth group children!

  • Pray for the youth as they grow in their faith and for those who are still considering salvation to have the desire to fully surrender their lives to Jesus Christ and make a declaration of faith.

We welcomed a short-term mission team for Jeju Grace Church of Korea.  The group passed out ten-thousand tracts in the surrounding neighborhoods of the church. We held a special outreach at Jeju Fair that attracted locals, we talked with thirty-six people who came to the mini-bazar. We introduced goodies from Jeju, had a game-corner, worship time, Bible talk and shared testimonies.

Give thanks for the missions’ team and pray for those who read the tracts to come to faith.

  • Pray for our evangelism outreach to the community locals.

We have noticed a few families in our immediate neighborhood are against us having a church in this location. One family who lives right next door intentionally parks their vehicle in front of the house, and this only happens on Sunday mornings. They intend to make it more difficult to park for those coming to church. Some neighbors loudly speak and complain as they are taking out the trash. We have heard of false rumors around the neighborhood.

  • Pray for perseverance as we deal with these challenges, for peace as we ignore their hurtful words, and for our neighbors to come to faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for my children as they study in school. Ye Shin is preparing to take the entrance exams for the upper school.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon I, pray for her strength and to rejoice in the Lord while serving.

This month I will be a translator for the prayer conference, Freedom of Faith. Pray for everything to go well. We have the annual church members’ assembly in March; also the Conference for our denomination in the Western area of Japan will be in March.

  • Pray for preparations for these events and for wisdom in conversations.

December 2018

Chisako, a friend of Tomoko’s, came to visit the church for a Sunday worship service. In the past, when she was studying abroad in Australia, she attended a church but had not been to church since she returned to Japan. Kudo, the daughter of Yamazaki, also visited us recently. We are praying for her to come more often and to grow in her faith. Yoneshima is still having difficulty being able to freely attend church activities because her husband is not supportive or her coming to the church. Pray for Yoneshima’s husband to understand and allow her to participate.

  • Pray for Chisako to come again to church.
  • Pray for Kudo to grow in her faith and attend more regularly.
  • Pray for Yoneshima to have perseverance, staying firm in her faith and personal studies, and for her husband to be willing for her to join us more regularly.

We were thrilled to welcome more youth to the Sunday school program. Two sisters, Riru and Runa, were at the camp this summer. Two more girls, Yuzuki and Yuina, and two boys, Meguru and Fuuki, also joined us. It was a merry gathering. Takuro is in eleventh grade and a friend of my son Ye Shin. Takuro recently dropped out of school after causing some trouble at the school; he is studying by himself at home. We are encouraging him to continue coming to the church.

  • Pray for the youth to feel welcomed and comfortable in Sunday school.
  • Pray for their faith to grow as they learn from God’s Word and for those who are still uncertain about salvation. Pray that their questions will be answered and their doubts will decrease and be saved.

Thirty people attended our Family Christmas celebration including the mothers of the previously mentioned youth and many newcomers. We celebrated Jesus’ birth with a Christmas play and storytelling. We had a great time with music by the piano and Japanese string instrument koto and singing worship songs. We heard testimonies of God’s grace in the lives of our members.

  • Pray for evangelism to the local community and for more individuals to be willing to listen to God’s Word.

In past reports, I shared some history of our church plant location. We moved to this spot in the fall of 2014. As the building was not brand new, we did some renovation work. We were thrilled to have a contractor did a superb job on the complete interior renovation for a reasonable amount. When we first moved in, we informed the neighborhood resident’s association about our plan to have a church in the building. Our immediate next-door neighbor, the N. family, was entirely opposed to the church and went to all the other neighbors with their complaints. It was all way beyond the typical response. The leader of the resident’s association visited us, and we offered to have an informative session for the neighborhood. Some of the other families were so shocked and bothered by N.’s unreasonable response that they resisted his viewpoint, everything temporarily was settled, and no explanation session was required. We always sincerely greet our neighbors and sends out gifts regularly. Sadly, the N. family does not accept our gifts, nor does their attitude change. They either ignore us or show an expression of distaste whenever we meet.

  • Pray for the N. family and the other neighbors surrounding the church to be more open to listen and not create more issues in the future.
  • Pray for the neighbors to come to salvation through the persistent witness of the church members.
  • Pray for the Pastor’s family. Ye Shin and Ye Ji are studying hard. Ye Shin is preparing for entrance exams.
  • Pray for the Pastor’s wife Hyeon-I, for her health to be sustained and for her to have energy and continue to rejoice in serving the Lord.

