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Day 13 - 18:
July 16th - 21st, 2011
Thank you so much for your continued prayers for our team. Thank you
for being willing to set aside time and pray for us and God's work here
in Japan. The Bible tells us that when we call to Him, He will answer.
Thank you for calling out to Him on our behalf. The Lord has been
answering and doing amazing things!
This past week we have been in Miyakonojo. This is our 3rd time to
visit this church and every time we come, we love them more and more!
We love building relationships with people year after year. This week
we were so privileged to minister alongside the Sadowitz family and the
Carr family. We will attempt to write and tell you what our week looked
We arrived in Miyakonojo on Saturday, got settled and then went to the
Sadowitz house for dinner. Then we went back to the church and Naomi
and Erica spoke for their youth night. Then we went to the park to play
night frisbee! (I can't speak for all the CMA girls, but most of us are
not very good!)
Sunday morning started with us leading their children's "Joy Club"
service. Tiffany shared about why we worship and how wonderful it is to
find our satisfaction in Jesus. We did a few dances and Katrina taught
the group the very energetic choreography to "One Way, Jesus". This
church always eagerly attacks learning dances. From young to old, boys
or girls, they LOVE dancing and worshiping with us. So fun!
After that we had a part in their main worship service (kids
adults). We did two dances and Katrina shared her testimony. One of the
Pastor/missionaries shared a message on Gideon for their church
service. It was good to be reminded that He can use us in our
weaknesses. We don't need to be perfect or amazingly good at something.
God is searching for hearts, and lives that are fully given over to
lunch we led a (1 hour) mini purity seminar with a group of
younger girls. We did skits, shared what God has taught us and
Christine taught them a dance called Beautiful. The dance is about
finding your beauty and worth in God alone.
Then we had a (2 hour) purity seminar with older girls. We did similar
things, just more in-depth for their age group. At the end we had a
prayer time. Letting them talk to the Lord about what He wanted to say
to them. Then our team went around and prayed with the girls
individually. It was a really sweet time.
After dinner that night they have an outreach called, "Joyful sounds".
This is a choir group that sings worship songs each week and performs
during the year. People come because they want to sing, but they end up
getting to hear about the love of Jesus! Some of the ladies remembered
Christine and I from last year. That was really fun! We did 2 dances
for them and I shared about all the Lord has done for us and why we
want to worship Him.
So as you can see, Sunday was a very full, fun, God-packed adventure
On Monday we were able to help with some service projects around the
church. The weather was rainy because a typhoon was blowing in, so some
of our outdoor projects had to be postponed. After floors were cleaned
and waxed we spent the rest of the day getting dances and testimonies
ready for our 90 min performance that night. Well, Christine did
find time to join the church kids for a game of soccer in the almost
typhoon! Needless to say, she came home soaked and happy!
That night was quite an adventure! Here is our new saying that really
sums it up, "Who says serving God is boring!"
The performance that night was at a PTA meeting at a nearby high
school. All day we prayed and wondered if the event would be cancelled
because of the coming typhoon. The wind was crazy outside all day
getting stronger as evening came. We wondered how many people would
even want to go out in this weather. We got ready at the church, where
we were staying. We ran to the cars with rain pelting our faces and
soaking our clothes. As we drove to the school we saw people walking,
trying to use umbrellas that have turned inside out because of the
wind! We got to the school and the wind was so strong, it was quite a
funny site to see everyone run for cover. In Japan you take your shoes
off before you enter a building, but we had to carry our shoes in with
us because if we left them outside they would have blown away! We
quickly got ready for the performance.
start! As we walked out on stage we are very surprised to see
the amount of people the Lord brought to this event! Praise God! We did
our first few dances and testimony, then our translator came back to us
and said, "Now you are supposed to teach dance." What? There had been a
miscommunication and they thought we would be teaching some dance and
ending a bit earlier than we thought. A big change of plans like that
has happened right before we start, but not usually in the middle of
the performance. We quickly made adjustments and I went out on stage to
teach the audience some dance steps. We put on a worship song and then
the CD player decided to skip and crackle and make horrible sounds. So
sad. We then resumed our program with the next dance but the
music was still horrible. We had to stop in the middle of our
dance. We paused changed to different CD player and restarted. The rest
of the performance went pretty well. At the end they called us out on
stage, asked us some questions and then cried, encore, encore! So we
did another dance for them. We were just laughing at all the plans God
had for us that night! So different than our plans, but His plans are
always higher than ours! Even though we felt like it was a very "shaky"
performance, everyone seemed to LOVE what we did and shared. One of the
non-Christian ladies who was there, was in tears during our first song
(in Japanese). She said the words of the song touched her deeply. Chris
Sadowitz said that the testimonies that we shared applied directly to
what some of those people where going through. Praise the Lord
who guides us and knows what each one of us need.
