we touched this same spot with our hands, our feet, our gaze and our dreams
Monday, March 03, 2014
CITY FORCE - Japan Debrief - England Brief - March 2014
Japan Debrief - England Brief
Team: Akira, Jon, Wendy, Judith, Simmi & Daisuke is taking the
Ok, I'm back from an amazing time in Japan. The main ministry of
culinary consumption is pictured to your left. (A Korean feast
prepared by a Korean believer who refuses to let "the servants of
God" pay). Ah, the burdens of us missionary types.
I wanted to thank you for your prayers and let you know how the Lord
answered them. This seems to be the season that wonderful foundations
are being laid for the long-term, while new and deepening friendships are
paving the way for 24-7 Prayer and church planting in the nation.
Next week I leave for England and want to give you a little overview of my
upcoming visit and some ways to pray for me.
Phase 1 - Iwaki,
The idea of God as a Father, current and intimate, is a fairly
foreign idea for Japanese believers. Thus the The Father Heart
Gathering in Iwaki. It was attended by nearly 50 people - a great
turnout by Japanese standards. Akira and I did most of the teaching
and facilitating of the ministry times. One of my joys is in praying
over some of the older Saints to commission them as "fathers and
mothers" to the emerging generation. Wow! There were tears all around
and a commitment to first receive a deeper revelation of Father's love in
order to draw from a deep well to give to others. The Spirit of the
Lord was present to break strongholds both personal and cultural - thanks
truly here with a gaggle of masked students. They are only miles
from the Fukushima nuclear plant and sensitivities are high!
The Lord arranged a divine surprise for us in Iwaki.
Akira has developed a friendship with a middle school principal,
Sawaii Sensei who wanted to have us come in to share at an assembly for his
9th graders (14-15 years old). The questions were, "What experiences
did you encounter in your middle school years that prepared you for your
future?" and "what has made you successful today." Oh man -
kid in a candy shop questions.
The principal, was so blown away by the things we shared (Akira, Wendy,
Judith and I) that he invited us back. The next morning in the church
services, there he sat as we worshiped and feasted on the Word. He told us
that he dreams about the things we shared with the students who rarely get
encouragement or enticed to dream. When you see people through a redemptive
lense, it gives hope and hope leads. While it was parents day, and so
many of the parents were in the room, they very very silent, though their
kids were full of questions. Discussing forgiveness was not high on
their regular repertoire of discussions with their own kids - the kids
couldn't get enough.
While having lunch at the school with Sawaii Sensei, we found ourselves
lunching with the Japanese leadership of the Save the Children
Foundation. Akira effectively explained to them that helping children
goes beyond social compassion to a change of heart for the whole family -
they were so impacted they were eager to hear more and keep in touch with
him in the future - Go God!
Thanks for praying for our time in Iwaki. Pray now that this open
door will create a wedge for Akira especially and others of us as we pursue
this relationship with Sawaii Sensei and the SCF.
Phase 2 - Tokyo, Feb
Next, Wendy and I were invited to a gathering of foreign mission executives
called the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association - JEMA. Our good
friend Andy Game had opened the door for Wendy to set up a prayer room and
for me to address the mission leaders on the topic of Prayer and
Evangelism. I felt the effect of so many prayers for me as this
returning MK spoke to the same types of leaders my dad was 50 years ago
while I stood outside the conference center selling sodas at their breaks
and criticizing them for their lack of unity. Full circle. I
felt nothing but love and gratitude for them and the increased unity and
commitment to lifestyle prayer they are seeking for Japan. New
speaking invitations and some partnerships are taking shape as a result of
our time there in Ochanomizu (Tea Water) district of Tokyo. Thanks so
much for praying for me - I sensed the boost of it.
Phase 3 - YWAM
Tokyo, Feb 25,26
I had a very divine encounter with my YWAM friends, David and Maria
McDaniel and their team in Tokyo. They have begun a community
gathering on Tuesday nights in Tokyo called "The Living
Room." There were 50, mostly young ones, absolutely in love with
Jesus and ready to rumble. They are so hungry for God and to see Him
invade the nation - this thing has all the growth DNA to become very
dangerous to the guys on the dark side. Ha! Thanks for praying
- the oil was there!
Thanks for the blessing!
The Lord provided for all my financial needs just before I
left. Thanks to those of you who stood with me.
Off to England - Feb. 12-18
Next week I'll be with our Boiler Room community, called Emaus
Road, in Guildford, England. I'll be teaching at a Father Heart men's
gathering on the 15th. Sunday I'll take the service and Monday a
meeting with the church leaders. This is my family in so many ways
and I need prayer to be able to bless them and encourage them. Pray for
discernment to know what Father's menu is for them and that the Lord would
set the table for us.
I'm a mess without Him. I love you all!
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