November 2018

I remember the challenges we had in finding our current church building. First, there was a lousy realtor who only showed us buildings in poor condition. I made multiple calls to other real estate companies, and they refused to work with us. At that time I was living in Chiba which is on the eastern edge of the country, about three hundred and fifty miles from Nara, our current location. During the week, I stayed in Nara to do the property search, on the weekends I took the super express train between Tokyo and Kyoto and the local trains on either end. This continued for over a month while my family stayed in Chiba. I was not shown any property that could be used for a church with our requirement for it to be on the main street. I was by myself for the process and often felt helpless as I searched. On the day I was supposed to return to Chiba, I was shown a house in a residential community in the neighboring town called Asahigoaka. It was not in our target area. I was not keen on this house, but we were not going to be able to continue the process much longer, so I told the realtor that we would consider the last one. On my way to the station for my return trip to Chiba, I saw the sign of a realtor, and I recognized the name because  I had almost made an appointment. I only had a half-hour of time before I needed to leave, but I decided to go inside and see if they could help. I prayed as I went and told myself that it would be my very last visit to a realtor. The realtor was kind and promptly showed me the perfect spot, the location where we are now. It took over a month of hustle and stress with the other realtors, but this particular realtor took only thirty minutes. Praise the Lord for providing our location and for leading our steps. We had fifteen participants at our church retreat last month, mostly mothers and children from Sunday school.  Miri, Sayumi, and Himika are three of the girls who came with their mothers. Ryota and Yamazaki have been attending service lately, and we praise the Lord that they can join us.

  • Pray for the participants in the church retreat to grow in their faith and continue to attend services faithfully.

Mrs. Yoneshima and her daughter, Ririka were able to come to the Sunday school but only because Mrs. Yoneshim told her husband that they were going to take a walk while he was asleep. We are praying that they would be able to come more freely.

  • Pray for the Yoneshima family to be able to attend the church openly and pray for the salvation of Mr. Yoneshima.
  • Pray with us for God to open the way for Mrs. Yoneshima to be baptized.

Ibuki has not been able to attend because her parents are against her coming to the church. Konomi, Azumi, and Kanna went to the Summer Church camp but have not been able to attend church recently because their mothers are not supportive of them joining the church neither. We are praying for our Sunday school to be a place where the parents of the youth are comfortable allowing their children to come and for our church to be well-recognized by the local community.

  • Pray for the reputation of the church in the local community to be such that the families are willing to send their children to the church.
  • Pray for the church to be a place where the youth feel comfortable and have the opportunity to connect with God.

October 2018  

I wish to share more of the history of Kashiba Grace church. In the earliest stages of the church plant, there were many challenges in finding a property. The first location was excellent since it had a great parking area near the building, but when the deal had almost been finalized, the seller abruptly changed his mind. The second option was near to our current location, but the seller would not sell to us when he learned we were a Christian group planning to open a church. He did not seem to want to offend the locals and now that spot is a liquor shop.  God provided and has blessed our current location and we are thankful to own the church land and building. In my previous report, I shared the effects of the recent Typhoon on the life of one of our church members, Ryota. He is a college student who had been attending twice a month, but he has missed a few services recently. We are also praying for Mrs. Yoneshima to come to service again as well. I shared about her husband not being supportive of her attending the church.  She often said that she wanted to be a Christian.

  • Pray for Ryota’s faith to be protected and for him to be able to attend service again regularly.
  • Pray for God to change the heart of Mrs. Yoneshima’s husband and for her to attend the service.
  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to surrender her life to Jesus Christ and accept Him as her Lord and Savior.

 As I shared last month, we have more youth coming regularly to the church and because of the influence of Ibuki and Himika, two other youth, Miyuh and Kosuke have started attending the church. We had a special event for the girls at the church, a mini-retreat and over-night stay. We are excited that Himika’s mother has gradually changed to be more supportive of her coming to church events. We are praying for her sister, Juno, to also come to the church.

  • Pray for the whole youth group to have a welcoming atmosphere to the local youth are attracted to coming and joining the group.
  • Pray for the influence of the youth on their friends to draw more young people to faith in God.

We had four people who came to our Korean cooking class. We are hoping this outreach will strength the sense of fellowship among the participants and open opportunities to witness to new people.

  • Pray for the Korean Cooking class and the participants.

My son and daughter, Ye Shin and Ye Ji, are in their third month of the fall term. We appreciate your prayers. Ye Shin is preparing for the entrance exam to the upper school. Ye Ji is playing the Koto, Japanese harp, and did great in a recent recital. My wife is continuing to rejoice in serving the Lord despite her health condition.

  • Pray for Pastor Park Joo Hyun’s family to stay healthy and for his children to study hard and do well in school.

September 2018 The establishment of Kashiba Grace Church was the result of a life-long vision of a Christian woman in Busan, Korea. She was known as a humble, very obedient Christian and a role model to others. She loved God. In her twenties, she started to save funds, and through the passion of the believers in her church, they gave the funds to build a church in Japan. This was the beginning of our church in Nara, Japan. She wished to remain anonymous, but her passion and love for God have given the believers involved in Nara missions and this church the hope and courage to carry on. We are also blessed by your prayers and support for our church. Give thanks for God’s work in bringing many Christians together with the desire to reach those who have not yet heard about God or salvation, and for the power of prayer in encouraging Christians to continue ministering faithfully. The recent typhoon-affected one of our church members. Ryota is a college student who lives in Izumi city, a suburb of Osaka. For three days after the typhoon passed, the water and power were suspended. There were significant scale earthquakes in the Hokkaido area.