*Extra note: The Sadowitz family has been reaching out to
neighbors for 15 years. They shared the gospel with them many times
over the years. Their neighbors have been kind but have never wanted to
know any more. Just recently they have become interested in the Bible
and are attending a Bible study. They came to our performance that
night. After 15 years of praying, loving and sharing, this is such an
exciting break through!! Please pray for them, that they would fully
give their lives to Jesus. Also pray for the Sadowitz family and many,
many other missionaries like them in Japan. They are so faithful and
give so much day after day, even when they have to wait 15 year to see
Tuesday the kids didn't have school, canceled because of
typhoon. So we
had a "typhoon party"! Lots of people from the church came over for
lunch. Then we broke into groups for some prayer time. Then we played
board games! We wanted to share some of the requests with you, so that
you could pray with us!
Pray for the Sadowitz
family as they are going back to America for a year-long furlough next
summer. They are praying that all the many people they disciple will be
strong in the Lord even during their absence. Pray also for their kids
as they readjust to life in the States
Pray for the Carr
family as they will stay behind and run things while the Sadowitz
family is gone. Pray that the Lord would provide the workers that they
Several kids and
teenagers have come to the Lord recently. praise the Lord! Pray for
their parents to come to know Jesus as well.
Pray for their
Vacation Bible School in 2 weeks that many kids would come and that
they would come to know Jesus. Their theme is, "The joy of the Lord is
Pray for refreshment
and encouragement for the Sadowitz and Carr families as they faithfully
serve the Lord. They have so many weekly events that are truly making a
difference in the lives of those involved (mostly young people). They
have such a passion for making disciples and it is wonderful to see
their dedication to loving the people of Japan.
That night we lead the Boy's youth Bible study. Their group name is the
"Transformers" because they are being changed into the image of Christ.
We ate Mc Donald's hamburgers, played some games and then Naomi shared
about things the Lord taught her through her experiences with boys she
ministered to in Nepal. Then Erica taught them a dance about being
alive in Christ, which they LOVED. We laughed so much that night. The
boys were so into the dance! They were adding their own flare and sound
effects, it was awesome!
On Wednesday we were so happy because we got to help with service
projects on the church property. We worked on cleaning up volcanic ash,
washing the parking lot/basketball court, painting the deck, pulling
weeds, cleaning up more ash and scrubbing down the stone walk way. Then
at about 3pm we went and stood outside of schools handing out flyers
for their summer camp. So fun to see all those sweet little faces. We
are praying that the Lord would draw many children to camp to hear
That evening we had the Girl's youth Bible study. We ate dinner
together, played games and did a dance for them. I shared with them
about worship being a way of life and how everything we do can bring
glory to God and draw others to Him. Then Katrina taught them a dance
to a song that fit perfectly with what I had shared. It was really a
sweet time of worship. After that we ate cupcakes and hung out and
talked with the girls. One girl was there for the first time. She came
to the church a few times when she was very young. Chris Sadowitz saw
her in the park the other day and told her about us and invited her to
come. He didn't think she would show up, but God brought her! She
lingered and lingered all night, ending up the last one to leave. You
could tell she was searching and that she loved the atmosphere that
night. I know that she was feeling something she could not explain; she
was feeling God's presence in that building. Please pray with us that
she will come again and again to hear more about the God who loves her
On Thursday Erica and Christine helped paint the parking lot. We went
out to lunch with the Sadowitz family and Izumi who translated for us
the last 3 years. After lunch we worked on packing and getting
ready to move to the next location. Naomi and Hannah got ready fast and
went to join an English class at a Nursing School. Then that afternoon
we packed the cars, said our goodbyes to these sweet families.
We are now safely in Kokubu, but only for 2 days and then we leave for
Hiroshima. Please pray for Hannah, her back is hurting her a lot. And
pray for Katrina as her body fights off a cold.
Thank you again for standing with us in prayer!
Living and breathing to tell of His Love,
Tiffany and CMA Japan 2011 Team
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