Chris and Leanne are church planting missionaries with SEND International in Shichigahama, Japan.
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Chris & Leanne June 2023 Prayer Requests
*Recently, we have begun to be released from COVID restrictions. Which has given us new opportunities to gather with people we know and new acquaintances. At a recent BBQ, I was asked what love is and how I teach my children about love. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this seemingly random moment to share about him. Please pray for more surprise opportunities to share the truths God has given us in his word.
*Please also pray for our church plant. May the Lord give our pastor Satoshi Ueno wisdom on impacting Shichigahama for Christ. And for us as a team to unify around the vision he gives us as a church plant.
*Please pray for Leanne as she pursues two opportunities the Lord has recently brought her way. The first is a gathering of moms with young kids. One of the ways our church connects with the families in our area is through teaching English. We are purposeful in using English to bring people into a community with Christians. Leanne will be leading a little kids' English group. Through these gatherings, our pastor's wife and a couple of other missionaries can interact and connect with the moms.
Chris & Leanne May 2023 Prayer Requests
As Chris has taken on more leadership with SEND Japan, he has been a part of more vision and ministry planning for our mission in Japan. One of the focuses recently is helping our camp ministry, Okutama Bible Chalet, plan and reorganize. Hundreds of campers come through the camp ministry every year. The consensus is that we are entering a new era of camp ministry and need to update how the camp has been operating. Please pray the Lord will give Chris and others the wisdom to make the necessary changes to accomplish the goal of glorifying God through camp ministry.
Chris & Leanne April 2023 Prayer Requests
We were so blessed and we praise God for all of the youth gatherings we were able to have during spring break this year. May those seeds grow into relationships which will allow for deeper sharing of faith.
The new school year has begun. Recently Covid restrictions have been removed. Which will allow us as a church family to begin having lunch together after service again. This is a part of the life of the church which has been missed for 3 years now. So we praise God that we can fellowship again together in this way. To be able to share what God has been teaching us, as we eat together. To be able to laugh and talk about life while our children play. Pray the Lord will use these gatherings to grow our faith and encourage each believer to share their faith with others.
Please also be in prayer for Lillia and Jude. They will be entering new schools this month. For Jude this is his first schooling experience. We thank you for your prayers for our children. We have seen the Lord hearing your prayers and protecting our children. God is good.