  • Pray for Ryota’s faith to strengthen despite the recent events and for his life to recover from the effects of the typhoon.

Mrs. Yoneshima has decided to attend the worship service more regularly. However, when her husband is around, she is unable to participate in the church. We started a Bible study with her during the week.

  • Pray for Mrs. Yoneshima to find a way to be able to attend the service.

Ibuki and Himiki recently started attending Sunday school again after being away for a while. These girls also influenced Miyuh (girl) and Ksuke (boy) to come to the church. Seira and Serika are sisters who live closest to the church, and their parents used to be against them coming but have started to soften and be more willing to allow them to attend.

  • Pray for our Sunday school to have a welcoming environment for the youth.

The community evangelism is continuing through our culture center activities with great attendance so far. We had five people come for the first cooking class, but fifteen people came to the cooking class a week later. We are praying for the students to be led to attend the Sunday worship.

  • Pray for the outreach to the community through the culture center activities.
  • Pray for the students to be willing to attend the worship service due to their interactions with the staff in the cooking class.
  • Pray for my son YeShin and daughter Ye Ji as they recently started a new fall trimester.
  • Pray for my wife Hyeon-I and her health, she has a hypertrophied thyroid gland; the doctor is advising a test every three months and did not find anything negative on the last check.

August 2018

Our church is in the block of Hakuhodai, in the northern part of Kashiba City. We are less than half a mile north-west from Shizumi station of Japan Railway Wakayama Line. The entire area was established in 1982 as a “new settlement” and the young people at that time have now aged to their 50’s and 60’s.

  • Pray for the fruitful ministry of the church reaching the people in Hakuhodai.

Many people in Japan typically take a vacation this time of year to visit family and relatives who live long distances. As a result, our church attendance and Sunday school were lower as many members are traveling. Some of our regular attendees are still seeking to understand the gospel and have not yet come to the point of surrendering their lives to the Savior Jesus Christ. We are praying for these individuals.

  • Pray for safe travels, rest and renewal for those who are away.
  • Pray for the believer’s witness to distant relatives and for conversations to be positive.
  • Pray for those who remain to be strong and steadfast even though the numbers are lower.
  • Pray for non-believers who are still considering the gospel to come to a complete understanding of salvation and to have all doubts removed from their hearts and minds.

Our Sunday school had lower attendance as well. We are praying for the youth who attended our Summer Bible Camp to start attending the Sunday school this fall. We had over fifty-five middle school and high school students from all over Japan.

  • Pray for our Sunday school to grow this fall.
  • Pray for the youth who attended the camp to come to regular services.

Our Culture Center activities just started at the beginning of this month. Please pray for the students who attend the Culture Center to also attend the Sunday Worship. We had a cooking class and have two more planned for the month of October. We have a church retreat planned for November, pray with us for a time of rest and reflection.

  • Pray for the Culture Center outreach to the community and its role in reaching non-believers.
  • Pray for the attendees to start coming to regular services and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
  • Pray for our upcoming church retreat, for unity, rest, reflection and a time of worship together.
  • Pray for the family of Pastor Park JooHyun, for his son Ye Shin and daughter Ye Ji as they start the fall term of school.
  • Pray for Pastor Park Joo Hyun’s wife Hyeon who is undergoing medical testing for a hypertrophied thyroid gland. Pray for her health, good spirits and for the doctors to have wisdom as they view the results and decide on treatment.

July 2018

Kashiba city is located at the northwestern edge of Nara prefecture (state), on the border to the Osaka prefecture. Along the boundary line is also the National Nature Reserve with vast areas of greenery. There are over thirty-one thousand households in the city with a population of almost eighty thousand, the majority of which are of the younger generations. Highest density is of thirty’s, forty’s and elementary school age children. There are eleven elementary schools, five middle schools, one high school, and one college. The city is very convenient for commuting to the nearby large cities and the train ride to downtown Osaka is only twenty-two minutes.  Multiple main highways travel through the city and there are eight train stations. Among the cities and towns in Nara prefecture, Kashiba is the first in population growth. There are five churches Kashiba city and amongst all five, possibly a hundred believers. Forty-percent attend worship service every week so the evangelized rate is only pointing two percent.

  • Pray for these five churches to continue in their mission to reach the non-believers.
  • Pray for outreach to the population of working individuals in their thirty’s and forty’s.
  • Pray for outreach to the population of elementary school children.

Tomoko is a member of the Osaka Christ Church and she invited her friend Tomari to come to our worship service. Tomari lives in Misato, a neighboring town, and her daughter is planning to study abroad in Korea. They both like to meet Koreans. Join us in praying for Tomari’s salvation.

