Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Merry Christmas! (exert from our December Newsletter)

The holiday season is a natural time for us to look back and reflect on the year that’s passed. Obviously, our family has experienced a lot of changes this year (and we've only just begun this new adventure). Over the past 12 months, we've known joy and sadness, confusion and clarity, faith and fear (I guess it’s actually been a pretty normal year in those ways). But through it all, Christ has been a solid rock. He’s been faithful in spite of our fickleness and has provided even more than we've needed every step of the way. That’s been true spiritually, emotionally, and financially. We’re so grateful that we don’t serve a capricious God who toys with us but that he’s generous and unwavering…a real savior for real sinners like us! We’re also grateful that he demonstrated his love by sending his one and only Son to live and die for us - as well as for many others who live in still-unreached countries like Japan!
     We want the people of Nagoya to know the peace with God that only the Gospel can bring. Right now just one-half-of-one-percent of them know Christ and there’s only one Christian church per 22,000 people. That’s not meant to be a guilt trip – it’s a call to action and the reason God is sending families like ours to Japan. Would you join us in praying that by next Christmas, our family would be ready to join the church-planting team in Nagoya? This is a lofty goal, but we know that nothing is too hard for God. Even in this economy, there are more than enough resources within God’s Kingdom to send many families to Nagoya. Plans for new church plants are underway, and the team needs our help as soon as possible. So, we’re setting our sights on leaving early in 2012 and want to ask you to join us in praying to that end. One more Christmas before we leave! Someone once said, “Attempt something so great that it’s doomed to failure unless God is in it.” This certainly fits the bill. To God alone be the glory!

*** you can download a copy of our December newsletter by clicking on the link to the left of this post.

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