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Ministry Report November 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas,
and A Blessed New Year!!

"And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (Luke 9:23)


Time flies and this year is almost finished.
How was this year for you all? As for me, my little daughter entered pre-school this September and now I enjoy a few hours of kid-free time. It means a lot to me!!

This September, I started a new one-on-one bible studies with two ladies. One has been coming to “Moms and Kids” class for two years. She used to say, "I am a Buddhist." Her hearts has been cultivated and now asks lots of questions about the Bible and Christianity. It is very encouraging to me. To my surprise, I found out that her in-laws, who are Chinese residing in Indonesia, became Christians and was baptized last year. Of course, they had no knowledge that she had also been in touch with Christians on the other side of the world. This convinces me that God really wants to reach her, her family and her relatives. It also reminds me that God is the one who takes the initiative and has authority over who will be saved. We, as His followers, are mere vessels. Yet it is indeed a privilege for me to join God's work and see many wonderful things that He has done. It humbles me a lot.
Please join me in pray for her so that she would open her heart and receive Jesus as her Savior soon.

♪Equipper Conference is approaching....♪
Equipper Conference is approaching. We had the second meeting for two full days with the planning committee members from all over the US on November 8th and 9th.
This year's theme is "Following Christ on the Crosswalk (Luke 9:23).” Christians should not be stagnant just because they are loved and are able to go to Heaven. We have to be captivated by the reason and purpose of why we are saved and have been sent out to Japan and beyond. This is our main message for this year's conference.

Please pray for the last minute preparations. I am supervising the English, Children’s, and Seekers Programs. In the English Program, we provide seminars for English speakers to learn how to minister to the Japanese effectively. They will also have some time to hear the testimonies of the Japanese participants. Please pray that God would use their testimonies and raise more workers for Japanese ministry. In the Children’s Program, we are excited to collaborate with a kid's music ministry called, "Stream of Praise." I hope that the children will have a blessed worship experience during the program. As for the Seekers Program, student leaders will have an opportunity to be trained to share the gospel clearly and share their life-changing testimonies.

Please pray that more than 300 conferees will surrender themselves, be transformed as followers of Christ so that they will grow to a blessing to Japan and the world.

♪ Other Prayer Requests ♪

1. Pray for returnees' spiritual growth. Please also pray that a supportive Christian community will be provided for each one, so that they will continue to grow.
2. Please pray for guidance as I write a returnee workbook for business people and their families.
3. Please pray that the Lord will meet my financial needs. This year, 89.9% has been met so far. May the Lord bless each supporter. Please pray that the Lord will raise more supporters.
4. Pray for salvation and spiritual growth of those whom I hold Bible study with.
5. Please pray that I can be a faithful servant, holding onto the calling from God as a minister, wife and mother.
6. Please pray for my home church, Takatsuki Evangelical Free Church.
Thank you very much for your prayers. God bless you all and have a blessed holiday season!

Yuko Ozeki

by yukoozeki | 2014-12-02 03:53 | Bi-monthly Report


Happy thanksgiving, Merry Christmas,
and A Blessed New Year!!







  引き続き、最後の準備のためにお祈りいただければ幸いです。私は英語プログラム、子どもプログラム、そして求道者プログラムの3つを担当をしています。英語プログラムでは、効果的に日本人にミニストリーをしていくためのセミナーと共に、日本人参加者からの証を聞く時間を多く設けています。彼らの証が用いられ、ますます日本人宣教のための働き人が起こされるようにお祈りください。また、子供プログラムでは、今回、Stream of Praiseという子ども賛美ミニストリーの方の協力を経て充実した賛美のときを持てることを期待しています。求道者プログラムでは、学生リーダーたちが、求道者たちに、わかりやすく福音を伝え、また自分の変えられた人生を証することができるよう、現在2週間に一度スカイプで訓練のときを持っています。

皆様の上に祝福を祈りつつ。よい年末年始をお迎えください。    尾関 祐子
by yukoozeki | 2014-11-18 05:29 | Bi-monthly Report

Ministry Report September 2014

"Surely goodness and loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:6

America's long summer is over and a new school year begun. Many who temporarily returned to Japan are now back. Fall is a fun and busy season for various events and activities. I pray that the Lord will give me opportunities to meet many Japanese people in the next couple of months, especially those who are new in the USA.