  • Pray for wisdom, discernment, and courage for Tomoko to continue inviting her friend and to share the gospel with her.
  • Pray for Tomari to come to an understanding of salvation and to continue coming to the church.

This summer, a short-term mission team of middle-schoolers and high-schoolers, came from Busan the fourth Yondo church in Korea. They also participated in the Summer Bible Camp and did a fantastic job ministering to the kids. It was a joyful time for both Japanese and Korean youth and they had great success in overcoming language barriers. 

  • Pray for these seventeen youth as they return home to Korea and continue serving in their church.

Our Summer Bible Camp had fifty-three participants. Thank you for your prayers.  We held our camp at the Outdoor Activity Center of Nara Prefecture, we had wonderful fellowship in the midst of God’s creation. Our goal was to have special spiritual nurturing of the youth with the theme of “New Promise (Covenant)” from Exodus 6:7. We enjoyed worship songs, Bible reading, and Bible verse memorization. We were busy with outdoor activities and games, campfires, open-fire picnics, and Suika-wari (local watermelon hunting and splitting game). It was a blessed time to be able to enjoy God’s Word in nature. Each year we have doubled the size of the camp. Pray for an increase in staff for next year so we do not have a shortage of help. In past years, we also experienced a decrease in the attendance at the Sunday school immediately after the summer camp and concluded it was because some parents were concerned about their kids getting “too close” to the Christian church.

  • Pray for the youth to continue to attend Sunday school and to be even more curious about the gospel due to their camp experience.
  • Pray for the parents to be willing to allow their kids to attend Sunday school and for their kids to invite their parents to attend church.
  • Pray for God to call more leaders and staff for next year’s camp.

Give thanks for the success of the camp and for the blessing of the Missions Team from Korea. Our Culture Center activities were closed for the summer but are starting up again this fall. Please pray for the beginning of a new term. This is a vital community outreach for our church.

  • Pray for the Culture Center activities – Korean Language class and Korean Cooking class
  • Pray for our outreach through these classes and for God to stir the attendee’s hearts a desire to know Him, an interest in attending church, and ultimately an understanding of the gospel.

Spring 2018

Pastor Park’s wife Shura (left) with Nao (right).

A member of our church Nao is having a hard time getting better after a traffic incident she had. She had to quit her job at the airport shop due to the injury. Nao lives with her mother but seems to be having a hard time communicating with her mom. Nao attends our bible study but does not talk or participate with the group. Please help us pray for her, pray that her heart will be in the right place and that she would open to the group so that we can help her grow spiritually.

Ryota is a young man we had asked for prayer in the past. We have not seen him since October, and we know that he might be very busy with school and his part-time job. Ryota is majoring in Law (Under Japanese education system, there are undergraduate-level Law majors.) He wants to become a government official in the future. He lives by himself. Ryota’s mother is a firm Christian believer, and we believe that is one of the reasons why he continues to stay connected with us. His father lives in Singapore; his parents have been divorced for some time. Continue to pray for Ryota and his relationship with God.

Whenever Shuta comes to church, he starts off the day by attending the worship and later joining in the Bible study. Shuta is a close friend of our oldest son, and we know Shuta’s parents think it is good for him to attend church. At first when Shuta started coming to church, he seemed interested in only playing games; however, lately, we can tell, he eagerly listens to the Bible lesson. I remember he was actively helping us at the summer camps. He likes to sing, so he enjoys singing out loud along with the worship team. Please pray for Shuta, he is still very young (16 years old), and his parents are not interested in coming to church right now. Pray that he would get into the automotive industry which is part of his future career plans.

We had three students return to church after a year of not attending. We praise God that they returned. We also have a young boy who is in second grade that stopped coming because of behavior issues. His mother decided to come with him even though she is a non-believer. However, we did learn that the mom formerly attended church when she was young. Hopefully, we will not have any problems with the young boy since his mother is there with him. We recently had a visitor who enjoyed our Korean cultures, she mentioned that she had not been to church in a long time. We encouraged her to come back and bring her husband. Please help us pray for her and her husband.

(2) Mitsuyo is familiar with the church, she was married to an English man in the past, and they attended church together, but she’s no longer married to this man but has married a new man that does not attend church. She recently started attending the Korean language class and the Korean cooking class. She travels to Korea once a month and seems interested in learning the Bible. She usually stays after each the Korean session to talk about the Bible. Mitsuyo also joined our other church activities. We’ve encouraged her to invite her husband to come to church. Please help us pray for both Mitsuyo and her husband, that they would both come to faith.

Yoshimi works at a local supermarket. She started coming to our Korean Language class a year ago. She lives close to the church, and we noticed that she and Mitsuyo have a love for Korea. Yoshimi participates in church activities, and she also seems to enjoy the Bible discussion at the end of the Korean Language session. We are praying that Yoshimi will be led to understand and accept Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior.

Please pray for Church’s Culture Center students. Six of them are part of the Korean Language class, and eleven of them attend the Korean Cooking class. Pray that they will be lead to the church service or Bible study group.

