October has been an exciting month in many ways. We get to introduce you to some new people! English interest has brought 3 women and one man our way with a couple of them starting to attend an English Bible teaching time on Sunday evenings! For that study time we are using Christianity Explained–a six week study usually, but we will just take it as quickly or slowly as needed for them to come to an understanding of the Gospel.
Miss Minemura (age 28) is only back in Teshio for about 6-8 weeks before leaving to go to Vietnam. Her father is a local dentist and her mom a pharmacist. She grew up coming to our English classes and sometimes S.S. She came for special English help before trying to take the TOEFL efficiency language tests. As a result, we have been able to witness during class and we invited her to the Bible study to which she was able to come a couple times. She claims to believe there is no god but seems to be listening quite well. Although we would really be happy if she was not going to be leaving our area again we claim the promise of God’s Word that it ‘will not return void’!! She will be a dentist in Vietnam beginning in January.
The last time we reported that Vicki could just use one final eye medication to bring the herpes eye infection to a stop. With last week’s check they said it had healed as well as it was going to and she could stop all medications. This type of herpes will always be ‘present’ but can remain inactive for quite some time. We are thankful for progress and are trusting for continued protection. Thank you for joining us in those prayers.
Beings the kidney stone difficulty has been resolved as much as can be, the doctor that also observed that Ken’s gall bladder had many stones in it is concerned that this could also flare up. Therefore he has recommended they do prevention surgery and have asked Ken to meet with the doctor on the 12th to determine which date will work for the surgeon and Ken to get this accomplished. If we lived in a big city, they would not be so quick to do it possibly, but beings we live ‘in the sticks’ a sudden gall stone attack and immediate surgery would be difficult so they prefer to take care of it this way. It looks as though Ken will be doing ‘byoin dendou’ (hospital evangelism) again! We will know more after the visit with the surgeon this week.–His surgery has been decided and it will take place on the 30th of this month. He will be hospitalized from the 27th. A little different than in the land of out-patient surgeries!! Thank you for praying.
Extra Prayer Requests:
1. salvation of husbands and family members of our believers
2. healing and strength during the cancer treatments for Kozue-san
3. baptism of our believers
4. Vicki’s opportunities through the groups she is part of
5. plans being made for Christmas evangelism
6. yen/dollar values
7. for stablization of America and for Christians to remain strong
1. God is good all the time…All the time God is Good!
2. for each of our supporting churches and their faithfulness to God’s Word!
3. for these new opportunities with local people
God bless and keep you,
Serving Christ Together,
Ken and Vicki Mansell Just A Prayer At Night