Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mission in Japan April 2016 Special Prayer Request


Gary & Naoko in Japan
Special Prayer Request: April 2016

Dear friends, family and partners of Jesus' mission here in Japan! We hope this update finds you well. This is a shorter update than usual with two very specific prayer requests.

Tohoku Vision Trip

We have been planning another vision and prayer trip to Tohoku that will happen from 7 to 12 May. We really wanted to make sure another trip happened before the baby arrives! Naoko will not be coming on this trip, but I will be leading a team of between 4 to 6 guys.

This time, we will focus on the large cities in the very north of the region- Aomori, Akita and Iwate. We are also planning on visiting a church in Sendai, the largest city, as well as visiting a town called Kamaishi which we visited in 2011 after the tsunami. The town has come a long way since then and will in fact be a host of the 2019 Rugby World Cup! We want to meet with missionaries there to see how we can partner with them during those games.

Please be praying for safety and for God's guidance, specifically about where to focus on long-term. We will send an update after the trip :)

Finances

Firstly, we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been financially supporting us up until now. It has been a huge blessing to us, and we couldn't be here in Japan doing this work without it! You have humbled us with your generosity!

As you know, in YWAM, we live and work trusting in God's financial provision, primarily through the Body of Christ. This is to free us to focus on ministry - to spread God's kingdom here in Japan. We try not to draw attention to our financial situation, but we felt like we need to do this now.

Over the past six months, it has become apparent that our monthly support has increasingly been unable to cover our usual expenses. This is a mix of the decreasing value of the Pound, hospital expenses during pregnancy and purchasing items to get ready for the new family member. We have been able to afford everything, praise God, because of one-off donations and some savings. Looking ahead, we anticipate our expenses rising further due to the new baby, a rise in YWAM staff fees (used to help pay for the running of the YWAM Tokyo base) and other items we would likely need pioneering a new YWAM location up north (such as a vehicle!).

We have prayerfully came up with a new target figure which we are having faith for: around £1,750 per month. Currently, we receive around £926. This would mean we are believing for another £824.

Please join us in praying that we can reach our target. And please ask God whether this is something He would like you to be a part of. If you have any questions, please let us know! If you would like details on how to give, please click the button below, or get in touch :) We will keep you up to date with how we are doing! You can also find updated numbers with breakdown of our finances here.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Week of Prayer 9th - 15th May

Week of Prayer
Prayer Walking – May 9th – 15th

Monday           9th May      3.30pm – 4.15pm
Tuesday         10th May      8.00am – 8.45am
Wednesday   11th May    7.30pm – 8.15pm
Thursday       12th May      3.15pm – 4.00pm
Friday            13th May      7.30am – 8.15am
Saturday        14th May    10.00am – 10.45 am
All the above starting from St. Gabriel’s Church.

Sunday           15th May  3.00pm
Joining with the PENTECOST PAGEANT starting at 3pm from the Anglican Cathedral.

Suggested areas
1)      New flats/Grafton St/Groves etc
2)      New houses
3)      Yates St/Corn St/surrounding area
4)      Far side of Northumberland Street and East of
5)      Far side of Northumberland St and west off
6)      Mill St and surrounding
With people signing up for a time slot that suits them and choosing an area to suit them



Prayer Walks



Sunday 15th May


The traditional biannual two Cathedral's walk takes on a new twist as we link with the city council and our partners along Hope Street for a fabulous Pentecost Pageant - Celebration of Hope

HOPE Street will be transformed into a stage filled with performers, singers and artists celebrating Liverpool’s Pentecost Pageant.
Pentecost - a celebration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles – has been marked in Liverpool for 34 years with a ‘two cathedrals walk” which sees thousands of people process between the two cathedrals on Hope Street in a show of unity and celebration.


At 3pm the traditional procession will take place starting from the Anglican Cathedral and anyone intending to join in is asked to wear to wear red or white clothing - the colours associated with Pentecost.  The parade will culminate with a major act of worship from the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

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Sunday 10th April

We had a great time at St Philemon's for a Team service ( St Philemons, St Gabriels, St Cleopas churches having a joint service)

It was great to see Mark get Baptised by full immersion, keep praying for this young man as he put Jesus first in his life. Also great to here testimonies of how others have had a touch from Jesus, putting their trust in him and seeing their lives changed.


Live life to the full. Full of Hope, full of Peace, full of Love, full of Jesus.








Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Sunday 3rd April



Last Sunday we had David Gavin bring us a word and a challenge.
 'Have you made Jesus Christ Lord of your life?'

In the lead up to Easter we have been focussing on the sayings of Jesus from the cross.
This Sunday we looked at when Jesus Gave up His spirit to God and breathed His last. we saw how Jesus consciously chose to give up His life to God, His Father.


Jesus always is our example and we need to consciously decide to give our lives over to Jesus as Lord, not in death, but in life.


"then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve..............as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 click here


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Sunday 10th April





Sunday 10th April - we will be having a joint service at St Philemon's church, should be great it's a Baptismal service in their Baptismal tank.


Image result for baptism



 Not sure what that's about? Come along And find out.

If you don't know where St Philemon's is don't worry, come along to St Gabriel's at the usual time 1030 as we will have a minibus to take you there 😀

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Alpha




Alpha will continue on the 10th April at 6.00pm where we will be looking at 
Why did Jesus die? 

Sunday 3rd April

We return no normal services, after the busyness of the Easter period, this Sunday at 1030 when David Gavin will be bringing the word.

Many people enjoyed the various services over Easter including Maundy Thursday at St Gabriel's where we enjoyed a supper prepared by Dave and communion, a reflection of how Jesus would have spent His last evening with His disciples,

On Good Friday we were at St Cleopas for a time of reflection on the death of Jesus.

Easter Sunday saw us celebrate the Risen Christ.

In between time at St Gabriel's we had an Easter celebration on the Saturday evening with drama, poems and songs with a large and varied cast bringing us the story of Easter.