We have seen the youth group increase on Sunday’s. We are praying that the youth will grow in their knowledge and be led by the Spirit.

Ye Ji, our daughter is doing well at school. She will be in 5th grade in April. The school she attends only has two fifth grade classes; we are praying that she is not is the same class as the girl who bullied her last year. Please remember Ye Ji in your prayers that she will have a smooth transition going into the 5th grade. (Japanese school calendar year starts at April).

(3) Every year Tomoko, and her daughter Ririka visit during Christmas and Easter. Tomoko attends a Christian middle school, so she is opened to church activities. Other than these two events, they do not attend church regularly. Recently, Tomoko told me that she is planning to take her daughter to the afternoon Sunday school on a weekly basis. Please pray the salvation of both Tomoko and her little five-year-old daughter Ririka.

Mariko was introduced to us by a mutual friend who attends Osaka Christ Church. Both women came to our April worship service, and we had beautiful fellowship. Mariko lives about 15-minutes from the church. Mariko seems to be open to Christianity. We intend to invite her for various events and activities.

Pastor Akitoshi family of six have been attending our group since April. Pastor Akitoshi used to be a pastor at a church in Chiba, suburban Tokyo, and he is currently on sabbatical leave. His family decided to live in our area and attend our church. We are anticipating that we will have great fellowship together.

(4) Tomoko and Ririka (mother-daughter) have become regular attendants of our Church Sunday School. In May they both attended our Sunday worship service for the first time. Tomoko seemed to be open and is responding well to the sermon messages about the Bible and faith in the Savior. After hearing the word about ‘forgiveness’ at Sunday school, we learned Tomoko had sent her mother some reconciliation mail, which to me was very encouraging, and to her I am sure was such a new dynamic and a new way of living. We are praying so they both continue to come to church and to be lead to salvation.

Chiemi came to the worship service with her daughter Miri in May. It was their second time doing so. Chiemi’s son Yakuto has been absent from coming to Sunday School. Please continue to pray for Fujikawa family and their salvation.

We are having an upcoming event with our Sunday school youth and a nearby nursing home and a summer Bible Camp event in July. We are expecting a group of 50 people. Out Bible camp will be held outdoors, at the Nara Prefecture Center.

(5) Nara Prefecture is located at the very center inland of Kansai region, surrounded by Osaka, Kyoto, Mie, and Wakayama regions. Nara is known as an area with a long history. It used to be called Yamato which goes back to the 6th and 7th century and was the center of culture and politics and was also the state capitol. Around that time Buddhism was brought in to Japan, and with its creation, the first-generation Buddhist temples and sculptures were built in the region. There are quite a few archaeological sites in town that are all Buddhist related. Later Kyoto was set as the capital in the middle ages, Nara was no longer as influential as it was and Kyoto became what Nara was. Yet influences by Buddhism in the community are still evident in local customs and traditional performances. People still hold on to these Japanese traditions.

The Nara prefecture has a population of 1.4 million people. There are 86 Christian churches, and 2,787 believers attend worship service s(which is 0.19 % of the population). Among 39 regions in Nara, 18 are known as un-reached where there is not a single church. Those 18 regions consist of 120,000 people and have no church. Nara is also known as Tenri city with a population of 66,000. Tenri city is where the main temple of Tenri-kyo, the Japanese new age sect is located. There are no churches in Tenri city. Our prayer request is that churches would be established within those 18 regions in Nara that are in what we call the unreached zone.

There is a family who moved from Chiba, and joined our group recently. They come to Sunday worship every week where we have approximately 10 to 12 people attending. We just finished the Gospel of Luke and I am moving into the study of the early churches through the series of Ephesians. Out of the twelve people about seven of them are seekers who come every now and then. We praise the Lord that Tomoko Yoneshima now comes to our Sunday service quite regularly. We appreciate your prayers for seekers who come to our outreach activities, please pray that more of them would come to the Sunday service.

Last week the Sunday School youth visited a nursing home. It was our second time visiting this nursing home. We had about thirty people, and they all enjoyed the ocarina performance and our worship songs. We were able to share our testimonies as well. Those in the nursing home feel isolated from their families, and our visit gave instant energy to those older adults and staff allowing us to show God’s love for them. Pray for our next opportunity to share the gospel at the same Nursing home, we are hoping to do so again soon.

We have an upcoming Summer Bible Camp which will be held at the Outdoor Activity Center run by Nara Prefecture. Because of the event, we have increased the number of youth, especially the children in kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade. We also have three mothers who started coming to Sunday School this month. On average we have about twenty people which includes both youths and adults for our Sunday School.

This is the third year of our annual summer camp outreach. The first year we counted 12 youths, the second year there was 23, and this year we are expecting over 50 people. We are blessed to have an increasing number of attendants for the summer camp. This is partly because it would be a joint group and there are 17 students (middle schoolers and high schoolers) from Busan the fourth Yondo Church from Korea. This is our first attempt at this kind of combined event. We are inviting quite a few children from non-believing families, so please pray that God would use this camp event effectively that by hearing the gospel many youths will surrender their lives to Christ. Pray as well for the safety of all the attendants.

