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Day 20 - 24:
July 23rd - 27th, 2011
This week has continued in our theme of "God works in mysterious ways"!
The Lord keeps the surprise opportunities coming! We arrived in
Hiroshima on Saturday around noon. When we got to the church they were
having an outreach for mothers and their children. The building was
full of people! Pastor Lee asked if we would be able to do a few dances
after lunch. We said, "sure!". I got to share why we dance for Jesus,
we did one of our Japanese dances and then we taught the children some
dance steps. It was a fun, unplanned, God opportunity. This week in
addition to us, there's a Korean team of 17 people staying at Pastor
Lee's church. They are here for a 10 day mission trip. They use
testimonies, music, skits, and dance to share the gospel. It has been
really fun to team up in ministry with them this week.
That Saturday afternoon we drove for 3 hours to what
us was, "A really countryside church", called Yananhara Church. Our
team and about 6 members of the Korean team, piled into cars for our
adventure. The drive was BEAUTIFUL! Seeing the gorgeous
countryside left us in awe of our awesome Creator. That night we got to
fellowship with people from the church and the sweet, sweet pastor's
wife took such good care of us.
Sunday morning the Korean
shared a testimony, song and dance. Then Pastor Lee spoke about living
for Christ and what that looks like. After that they gave us an hour
for ministry. As we danced and shared testimonies, we really felt the
Lord at work. This church was SO happy to have two young teams from
other countries visit their church. They do not have many young people
at their church and they felt honored that we would come all that way
to minister to them. They said they felt it was "God's gift to them".
After we danced we had lunch with the church and said our goodbyes and
drove the 3 hours back to Hiroshima.
That evening we had dinner,
fellowship, singing and prayer time with
the Korean team. It was so wonderful to sit together and worship. We
had a surprise," dance competition"! Which really meant, they
show us one of their dances and we show one of ours. Just another fun
God opportunity! My favorite thing that night was singing, "God
is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He's so good to me".
Sweet worship with our brothers and sisters from Japan and Korea. All
serving the same God and here for the same purpose. We also spent time
praying together. At one point they had us go in the middle of the room
and their team prayed for us and our ministry. God truly is, so good.
Monday we (Pastor Lee's family,
the Korean team and CMA girls) left for Kid's Camp (only about 20 min
away from the church). Every year a group of churches comes together to
hold this outreach event. We were not sure what to expect, but it was
great! We stayed in a building, nestled in the beautiful green mountain
top. We were so happy to be at camp! With our bunk beads and
everything! There are so many sweet little girls (6-7yr) for us to love
on. They all come from non-Christian homes, some have never heard about
Jesus and some have heard a little. We were so excited to plant seeds
and help draw these girls to their Jesus.
Here is what our schedule
20min performance and testimony
- Morning worship
- 2 hour dance workshop
for the girls
Erica taught ballet,
Katrina shared a devotional and taught a dance, Naomi taught Israeli,
and Christine taught leaps and turns!
- Break (hike/exploring
- Craft time
- 50 min performance
geared towards the children
We were trying to come
up with testimony ideas for these little girls. "Lord, what do they need
to hear?" God inspired us to do a skit! Katrina was the narrator,
working with our friend and awesome translator, Pastor Kato. They told
the story of a girl, Hannah, who goes through life not knowing her own
beauty or worth. She cares only about how others see her, not as God
sees her. She carries burdens and hurts from what people have spoken
into her life. She is left broken. She then meets her creator, God. He
tells her how He sees her. Tells her of His love for her and that He
made her perfectly just the way He wanted her. He takes off the rags,
the burdens and fears left by others. In the end, Hannah is able to
keep her eyes fixed on Jesus, follow Him and trust in His love for her.
The skit went so well, we could feel God's presence and Him working
powerfully through the words and the movements. We also danced that
night and we had the girls show the dance they had learned earlier that
day. Naomi shared about her sister's adoption and told how we were all
chosen by God and how He wants to adopt us into His family. It was a
wonderful way for her to talk about salvation and giving your life to
We had a
wonderful time of praise, worship, message and prayer around the
- Morning worship
- The Korean team's
"It was encouraging to
hear how God is at work in the lives of the little girls at the camp.
Our dear friend Kumiko shared with us that one of the girls in her
group was really touched by the skit we did last night. This little
girl had struggled with fear and insecurity and really understood the
message that God loved her and made her uniquely. She grasped the idea
that she should not listen to the voices in her life that say she is
not good enough. Praise God for making the message of His love clear to
this precious one! Her mother and grandmother (both unsaved) attended
the concert last night and were so surprised and pleased to see their
little girl dancing up on stage without shyness. We know that God's
Word never returns void and continue to pray for these little ones to
come to a saving knowledge of Jesus." ~Naomi
- Drive back to
Hiroshima church, repack and get on a train!
We are leaving this afternoon to travel to the Tokyo area where we will
spend the night. Then on Thursday someone will drive us up to
Fukushima, (Iwaki city) where we will do relief work.
Here are some of our prayer request for our time in Fukushima:
- Naomi has been sick
the past few days, yucky cough and not much energy.
- Hannah has some food
allergies that triggers pain in her body. Pray for the right food and
nutrients she needs. Also please continue to pray for her back and
- Katrina is still
battling her cold, but doing a little better (The rest of us are
feeling good right now)
- Pray for abundant
provision emotionally and spiritually. With all our eyes and hearts
will be experiencing, please pray for strength.
- Pray for God's
- That God would give
us His eyes, hands and hearts for the people we meet
- For divine
- For our travel
- For relationships
with the people we will work with at the church. This is our first time
to go to this area and work with these people. We really feel the Lord
wants us to be a refreshment to the workers at this church. Ask that
the Lord would show us how to do that and that we would not miss any
opportunities that He has for us.
- Pray that the Lord
would continue to strengthen our team, deepening our love and support
for one another. One of our prayers the past few days is that we would
keep our eyes fixed on God and who He is, and also to remember that
with God, nothing is impossible!
Thank you so, so, much for your prayers!
You may not hear from us for
about a week. We don't know how much, if any, internet access we will
have. We will update you again as soon as we can!
To God be all the Glory!
Tiffany and CMA Japan 2011 Team
"Our God is greater, our
God is stronger, God you are higher than any other.
Our God is healer, awesome in power, our God, our God."
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