Update from Hachinohe

It has been almost 8 months since we moved to Hachinohe. It is already September, but still very hot and humid…

We must say summer is harder than winter because we don’t have AC at our apartment.
We realized AC is such a luxury item!

We would like to thank you especially to those who sent us care packages and encouraging words through letters and e-mails.
Thank you for your continuous prayers. Brian and I always remember each of you in our prayers, too.

Brian and I started to teach private Enligh conversational classs since July. We have been praying for more opportunities to share the gospel, not the opportunity for the job. However the Lord has somethings in His mind and started to open a door for us to pray and share the gospel to our students.So far, He has brought us two students.
One of the students is physical therapist. she injured her neck when she carried a patient. She could not turn her neck.
Brian prayed for her and instantly she could move her neck. Praise the Lord!
We told her “anytime she has pain, your teacher ( Brian) will pray for you” She did not know the word of “pray”, but now she does!
BTW, her name is Yuko Nakanishi.

The other student is Rio Takada. She takes lesson with her husband.
When we prayed at home before the lesson, Brian told me that we should ask them if we could pray and bless the lesson.
I did not want to do it because I felt that is too much for the first lesson….
Then the Holy Spirit reminded me why He told me this.. while I was putting on make-up 2hrs earlier , He told me in Japanese ”恐れるな、私がついてる”(Do not fear, I am with you).
At that time I told the Lord, ” I don’t really fear anything right now”…
He knew exatly how I will feel about praying at the lesson, so I thanked the Lord and asked Him to give me His peace.
The class went well. After the class, Rio started to share her struggles in her marriage and it turned out 1hr half marriage counseling.
He allowed us to share what Bibles says about marriage, forgiveness and etc. It was amazing!
At the end we could pray again and bless our marriages.
Please pray with us that He will continue to soften their heart and open their eyes to Jesus.

We also have been keeping touch with Kumi (news reporter).
She interviewed us three times and she is trying to put the article in news paper. It has been cancelled since the article is not priority.
If this is His will, He knows the perfect timing!
Kumi has been facing some challenges in her life and started to ask us what she should do.
We have been sharing scriptures with her and praying for her.

We have been sharing scriptures more with people because we see how powerful His words ministers to believers and non-believers.
One of my friends accepted Jesus two months ago through Skype. One of Brian’s friend who drifted away from the Lord decided to come back to Him last month. Brian has been communicating with him through Facebook. Thanks to wonderful technology!
Everytime they share their problems, we asked the Lord how we can encourage them through His words.
He says in Isaiah 55:11 ” So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it”.
His words are alive and break the yokes of darkness.

And He has been pruning our hearts, too. What He has been doing for both of us sums up in this scripture..
” And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness to humble you and, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not” ( Deuteronomy 8:2)

When we face challenges and inconvinences, it really shows what we are made of.
He has been challenging us to see what is really in our hearts in everyday life. If we can’t be obedient to small things, He can’t give us bigger things. We don’t always like to face ugly side of own self, but we know He does this because He loves us.
He desires us to grow to be like His son, Jesus ( Romans 8:29).

Let’s continue to enjoy our jouney in Him and be the light to the lost as His precious children!

In Him
Brian and his scribe, Yuka

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