Youtube Kashiba Megumi (Grace) Sunday School Kids Worship We had a Megumi (Grace) Café this week, and ten people came. We hold this Megumi Café three times a year mainly for our Culture Center students and their friends. It is a free conversation, open talk fellowship time. We had many new faces, and we are praying they will come back for other church events.

Our Korean language class is held on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This is our third year having this Culture Center, meaning we have had a relationship with many of the students over two years, and now are in our third year. Most of them live near our location and come for special events such as Christmas, but not many come for the Bible study nor Services. We have been praying for those who are in the Culture Center will come to know the Lord. The shortage of parking space is a concern, so our prayer request is provision for additional parking spaces so many more people could come to the group.

Ye Ji my daughter is doing well at school. She has no issues at school these days. The elementary school Ye Ji goes to has been around for 140 years. Many of the families in that community have lived in the same place for a long time. I feel we must still ‘watch out’ for there had been occasions in the past when we were treated as “outsiders.”

My son Ye Shin is in the 11th grade. He goes to a nearby public high-school. He enjoys school life. There are only a couple of international students in that high school, and Ye Shin is very fluent in Japanese. He used to be troubled by vicious bullying from other students back in junior high school, so I sometimes wonder if he will have a similar experience now. Ye Shin wants to become a pastor in the future and is praying about it. He serves in various capacities at church such as at the Sunday School and the worship leading. Please remember Ye Shin in your prayer that he may have a good school life and for his academics. My wife Hyeon-I is busy with various ministry tasks every day including the Culture Center and visiting households. It appears to be very challenging for Hyeon-I to divide her mind between church-related activities and her work in homes. Hyeon-I can become exhausted after a long day committed to multi-preps and responsibilities. It would be ideal to have our family housing someplace else. So we are praying to find a new house to live in. Please remember my wife in your prayers.

Winter 2017

Nao is a young lady in her mid-30’s that attends worship service every Sunday. Please pray for her salvation. Nao attends Bible Study study as well. Please pray that God would protect our time studying God’s word. Ryota came to the worship service twice in October. Pray for his assurance of faith and continue to pray for him and his health, he is a young college student who lives by himself. Sakyo is a 14-year old boy (8th grade) who attended our fellowship before the summertime. His parents are non-believers, but they allowed him to come. However, Sakyo has not been back to fellowship since after the summer vacation. We are praying to see him after November. Minori Fujikawa is a young girl who attends our church. Her parents are non-believers; however, they allow her to participate despite her young age (9-year old, 4th grader). Please pray for Minori; she does not get along with other children in the church school. Please pray that she will repent and accept Christ as her savior. Let’s pray that she would be spirit led; not only by the intellect. Please pray for the harmony among those who are coming to our church school. Yakuto has been absent from coming to Sunday School. He is a child that has autism. We saw some other children were having difficulty being with Yakuto, but we are praying God touches the heart of Yakuto and he will return to Sunday school. Please also pray for his parents who are non-believers. Shuta is a 16-year-old boy who came to church one day in October. His parents are non-believers. Please pray that Shuta will go back to church.

  • Please pray for Church’s Culture Center students: 6 of them at Korean Language class, 11 of them at Korean Cooking class, so that they are led to the church service or Bible study group.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families.
  • Please remember those who came to a summer Bible Camp Pray that the boys and girls will come to church.

We started another format outreach named Megumi (means Grace) ‘Talk” which we target ladies, and most of them come for our cultural center. The first time we met, it went well. We are anticipating to have it as a regular activity for evenings while we share tea. Please pray that people coming to this group will enjoy visiting with each other, and potentially people might start to go for additional Bible study opportunity.

  • Please pray for our upcoming outreach opportunities:

Tuesday, November 21 and Monday, November 27 ~ Korean Cooking Class. Thursday, November 30 ~ Megumi (Grace) ‘Talk.” Sunday, December 17 ~ Christmas gathering for families Our daughter Ye Ji (9-year old girl, 4th grade, believer) Please continue to remember our daughter Ye Ji in your prayers. She seems not to have any particular issue at school these days. We are asking God for His protection over her at her school life. Pastor Park Joohyun

Fall 2017

We had a new person join our bible study on Sundays. Her name is Nao, and she is a non-believer. Please pray that God would protect our time during her study in God’s word. Our church member Ryota was away for the summer. Starting in October, he will rejoin our congregation. Please help us pray for his assurance of faith. Please also continue to pray for his health, he’s a young man who lives alone. During the summer break, Sakyo was at his Grandmother’s house in Hiroshima, so he was not in town. I am hoping to see him back soon this month. Yakuto is a 7-year-old boy who attends church almost every Sunday. His parents are non-believers, but they allow him to attend church. Yakuto has a difficult time relating to other children, because of his autism the other children cannot connect with him. Please pray that the Lord will touch the other children and they will come to accept Yakuto.

