Update from Hachinohe

Aloha! Dear sisters and brothers of New Life ICF.
Brian and I pray that 2013 will be the year of full of His joy, peace and love!
We would like to share some updates on us.

Editor of Hawaii Houchi ( ハワイ報知)contacted us after he read the article that Kumi wrote .
Somehow he found it in the Daily News paper website. Again, God is beyond our understanding…
Instead of being happy about it, my ( Yuka ) first reaction was ” I was nervous”.
I did not realize that I felt shame after being turned down by NHK Aomori ( TV program).
I felt that what Brian and I have been trying to do would not be recognized by people in JPN.
I realized that I was trying to make myself  look bigger than who I am.
After talking with God, and repented, I asked Him ” If this is your will for me to share, please help me to write.”
I felt so much freedom after that and I could write freely.( I attached a copy of the news paper.)
I shared about both of our good and uncomfortable experiences since we moved to Hachinohe also, how people are still struggling in Tohoku.
Even though we can’t do anything big, or might not be recognized, if we are allowed to care and help one person,
we want to be there for that person. Because we believe what the bible says, ” Since you were precious in My sight, you have been honored. And I have loved you.” We wanted to share His heart of how precious we are!
Surprisingly, he did not edit  any part of the article. I thanked the Lord for the opportunity and received another freedom in my heart!

The Lord has been bringing more people into our lives. We have been praying for more people, but the way He does things is always unexpectedly.We can never out think our God.
I want to list the names of people who need prayer. None of them are saved yet, so please pray with us for their salvation.
Please pray for me and Brian that we only do what the Lord wants us to do. If possible could you pray Colossians 1:9-12 for us.
One of the things that disappoints us is when people praise us we don’t want them to focus on us ,but want them to see Jesus!

Here is the list of our friends in Hachinohe

1. Yuko ( she takes English lesson from us)
2. Kozue, Shinsei(8yrs) and Yuzuki ( 7yrs) ( 2 children take English lesson from us) f
3. Shigeki Nakui
4. Haruka & Chris
5. Saka-san
6. Ayako-san
7. Mr& Mrs Hasegawa
8. Mayumi-san and Aika
9. Mr & Mrs Takada
10. Tony & Coco
11. Ritsuko
12. Kumi
13. Sachiki & Kimio

We received a letter from Kumi. She said that she felt so light and warm when she came to Hawaii. She really appreciates each and everyone of you, especially Pastor Mei LI.  What Pastor Mei Li prayed for her really made an impact in her heart.
She realized that life is not all about work or success. She was given a chance for promotion after she came back from Hawaii.
She said she was very happy, but turned it down.
Because she wants to re-evaluate her life to seek what she really should do in her life.
Please pray that the seed we planted will continue to grow in her heart.

Lastly we want to share the note from a book called ” The Emotionally Healthy Church” by Peter Scazzero.
This is what Brian & I have been experiencing since we moved to JPN. We felt sometime we were going backwards…
Thanks to the faithful God who gives us comfort when we need.
We thought this might help and encourage some of you.

” God the Divine Archaeologist”
As we progress in the Christian life, we find that it is a never-ending process. We go back, breaking some destructive power of the past. Then later, on a deeper level, God has us return to the same issue on a more profound level. I suspect more conversions will follow for me in the years to come. Thomas Keating  compares God’s work in us to a Middle Eastern tell, or archaeological site, in which one civilization is built on another in the same place. Archaeologists excavate level by level, culture by culture, down through history. The Holy Spirit is like a divine archaeologist digging through they layers of our lives.

The Spirit intends to investigate our whole life history, layer by layer, throwing out the junk and preserving the values that were appropriate to each stage or our human development… Eventually, the Spirit begins to dig into the bedrock of our earliest emotional life…. Hence as we progress toward the center where God is actually waiting for us, we are naturally going to feel that we are getting worse. This warns us that the spiritual journey is not a success story or a career move. It is rather a series of humiliations of the false self.

God  uses disorienting events and experiences to do a profound inner work in us. Every spiritual journey takes us to the hardest realities in our lives, the monsters within us, our shadows and strongholds, our willful flesh, and our inner demons. It is essential that we understand these enemies within us or we will inevitably project them outward on to other people”

In Him
Brian & his scribe, Yuka

Hawaii Houchi

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