Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ashe Presbyterian, Jefferson, NC

Jeremy speaking to a couple following Sunday's service
     On September 12th, our family had the joy of worshipping with the folks at Ashe Presbyterian Church in Jefferson, NC.  What a delightful group of Christians!  The church is launching a brand new missions program, and we were honored to be some of the first missionaries they've invited to meet with them.  During the Sunday School hour, I talked with the adult Sunday School class about the Gospel-needs in Nagoya and then had the privilege of preaching the morning sermon from Habakkuk 1-2.  After the service, members of the congregation took turns encouraging us in our calling.  I'm not sure who benefited the most from the morning - us or them!

   After church (and then lunch with one of the elders), we spent the afternoon hiking at Mt. Jefferson State Park.  It's a beautiful place with pristine views of the surrounding country.  Of course, our boys kept us on our toes by running right up to the edge of several "cliffs".  We capped the day off with a trip to Shatley Springs Restaurant where they serve meals "family style".  After a feast of fried chicken, country ham, and all the fixin's we set out for home.  It was a great day all the way around.

Our 3 boys on top of Mt. Jefferson
      On a different note, I recently watched a video clip by Rev. Tim Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan.  In the 3-minute-clip, Keller is persuasive about the deep need for church planting in Tokyo, but all of his arguments apply just as well to church planting throughout Japan.  If you have a few minutes, I'd recommend you watch the video which can be found on MTW's Japan Partnership Website (click here).  On the same page, you'll also find a link to an insightful paper by Dan Iverson - MTW's country director in Japan.

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