Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.Psalms 134:16
In the last prayer letter we shared how encouraging it is when people respond to our monthly letters. Praise God for several of you who added your digital voice to the handful of brethren who bless us this way each month by letting us know that they read the letter and are praying. In the present verse, please notice that there is a time at “night” when we can “stand in the house of the LORD.” The LORD’s servants that pray in the night watches can bless the LORD greatly and the psalmist instructs us to “behold” them. They stand in the gap with praise to God and intercessory prayer for missionaries on the other side of the globe. Our motto of Just A Prayer At Night, is an appeal to those of you who stand before the Lord in prayer to lift us and other missionaries to speak wisely and boldly the Gospel of our precious Saviour.
We are reporting now because we wanted to include a prayer request for the dates of March 25-April 12th. Ken was approached by the pastor of a military church in Okinawa to help do some renovating on specific projects in their ‘new to them’ building they will use as their church. They asked that Vicki come along as well and make it a mission’s emphasis Sunday as well as some celebration for our 45th wedding anniversary. We fly out Monday the 25th and leave this snowy still-trying-to-get-to spring area of Hokkaido and arrive that evening in what equals our summer type weather temps! Beings we have a change of planes in Tokyo (going and coming back) we asked the pastor of the church in Yokohama (Tokyo area) if they minded if we stopped there for a week including the 2nd Sunday of this time period. Again they will put a missions’ introduction in those services as they begin their mission’s conference the following week! So we look forward to this time of fellowship, being able to help others in renovation work, and being able to present missions in Japan to those serving in Japan via their military service! We covet your prayers for our God-given appointments to the military and the Japanese, as well as safety and to come back refreshed to carry on here. We will look forward to reporting when we get back what God has done to answer your prayers. (Lighthouse Baptist Church, Okinawa-Pastor Charles Callahan:24-4th & Lighthouse Baptist Church, Yamato City-Pastor Bill Lyons:4-11th)
Due to mandatory job transfers, we had to say goodbye to two teachers Ken has been working with over the last 2-3 years. This is hard but we look forward to whom God brings into our lives as others also transfer IN to Teshio. One was most difficult because it was Mrs. Hiromi Kuroda: the teacher who studied the Bible with us and we said in our last letter we had her in for a meal. We found out in time that she was going to leave, so she came for supper and the evening again last night. We talked on various subjects and she said that while she brought the Bible study to a halt last year, it didn’t mean she would never want to study again. “Just not yet…” We gave her some more reading materials with Bible passages in it and we will keep praying for her & that the Lord will bring some Christians in to her new situation in the city high school she will be working in the city of Asahikawa. We told her we knew of two good churches for her to meet Christians and would let her know more details later after she is settled. We started and ended in prayer and she immediately said before she left, she really appreciated us praying for her!!
1. Mrs. Sonoda, Mrs. Kawabata and salvation for their husbands; Mrs. Kuroda
2. Transfer system to bring new folks to personally study the Bible
3. Mayoral elections taking place next month here in Teshio. 4. Praise for Mrs. Sonoda being able to meet with two of our lady believers at different times in her home in the last couple weeks and have prayer with them. Mrs. Sonoda’s health to improve as it usually does with warmer weather.
Serving Christ Together, Ken & Vicki Just A Prayer At Night – Your evening is our daytime!