YOUR VOICE IN JAPAN SINCE 1983
Dear Praying Friends,
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Col 1:10
We began daily walks recently for health and diet purposes. We no longer can jog or run marathons, but walking is something most people can do at one speed or another. Like some of you, we use computer programs to track our daily exercise. This helps motivate us as we see our progress and consistency. Spiritually we are to walk, live our lives, in a manner that is worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ who loves us and died to forgive our sins. That spiritual walk is measured and helped by both personal and public Bible study and devotion. Our goal is to be pleasing to our Saviour. Our measure of success is not the number of miles we walk but how and where we walk. We are to be spiritually fruitful by doing good works toward others. We are to increase our knowledge of God by personal Bible study and church attendance and ministry. May we encourage one another to such a life of walking worthy of the Lord Jesus Christ.
How the month has flown since we arrived back. English classes are all in order with Ken in the schools and here at the church as well. We continue to have Bible studies in English on Monday nights (in a group situation and a private one afterwards) as well as Sunday evening. Sunday evening is when Hitomi Tsuzuki comes but due to various summer schedule conflicts she has only been with us once since our return. Please continue to pray for her and other unsaved studying via English. The Monday adult group class grew by two this month and we are happy to have new opportunities to not only help them reach their goal for speaking and understanding English but also know that two souls will have the opportunity to be drawn to Christ, the one true God.
For two Sundays we had a couple from southern Japan in our morning service. He is a retired Baptist preacher and she hopes to retire from her job next spring. They would then like to move to Hokkaido to either start a new work or help encourage another one. It was a joy to have this couple fellowship with us and hear their testimony. I know they were an encouragement to us and to the believers.
An ongoing situation with some marriage counseling via phone has continued for Ken through the month. Won’t go into much detail except to suffice us to say it is a challenging situation. Ken has needed much wisdom (that God HAS given) and much patience. We continue to pray for this couple (who are not in our area or in an area that we know has a pastor so we could pass on the baton) and their two boys and that this marriage can be reconciled and Satan defeated.
Ken’s saga with kidney stones continues. When he had his first check-up after getting back they found 3 -1 cn stones in his bladder!! They don’t want to allow those to tarry and they are too big to pass so he will be entering the hospital on Friday, 11th of July, and have surgery on the 14th (yes, that’s the Japanese way!) It will be endoscopic surgery with a couple extra tests while he is under anesthesia. We appreciate your prayers for this time in the hospital again. The verse cards are all made up and tracts gathered and he is ready to give an answer to those that are in need! Praying for open hearts to receive!
- Gospel to be accepted in full by those studying that are unsaved
- For safety in travels back and forth to the hospital (3 ½ hrs. one way)
- For the witnessing opportunities while in the hospital
- Laborers for the field of Japan
Serving Christ Together,
Ken and Vicki Mansell
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