  • Please pray for those who have not been coming back to the Sunday School for a while.

We’ve had a few members who have not attended church for a while. Shuta is one of them. He is a 16-year-old boy whose parents are non-believer, please pray that he will come back and continue learning God’s word.

  • Please pray for the students who attend the Church’s Culture Center: 6 of them at Korean Language class, 11 of them at Korean Cooking class, please pray that they will come to church service or Bible study group.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families.
  • Please remember the children who attended the summer Bible camp. Please pray that the children will be led to attend church.

We were able to resume the Korean Language class and Korean Cooking class this month, after the summer break. We are praising the Lord.

  • Please pray for our Kashiba Grace Café on Tuesday, October 17.

We had planned a church retreat for October. However, we have postponed it to November during our Holiday. Please pray that our planning team will have wisdom and guidance from God.

  • Please continue to remember our daughter Ye Ji in your prayers. She seems to be doing well in school with no issues. We are asking God for His protection over her at her everyday school life.

One of our church members Nao attends service every Sunday. Nao is participating in a retreat with our area churches on Monday (a national holiday). Pray that God would use this opportunity to speak to Nao and she would come to faith and join the fellowships at the retreat. Ryota Aota (Male college student, 21 years old, once believer, single) Ryota is a 21-year-old college student who is single and was once a believer in Jesus Christ. He attended the worship service in August. Ryota had some stomach problems and was hospitalized, but he recovered well. Pray for his assurance of faith. Pray that he would be able to attend church every week. We would also like to ask you to pray for Ryota’s health; he is a young man and lives by himself. During the summer break, Sakyo was at his Grandmother’s house in Hiroshima, so he was not in town. I am hoping to see him back at the church for September. He attends church on his own (14 years old), and his parents are non-believers. Please continue to pray for this young boy. Shuta came for the Summer Bible camp. Please pray that Shuta will continue to come to join more fellowships for the September month. Prayer:

  • Please pray for Church’s Culture Center students: 6 of them attend the Korean Language class, 11 of them the Korean Cooking class. Pray that through their interactions they would be led to the church service or Bible study group.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families.
  • Please remember those who came to summer Bible camp, that these boys and girls are led to attend church with us.
  • Please remember our daughter Ye Ji on your prayer for she just started the new fall trimester after the summer break. Ye is 9-years old and is in 4th grade.

Praise:

  • Ryota Aota was sick in the hospital, as mentioned earlier, but he got well soon. All the summer Bible camps and activities were a success.

Upcoming Events: We are resuming Korean Language class and Korean Cooking class for September. We are participating in a retreat of our west area churches group held in September. Please pray for good studying and fellowshipping time together. We are also planning to have a retreat in October. Yours in Christ, Pastor Park

Summer 2017

Pastor Park JooHyun Kashiba Grace Church (The Presbyterian Church in Japan) Nao is a non-believer young lady who attends worship service every Sunday. Recently, she started reading the Bible regularly. Please pray for her salvation. Nao’s mother Taeko is also a non-believer and has not attended church the entire month. Please pray that Taeko would come back to church with her daughter. Ryota is a non-believer young man who attends college. He attended worship service on July 2nd and July 25th. He attends twice a month, please pray for his assurance in faith, and that he will have the desire or time to attend church weekly. Satoko came to church on July 2nd, and Rikuo has not attended church the entire month of July. Please remember and pray Satoko and Rikuo that they would come back to church fellowship. Sakyo is an 8th grader who occasionally attends church on his own. Both of his parents are non-believers. He attended Sunday school on the 16th. Please pray that Sakyo continues to attend church and that his parents will also one day visit the church. Shuta is a 10th grader who attended the Summer Bible camp. Both of his parents are non-believers. Please pray that Shuta will continue to come and join more fellowships. Okata is also a 10th grader who came to Sunday school on July 9th, both of his parents are also a nonbeliever. Okata has attended other youth activities in the past. Please pray for Okata so he may come back to church.

  • Please pray for Church’s Culture Center students: 6 of them attend the Korean Language class, and 11 attend the Korean Cooking class. Pray that the students will be lead to church service or Bible study group.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families.
  • Please remember those who came to the summer bible camp; these boys and girls were non-Christians, nor their parents.