One of highlight during the summer was JCFN’s intern, Ayumi Yamanashi from Missouri. She had a homestay with us for two months and was a blessing to all our family as well as JCFN. Ayumi became a Christian through her American friends and is now a Bible college student. Beacuse of that, she had struggled to integrate being both Japanese and Christian. Whenever she met Japanese people she didn’t know how to relate to them. She had no idea how to communicate her faith and Christianity to them. Amidst that, God led her to JCFN. She participated in; JCFN leadership camp WIT, a missions trip with other Japanese Christians, a Japanese Christian retreat, led youth group at Japanese church, met with Japanese seekers doing one to one bible study. In this way she experienced the Christian life in a Japanese setting for the first time. By the end of her internship, she seemed more comfortable and confident after assimilating her faith in Japanese. After the internship ended and she left, she e-mailed us,

"I notice there are more Japanese international students in colleges nearby than previous years. I met several at an event last week and one of them contacted me that she has an inerest in Christianity. I still don't know how much she wants to know about the Bible and Jesus, but I’m thinking to have a bible study with her."

Praise the Lord!! I believe that JCFN ministry is for people just like her. Even though she’d been saved and had a strong passion towards God, unless she integrated her faith with her Japanese identity and established her Christian life in her mother tongue, she couldn’t have used what she learned and experienced for mission in her home country. I pray that JCFN will continually serve those who need to be equipped to be ready for mission for Japan.


♪Summer Vacation for Ozeki Family ~ VBS♪

It wasn’t easy for me to work at home during summer since kids were around all the time. Yet I enjoyed the time with them and am thankful for it.
I took a week off from JCFN in mid August and attended Japanese VBS (Vacation Bible School in Japanese) with my daughters. I worked as a volunteer to learn how to organize and operate VBS. It was an absolutely refreshing time for me and I was so encouraged by the kids. Their hearts are soft and they learned the gospel very quickly and accepted Jesus without even a doubt. Even though it was their first time hearing the gospel. Indeed, it was very important to "remember the Creator in the day of the youth, " and at the same time, Japanese VBS is a strategic ministry to share the gospel with Japanese people abroad. Now I have vision to host VBS at my church so that I may to reach out to mothers and their children who attend the “Moms & Me” classes. I look forward to see how the Lord will guide me in this plan.


♪ Other Prayer Requests ♪

1.Pray for returnees' spiritual growth. Please also pray that a supportive Christian community will be provided for each one, so that they will continue to grow.
2.Please pray for campus ministries as the new school year begins. Please pray for JCFN staff as they provided leadership training and consulting to students as they kick off their ministries.
3.Please pray that the Lord will meet my financial needs. June was the end of JCFN's fiscal year and 90.2% was met. Thank you for your prayers and financial contributions. Please pray that God will fulfill all the needs this year.
4.Pray for guidance as I write a returnee workbook for business people and their families.
5.Pray for the preparation for the Equipper Conference held in December.
6.Please pray that I can be a faithful servant, holding onto the calling from God as a minister, wife and mother.
7.Please pray for my home church, Takatsuki Evangelical Free Church.

Thank you very much for your prayers. God bless you all.
In Him,

Yuko Ozeki
by yukoozeki | 2014-09-18 08:01 | Bi-monthly Report


「まことに、私のいのちの日の限り、いつくしみと恵みとが、私を追って来るでしょう。私は、いつまでも、主の家に住まいましょう。」 (詩篇23:6)
















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by yukoozeki | 2014-09-18 07:54 | Bi-monthly Report

Ministry Report June 2014

"Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure." (Psalm 23:4)

♪Returnee Workbook for Businessmen and Family♪
This past Easter, a couple who had been attending our church, was baptized. Just two days after their public commitment to follow the Lord, they moved back to Japan. They must have still been damp from the baptismal water! They were “newborns” in Japan. Many obstacles clouded their way during their transition: their son was hospitalized with appendicitis, their daughter got shingles, nettles rashes, and an unknown internal disease. Their various troubles was evidence enough to convince me that crossing countries is never easy; it’s especially tough on the little ones.

