Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Weiling and I shared our mission presentation with the mission committee at New Day Christian Church in Port Charlotte, FL. This area of Florida was devastated by a major hurricane season a few years back, but it hasn't dampened their spirit for serving the LORD. Located on a beautiful, spacious site in in the middle of a bustling neighborhood, they serve the local community in various outreaches in addition to a very active emphasis working in Haiti. It is a great honor to have such seasoned and passionate followers of Christ supporting our efforts overseas. Be sure to visit them if you're ever in Port Charlotte.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
If you've ever wanted to know what percentage of stay-at-home Japanese women spend their time watching tv between the hours of 2:15pm-3:45pm on Tuesdays, we have just the site for you [java player required]. Oct 18th was national statistics day as promoted by this poster. Several thousand respondents reported in on precisely how they spend their time over the course of a week. Data can be filtered any number of ways including by gender, activity, and more. Like any culture, this data tells a story - particularly when you drill down far enough to look at the amount of time spent in religious activities.
Monday, October 27, 2008
We had the pleasure of meeting many friendly people at Southeast Christian Church - soon to be renamed The Bridge in 2009. John Douglass, affiliated with the Jesus Film project, heads up the missions committee and invited us to share God's call to service in Japan. God's Spirit is working in the body of believers there and we look forward to having them play an important role in sharing Christ overseas with us. Grace to Hannah, John, Pastor Steve, Denny, Jimmy and Elizabeth, Charlene (Brittany's mom from First Christian in Kissimmee), Christine and all the faithful followers who are committed to CRASH THE FUTURE.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Today we visited the grand opening of New Hope Christian Church in Longwood, FL. We share a similar approach to church planting that's modeled after the church described in Acts 1:8. Clifford, Ruth, Kathleen, and everyone we met were very uplifting and interested in the work we'll be doing in Japan. Extra special thanks to Cindy and Regina for coordinating an awesome lunch at the Imperial Dynasty Chinese restaurant! We look forward to visiting again and being able to share in their growth in Christ. Best wishes to Don, James, and the rest of the crew for their faithful service to the Lord in Longwood.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
We are currently contacting churches in Florida to partner with for our efforts to plant Christian churches in the greater Tokyo area. Please pray that we be effective speakers when talking to church leaders who make decisions about which missions they support. Pray also that the economy be seen as an opportunity for outreach in these trying times. Finally, pray for churches to be encouraged by our willingness to serve and that they be Spirit-filled in all their financial matters. We need only ask and trust that God will provide and He will be faithful.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Today we visited Osceola Christian Church in St.Cloud. Pastor Mike Smith greeted us with a warm smile. He preached a poignant sermon on supporting the church even in times of financial uncertainty. His wife Darlene taught Julina's Bible school class. We also got to meet Helen Hunt who's been a beacon of light in Osceola County for more than 30 years. She welcomed us with open arms and a friendly Christian hug. OCC has a huge vision for the future church fueled by a Christ-centered Spirit. Please be in prayer that their new building project be expedited so they can continue to grow to meet the community's need to know Jesus.