Saturday, November 10, 2012

On into November

Thanks for your prayers this past month! Here's what's been going on:

I had the opportunity to give a presentation on stopping human trafficking at a benefit concert put on by Believers Today, a music outreach organization that puts on charity concerts to collect donations for those affected by the earthquake/tsunami. It was exciting for Not For Sale Japan to utilize this platform to educate a broad range of people (instead of only college students) regarding stopping modern day slavery. And I am amazed at how God is helping me to overcome my fear of public speaking so that I can share this important message!

I was relieved to get through the presentation
without mishap!

CRASH Japan is using a quilt raffle to raise funds for continued outreach in northern Japan. Twenty months after the earthquake/tsunami, there are still many homes and hearts in ruins. CRASH currently operates one relief base  and has recently established two field offices in the region. From these locations, God's love and hope are being brought to earthquake/tsunami victims.

Click to see how God is using CRASH!

What else has been going on?
  • I enjoyed visiting my fiance, Thomas, in Kyoto. While on a day hike, I had a wonderful time getting to know some of the people from his church (see photo).
  • Luke Nagai (the three-year-old boy fighting leukemia and whose family is part of Family Life Group) is now allowed out of the hospital some weekends! We enjoyed having him, his mother, and 4 of his 5 sisters with us at one of our Family Life Group gatherings. Luke was a little anxious, but enjoyed watching his sisters decorate flower pots during craft time (the lesson was on the parable of the sower).

Midori (left) leads singing at
Thomas' church

This month, please keep these prayer requests in mind:
  • Praise God for the opportunities Not For Sale Japan has to spread awareness of human trafficking. Pray that we will have more opportunities and that those who hear us talk will become a positive force for decreasing human trafficking.
  • Praise God for the financial support CRASH has received.
  • Pray for Luke Nagai as he receives treatment for leukemia. Pray that Family Life Group will be a source of strength and love for the Nagai family.
  • Pray that I will be able to show God's love to those I interact with and that through the ministries I am involved with, God's kingdom will go forward in Japan.


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