In recent years, I have had more opportunities to minister to families rather than singles. Some of them become Christian and return to Japan. At times, only the wives become Christian. Such interaction with this new crowd urged me to make a Returnee Workbook specifically for working individuals and families. Of course the basics are similar to the Returnee Workbook that we have previously made for singles and students. The similarities of the two groups include coping mechanisms with reverse culture shock and how to deepen your faith no matter where we live. Needs specific to the latter group include being a Christian in the workplace, building a strong Christian family, and serving at local churches. Thankfully, I received help and insight from friends who share a similar vision. The resources came from all over the world.

I am thankful to God who continues to expand the JCFN ministry target’s age range and target location. Please join me in prayers to work on this project.

♪EC14 Preparation Kicks Off ♪

Preparation for Equipper Conference (EC), scheduled at the end of the year, has begun. Thankfully, God gave us a director this year and we had the first committee meeting at the end of May. Members flew from all over the US while others joined us through Skype for the two-day meeting.

As for me, I will supervise the Children's, Seekers, and English Programs. It is my first time to help the Seekers and English program, which excites me a lot. Especially, I am thrilled to be involved in the Seekers Program. The topic, "What is the Gospel?" is a question that has recently been on my mind. Since I read the book, "King Jesus Gospel: the Original Good News Revisited," I feel like we need to see salvation from the point of view of "becoming Jesus’ disciples to build the Kingdom of God." Since I am also in the process of restructuring how to approach seekers for myself, this is a great opportunity to think through this program together with seekers and the other program leaders. I thank God a lot!!

Despite the changing needs of EC participants due to the decline in Japanese international students and the shorter duration of such international programs, we commit ourselves to the unchanging mission: To proclaim the gospel in Japanese and equip disciples to be sent to Japan. Please join me in prayers that the EC14 will fulfill the mission.

♪Other Prayer Requests♪
1.It's summer season. Many students are returning to Japan either for the summer or for good. Please pray for the returnees' spiritual growth. Please also pray that a supporting Christian community will be provided for each one of them.
2.Please pray that the Lord will meet my financial needs. Thanks to God, the support improved after receiving some special donations. Yet, the need is still not met. My financial goal is $1600 /month and currently 91.2% has been met from July 2013 to April 2014. Please pray that God will fulfill all the needs.
3.One of our JCFN office staff, Machiko, got married at the end of May with a seminary student. Please pray for blessing on their newly wed life. Please also pray for a blessing as Machiko continues to work for JCFN.
4.JCFN leadership camp, WIT, will be held from June 26-28. This is one month earlier than the previous years. Please pray for a blessing as the leaders are trained and equipped.
5.A JCFN intern is coming from June 14 for a month and half. She will live at our house. Please pray that she will have a great experience.
6.Please pray that I can be a faithful servant, holding onto the calling from God as a minister, wife and mother.
7.Please pray for my home church, Takatsuki Evangelical Free Church.

Thank you very much for your prayers. God bless you all.
In Him,
by yukoozeki | 2014-06-27 03:54 | Bi-monthly Report











2.主が経済的必要を満たしてくださるように。ここ数か月、感謝なことに特別献金が与えられ、サポートが上がってきています。(91.7%) しかし、依然として、年間を通してのサポートは満たされていません。引き続きお祈りください。
by yukoozeki | 2014-06-27 03:47 | Bi-monthly Report

Ministry Report October, 2013

"Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom (Psalm 90:12).”

Summer is gone in the blink of an eye.
Each day flew by so quickly. I have to use my time wisely. If one’s lifetime were represented in one day, I would be at about 2pm right now. I still have plenty of time to do a few things before going to bed. This analogy served as a good reminder to number my days. I would like to be a faithful and wise steward, listening to what God asks me to do.

