What will we be doing in Japan?
Of course our main purpose for going is to share God’s love and make disciples. Comfort the Japanese people, who are very self-reliant, and let them know they don’t have to do this alone, they don’t have to have all the answers. They can take their weary over-worked selves to the feet of Jesus and just rest knowing He is in control.
The way we hope to do this varies!
Matthew will be teaching at a K-12 Missionary School that teaches an American Christian curriculum. (As a mom I am so excited that Archer will be able to go to school with his dad! I’m sure that will outgrow it’s coolness at some point, but for now it’s the coolest thing ever).
The school has about half Japanese students and half missionary kids. I believe somewhere around 9 nations are represented. Investing in the children of Japan is one of the easier ways of sharing the gospel. They are much more open to it and Matt will be teaching from the Bible in addition to his regular subjects.
Some other things we are praying about is the fact that there is no church in the town we are moving to. We took a “Timothy Initiative” class at Bethel and are praying about possibly implementing some of those strategies in Japan as well as all we have gleaned from Braden River meeting in homes for the last few years. We’ll have to wait and see when we get there. That one needs a lot more prayer.
We’ve also been praying about an opportunity that has come up for us to teach English through Bible Study. The leaders of this group will be heading back to America for home assignment the same month we arrive and have asked if we’d be willing to keep it going while they’re gone. It’s not in the same town, but nearby. We’re praying about taking that on with two little ones at home and how the logistics of that would work.
We are so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Japan and will continue to pray about home church possibilities and leading the English Bible Study.
For the first few years in Japan, life will probably look much like it does now. Matthew teaching and me at home with the little ones. Once the they are older, I’ve been told there is always a need for substitute teachers and teacher aids at the school Matt will be teaching at. Until then I’ve been preparing my heart to be sensitive to do what the Lord would have me do. Whether that be befriending neighbors and inviting them over for an “American dinner” or just taking the best care of my family that I can while we all find our footing in this foreign land. We’ve been told Japan is a “spiritual vacuum” of sorts so making our home a light in that community will take more of an intentional effort than it does here. We would love your prayers as we seek to honor God in all of our decisions.