Miri (9-year old girl, 4th grade), Yakuto (7-year old boy, 2nd grade), Konomi (9-year old girl, 4th grade), Azumi (7-year old girl, 2nd grade), Kanna (5-year old girl, kindergarten), Asahi (7-year old boy, 2nd grade), Misora (9-year old girl, 4th grade), Sayumi (9-year old, 2nd grade) , Seira (9-year old girl, 4th grade) Ayaka (9-year old girl, 4th grade), Aiyu (5-year old girl, kindergarten). All the students listed above are non-believers along with their parents. Please continue to pray that their minds and hearts will be opened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. We had a church Summer Family Camp at Nara-City Outdoor Youth Activity Center on Monday, July 24th through Wednesday, July 26th. We had 23 youth who attended the camp. We had returning students as well as new ones. Please pray so that the youth would come back for other church activities in the near future. We took our Sunday school youth to a nearby retirement home to play the ocarina (wind musical instrument) on Sunday, July 30th. It was an excellent sharing opportunity, and 40 people in that facility joined our time. I am participating in a Summer camp for 49 youth at Yumori Bible Camp with my son. The Camp will run from Monday, August 14th through Thursday, August 17th. Please pray that I can participate as one of the coaches for middle school and or high school students. My daughter Ye Ji (9-year old girl, 4th grade, believer) Praising God that Ye Ji had a good trimester; and now she in on summer break. Please continue to pray for Ye Ji. She is starting a new fall trimester next month. May the Lord continue to bless you, Pastor Park JooHyun Pastor Park JooHyun Kashiba Grace Church (The Presbyterian Church in Japan) Nao is one of regular attendees, she attends worship service every Sunday. Pray for her salvation, she is a non-believer. Nao’s mother Taeko has been absent from church the month of June. Please pray that Taeko returns to church. Ryota is a young college student who has attended worship service a few times. He once believed, but we are not sure of his assurance in faith. Please pray that he will be able to come to church every week. Satoko and her son Rikuo (non-believer) have been absent from attending church in the month of June. Please remember Satoko and Rikuo in your prayers, please pray that they would return to church fellowship. Sakyo is a 14yrs old boy who usually attends Sunday school. He was absent this month. Pray that Sakyo will come back to church. Also, please pray for his parents who are non-believers. Shuta has not been able to come to church since he entered high school. Pray for Shuta that he would have the opportunity to return to church. Also, please pray for his parents who are non-believers.

  • Please pray for Church’s Culture Center for students: 6 of them are at the Korean Language class, 11 of them are at the Korean Cooking class. Please pray that the students would be led to our church service or Bible study group.
  • Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families. We had three new children at the Sunday School. Please pray those would continue to come.
  • We had 10 seekers, students of Culture Center and friends, came for Megumi (Grace) Café. Please pray that this outreach can continue to be extended.

Upcoming activities:

  • Summer Family Camp, as a church Sunday School activity will be held at Nara-City Outdoor Youth Activity Center between Monday July 24 and Wednesday July 26. So far twelve people signed up. This event is open for seekers as well, and we are hoping to have eighteen people attend.
  • We are planning to have Sunday school youth visit at a nearby home care and for the student to perform using the Ocarina (a small egg-shaped wind instrument with a mouthpiece and holes for the fingers). This event will take place on Sunday July 30.

Please continue to pray for Ye Ji for God’s protection over her at school. She had trouble last month with a few students. Ye is in the 4th grade. Yours in Christ, Pastor Park We have two women, a mother and daughter who have attended church on Sunday. Nao and Taeko are both non-believers, please pray for their salvation. Ryota came to church once in May. Please pray for his assurance in faith and that he would be compelled to attend church every week. Satoko came for the first time in May, pray for Satoko’s understanding of what it means to accept Christ. Her son Rikuo has been absent from attending church events, please remember Rikuo during your prayers so that he can attend church on Sunday. Both mother and son are non-believers, though they both attend church. Sakyo came to the Sunday School twice in May on his own. He is 14-year-olds, and his parents are non-believers. Please pray that Sakyo will come to know the Lord and get baptized. Also, please pray that his testimony will impact his parents and they would have a desire to know who God is. Shuta has not been able to come to church since he entered high school. Please pray for Shuta that he may come back to church and that his parents would have a desire to join their son. Please pray for the Church’s Culture Center for students, 6 of them are part of the Korean Language class, and 11 of them are in the Korean Cooking class. Please pray that they would lead the church service or bible study group. Please pray for the salvation of our Sunday school students (10 children) and their families. We had ten people (seekers) come for the Megumi (Grace) Café. Please pray that they would be lead to attend church.One of the new cooking classes that started in April had eight students who are non-believers. Please pray that they would come to know Christ during this time. Megumi (Grace) Café held an outreach event on Tuesday, June 20th, the outreach focused mainly on students and friends of Culture Center. Music and testimonies were the highlights of the day. Please pray for the people who were there and heard Gods word through these young people’s testimonies, please pray that His Word would not fall void in people ears. Summer Family Camp will be held at Nara-City Outdoor Youth Activity Center between Monday, July 24 and Wednesday, July 26. Please pray for our planning team as well as any seekers that are interested in attending. Please continue to pray for Ye, my daughter who was absent from school (3rd grade) because she was bullied by other students. Since then she has gone back to school, please pray for God’s protection over her. We are praying and hoping that her school life will not be hard. Ye knows the Lord in her early age, please keep her in your prayers. Yours in Christ, Pastor Park