♪One day Women's Retreat♪

a0122207_1591197.jpgThis summer, JCFN-US had an intern from Moody Bible institute. Her major is pastoral care and emphasizing on women's ministry. One of her internship requirements was to plan a women's retreat. On July 20th, JCFN had our first one-day women's retreat. There were over 40 attendees ranging in age from their 20's to 70's. During the retreat, we had a time of stillness and meditated on each one's spiritual journey after an inspirational testimony. It was a truly spiritual and a fruitful moment, way beyond our expectations.

a0122207_1594048.jpg"During the meditation, I realized for the first time that I was angry towards God because of what I had been through. I feel like I found the key to solve my spiritual struggle now. I want to take this seriously and tackle with God." "I thought it was coincidence for me to come to this retreat but it was not true. I was so blessed. Now I really need to pray for my future step."

Overall, the retreat seemed to serve the attendees by allowing them the opportunity to face God and prompt them to take the next step. Many said, "please host this kind of retreat annually." Though we are unsure as to host any future retreats, but I thank God for this opportunity for us to see the potential for a new ministry.

♪Bible Study♪

In the last few years, I have set out four goals for myself. These are: 1) Ministry for moms in the Irvine area, 2) Mentoring young people and students, 3) Organizing resource material for the returnees, and 4) To be in ministry as a couple. I had been involved in goals #1-3, but we finally started #4 this summer. We invited students from our church to our home for a six-series Bible study. We studied "Sermon on the Mount" together, which also is the theme for Equipper Conference this year. "Who will cook for them?" "Who will take care of the kids during the Bible study?" These were some of the concerns that I had but God took care of them and we successfully completed all six lessons. During that time, I had the privilege to have a one-on-one evangelistic Bible study with a girl who was a short-term exchange student. I was so blessed. We are seeking for the Lord's will on how we can develop this ministry as a couple. Please pray for us.

♪Partnership Development Seminar♪
a0122207_215694.jpgDuring the end of summer, we participated in a one-day Partnership Development Seminar. We learned practical ways on how to develop ministry supporters. I personally liked the principles they presented as we drew financial issues from the Bible. Both ministers and supporters need to be equipped as a disciple of the Lord and we all need to experience God's abundant provision through giving.
While taking this seminar, I was reminded of the love and support I continuously receive from all of you. Each of you have been giving faithfully and praying for me. I thank you so much.
♪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 send new people to Mommy & Me class. Also, please pray for blessings on the one-on-one bible study for a new believer, and mentoring with college students.
3.Please pray that the Lord will meet my financial needs. This fiscal year, my financial goal is raised to $1600 /month and currently 68.1% has been met. As a matter of fact, my support has been dropped for the past 12 months. Please pray for God's provision. Also, not only for me, but as JCFN whole, we have been facing financial challenges. Please pray for this in order to promote God's work.
4.We are working on translating a devotion guide for returnees. I thank God that we have enough volunteers. Please pray that it will be completed by the end of December so that we will be able to distribute it to returnees.
5.Please pray that I can be a faithful servant, holding onto the calling from God as a minister, wife and mother.
6.Please pray for my home church, Takatsuki Evangelical Free Church.

Thank you very much for your prayers. God bless you all!!
In Him,
by yukoozeki | 2013-10-10 02:03 | Bi-monthly Report







 ここ数年4つの目標を掲げてきました。1. アーバインでママ相手のミニストリーをする。2.若者のメンタリング。3. リソースの作成、そして4. 夫婦で何かのミニストリーをする。今まで4つ目がなかなかできなかったのですが、この夏その機会が与えられました。教会の青年たちとともに、6回シリーズで、今年のイクイッパー・カンファレンスのテーマである、山上の垂訓についてのバイブルスタディを持つことができたのです。夕食はどうする?子どもの寝かしつけは?等の色々な心配はありましたが、主が守って下さり、無事に6回の学びを終えることができました。



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by yukoozeki | 2013-10-10 01:48 | Bi-monthly Report

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?


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





今年11月22日から25日まで、静岡県で行われる第3回All Nations Returnees Conferenceの準備が、本格的に進められています。




5.8月4日に、今後のEquipper Conferenceをどのように展開していくか、一日かけて考える会議を持ちます。主の導きのためにお祈りください。


尾関 祐子
by yukoozeki | 2012-07-17 08:12 | Bi-monthly Report