宣教師と妻と母の3つの帽子をかぶりながら奮闘中の宣教主婦、尾関祐子のブログです。北米での日本人宣教と帰国者のフォローアップの宣教団体、JCFNで働いています。JCFNの詳しい働きについては、www.jcfn.orgへ。


by yukoozeki

Ministry Report July 2012

“What if he did this to make the riches of his glory known to the objects of his mercy, whom he prepared in advance for glory—.” (Romans 9:23)

Praise the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!
We are in the midst of summer. Most students finished their school year and either return to Japan or attend summer school.
As for moms, their kids finish their schools as well; as a result, they are busier than usual, taking kids to various schools and camps, or taking care of them at home.
I wonder how I can develop ministries creatively and with flexibility during such season.
How are you doing?

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♪ANRC preparation is accelerated. ♪
The preparation for the third All Nations Returnees Conference is in full-gear. This conference will be held in Shizuoka, Japan from November 22nd to 25th 2012.
Approximately 700 people, from all over the world, attended the past two conferences. Returnees were greatly encouraged; at the same time, they were challenged with how they can serve the Lord in Japan and in the world using their experiences of living overseas. Many regional meetings and small groups were born through this conference.
The theme of the conference this year is “Responding to God’s calling as a vessel of compassion.” I expect that we will receive our callings as workers of the Lord in a more clear way at the conference-- that we will be able to serve both God and people-- no matter where we live.

I will be in charge of coordinating the Early Morning Prayer meetings and overseas regional meetings. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance so that the conference will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Please also pray that each one of the participants will be encouraged and equipped for their ministries.

♪OC Bible Study for Moms continues…♪
The Bible study for moms that I introduced to you in the previous newsletters is held two to three times a month. The members originally came to the US for various reasons. Some came because they married Americans, while others came for their husband’s two- to five-year business terms. On the other hand, others may have come to the States as students and stayed afterwards. Because of their various backgrounds, the issues and concerns they have are also varying. Their kids’ age range is also wide: some moms are still pregnant while others are moms of junior high-schoolers. Moreover, some are stay-at-home moms while others have part-time jobs. Another is working on her PhD degree. I wonder how God can lead this unique group. I sometimes feel challenged but I lead this group with prayer that God use this place to continually transform each one’s life. I also pray that we can start an outreach ministry to non-believers through. Please pray for God’s wisdom and guidance.
 

 ♪JCFN’s 20-year anniversary booklet♪
This project has become much larger than we originally thought. But finally, we can see the end. Most of the articles are translated and edited. We have yet to create a lay out, complete the final editing, print, and it will be done!! I am hopeful that it will be done by the end of September.
As I lead this project, I have had the privilege to read many people’s articles. I also read a lot of articles in the past JCFN newsletters. I was grateful for the blessings that JCFN has had over the past 20 years. I also look forward to witness God’s vision for JCFN in the next 20 years that follow.

♪Other Prayer Requests♪
1.Growth for those with whom we follow-up. Pray that amidst the Japanese culture, church, family, and other varying issues, these believers may remain connected to God, and that a Christian community will be provided for each one of them.
2.Please pray that the Lord will meet my financial needs. I need to raise approximately $1,500/ month this year and 87.9% have been met in these past five months.
3.Please pray that I can be a faithful servant, holding onto the calling from God as a minister, wife and mother.
4.We are having the future Equipper Conference vision casting meeting on August 4th. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance.
5.I have had opportunities to share the gospel to a mom who sends her daughter to the pre-school that my daughter goes to. I invited her to mom’s class, church concert, and Sunday service. Please pray for her salvation.
6.Please pray for my home church, Takatsuki Evangelical Free Church.

Thank you very much for your prayers. God bless you all!!


In Him,
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by yukoozeki | 2012-07-17 08:16 | Bi-monthly Report