August was a busy, productive, emotional month with very little margin for blog updates. On August 29th, I preached my last regularly-scheduled sermon at Grace Fellowship. Although I'll continue to pastor these dear friends for the remainder of the year, I won't see them nearly as often, and it feels sad to realize that such a wonderful season of our lives is drawing to a close.
During August, God raised up several new financial partners who have a vision for planting churches in and around Nagoya. Some of those new partners are church congregations, but most are individual Christians who feel led to throw in as much as they can. A ladies' sewing group here in Asheboro asked us to come and speak early in the month, and yesterday, we learned that these ladies decided to pool their resources and have pledged to contribute $50/mo as a group! The unexpected nature of that gift has made it of special encouragement, and we're currently very close to our $1,000 per month summer goal.
We're also grateful to be going into September with a full Sunday morning schedule through the end of October (see our itinerary to the right). Please pray that God would give me the words to effectively communicate the Gospel need in Japan as we stand in front of churches and meet with individuals this Fall. Pray also that the Holy Spirit will stir people up and make them outrageously generous in support of the advancement of the Gospel in this needy country.