Monday, March 26, 2007

Newsletter March 26, 2007

Wow, what an awesome weekend we had!!!

Our good buddies Takako-san and Gen-san were married!!!!!!!!!!! YEA!!!! We are always so excited when God creates another Christian home. Not only that but the ceremony and reception were powerful witnesses to all in attendance. Jesus was so glorified on their wedding day before many friends AND family members who do not yet know the Lord. Pray with us for the many seeds that were planted this weekend through these guys. Especially pray they can continue to be a witness through their marriage, to their families!!! We are so excited for you Auntie Tako (and you don't know it yet, but Gen-san, you are now Uncle Gen, Welcome to the family!!!)

The next item of business is the exciting thing happening through Afureru! March's Afureru! was on Sunday evening and it was awesome. I was most excited to hear a testimony from one of the participating pastors. Today he baptized a young man in his church. During the young man's testimony he shared that it was at an Afureru! meeting he confirmed his faith in Christ! We often don't know when these things happen, and it is always such a pleasure to hear that God is using the things we do in this way. PRAISE GOD!!! Please keep praying for this ministry as God works through it in so many ways!

Blessings and Love from Japan,
The Ayatsuka's

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Newsletter March 3, 2007

I can not believe it is already March! It is already started to warm up in Japan after an unusually mild winter and we are doing great!

We are continuing to work on the Purity ministry that I mentioned in our previous newsletter. Please continue to pray as we meet monthly and work on how best to get started. God must work to make it all happen and to draw the people in to the seminars, so please pray that He will guide us and make the way.

March in Japan is when the school year ends and there are a few weeks of vacation before the new school year begins in April. Our work at the two kindergartens where I teach English and Bible, will warp up in these next few weeks. Pray for the students and Mom's of students that we will lose contact with as they move on to elementary school and outside the realm of our ministry. Pray that the things of God that they have learned will stay with them and they will continue to seek Him, mother and child alike!

Since we moved to this area we have had Jehovah's Witnesses visit often. They ALWAYS seem to come at a time that we can not talk to them, because we are too busy or on our way out the door, etc. My heart goes out to these ladies that so diligently go door to door to share what they believe. They are so bogged down in the law and works of that religion's teachings. This last week, I finally just made an appointment for them to come back when I can sit down and talk with them. Rocky has agreed to be here and help me out too. It is sort of comical, because they think they are coming to "evangelize" me, but it is really the other way around. Would you pray for us, as they come this Thursday morning to talk with us. Pray that our peace and joy, our faith and assurance in Christ will shine through as we relate to them.

May God bless you all!
Rocky, Marla and Hana