A heart attack is not something people wish for. We certainly didn’t want it nor expect it. God orchestrated it perfectly so the outcome was His plan: a new heart for Gordon and the opportunity to work with God in what He is doing in the life of Gordon’s cardiologist.
At many stores in December, we hear Christmas carols in Japan. Amazing! But, many do not know the true story of the Lord’s birth and saving work. Some Japanese people think Christmas is Santa’s birthday! So, at our Bible study Christmas party we shared the account of Jesus’ birth by lighting Advent candles, reading scripture and singing Christmas carols. Each year I learn (or re-learn) something new. Here are my top 3 lessons I’ve learned this Christmas 2020:
Our prayer is to return to Japan in 2021 to serve for 5 more years. Recently, we received some generous funds for a matching gift. This will help us toward reaching 100% of our support which is required before we can return to Japan.
We give thanks to God for all He has done for us in Jesus Christ. And we praise God for all of you and your partnership with us. In Japan, they have a “thanks for labor” holiday, on November 23rd. We usually celebrated American style Thanksgiving near that day. For the last 15 years, we invited our fellowship group students and friends to our home for food and stories. The food highlight was our barbecued turkey!
Join us for a virtual visit in the midst of COVID19 travel restrictions! Interested in Japan? Lots of people are! The Short-Term Mission Team is hosting this virtual visit with Gordon and Lee Ann Hwang, IM Global servants in Yokohama, Japan. They have been serving in Japan for the past 15 years. They will give you a taste of their ministry and give you food for thought on what you could do to share your faith with young people in Japan. Join us September 22, 2020 at 1pm(EDT).