Saturday, November 25, 2006

Newsletter November 25, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!!! We are so thankful for each of you and your prayer support!

Many of you know about our monthly bilingual worship meeting called Afureru! It has been such a blessing to watch it grow and be used by God! We have always known it would be used to encourage Christian to grow in their faith and share the Gospel with non-believers. We recently have been excited to watch God use it to build a network of churches in our city, allowing pastors and church bodies to worship together. But this week, God showed us He can use it in another big way too!

Recnetly one young girl, who is the daughter of the leaders of one church in the Afureru! network, has been deeply affected by watching the leadership of Afureru!. She watched this summer as the CMA team worked hard along with our staff to put on so many ministry events. She has been attending Afureru! worship and witnessing how the praise team and other staff so enthusiastically give their time and talents to be used by God. She now wants to use her time and talents for the Lord as well. She has decided, upon graduating for High School, she wants to attend a 6 month ministry leadership training school in Hawaii and prayer about the direction she wants to go with her life from there. She is so excited and her parents are excited for her too.

I know God uses Afureru! in big ways, and now He is using it to call others into ministry! Pray that God continues to work in big ways through all that we do!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Newsletter November 13, 2006

God provides for us in some of the most interesting ways sometimes!

Rocky is always building on the equipment he has in his studio. There are always new things becoming available and he tries hard to get only what he needs at reasonable prices. His next project looks like it will likely be an acoustic album of hymns and maybe some praise songs. He will play with another very talented guitarist and close friend of ours, Shuhei. In order to do this kind of recording they needed a portable recording system. Rocky was looking at a specific mixer that has all the "stuff" he needs, and we were about to make that purchase. Then this morning he was talking on the phone with a friend in our neighboring city. This guy has a lot of studio equipment. Rocky just jokingly mentioned, "If you have something laying around that you don't need, loan it to me and I will use it." And the guys says that he just so happens to have a mixer that he isn't using, it is brand new and really good. He starts describing it to Rocky and it is the exact mixer that Rocky was wanting. We are going to do a concert in that city tomorrow and the guy is going to bring it to him and basically indefinitely loan this to us for FREE!!! TOMORROW!!!!!! God is so awesome!

I told Rocky that he has to get to work NOW on this CD then, cause I want to hear it myself as soon as possible. You all are going to love it too, it will be totally accoustic, so no language barriers there! Please pray for this project, that God will bless it and bless Rocky and Shuhei as they practice and prepare. They are meeting weekly to practice because they want to record each song together, live so that it sounds as natural and live as you can get!

Praise GOD!!!!!!!!!