Japan needs missionaries who are committed to love the Japanese people and build long-term relationships with them. God has equipped Josiah & Noeru Henderson with their background, personality and culture (Noeru is Japanese) to do just that. Working alongside other missionaries to plant a church in Takasaki, Japan, the young couple seeks to make contacts, build relationships and trust within the local community by opening a coffee shop. With only .5 percent of the 123 million people of Japan having a personal relationship with their Best Friend, it will mean a lot of coffee…
Following the collapse of the shipbuilding industry, Sunderland, England has been economically depressed. Yet this city is where immigrants and refugees are given housing. The population is now very diverse.
Like many dying churches in England, a congregation in Sunderland had dwindled to less than 10 elderly members. But they were eager to work with Dave & Cheri Kelso, veteran missionaries whose ministry is to nurse churches in England back to health. They agreed to pray for local families to start attending.
The Lord is at work! It has not been without struggles (as seen from the photo). But less than a year later, the church is averaging 75 in attendance! It is a very diverse congregation now, with people from 16 nationalities! For 55% of the attenders, English is not their first language!
H & C, a young couple in our church,” write Jeremy and Emilie. “With them we started the English club and a men’s Bible study. They now live 45 minutes from La Rochelle in a town whose population, with its surrounding villages, is about 18,000. ”
There isn’t one Bible believing church in that town. The closest one is about 30 minutes away. In February Jeremy & Emilie began Bible studies in H & C’s home. They are praying that the Lord would use this Bible study not only to help their group grow spiritually, but that it will also be the beginning of an outreach to that area.
Please pray for FIM missionaries in Argentina this week as they receive teaching in Salta from Director Dr. Paul Barreca and Board Member Tony Perez. Pray for a time of growth in God’s Word and preparation for continuing ministry through the spread of the gospel to the people of Argentina.