Thank you for coming back to read about day 1 of the 10 – 10 – 10 Campaign!
For today, please pray for current workers in Japan. Ministering in Japan can be hard. Years ago, my parents supported a missionary in Japan with OMF International. His ministry in Japan was actually to the other missionaries. In Japan, he said it is possible and not unheard of for one to preach the gospel for 20 years before having your first convert. His job was to meet with other missionaries and encourage them, council them, and help them keep doing what God has called them to do.
In Japan, ministry “success” is radically different than we think of in America. I once asked a couple of missionaries in Japan to share some stories of what God is doing. The responses back basically said, “what we consider exciting is not what most American churches would.” And they were right. They were excited about churches growing by what many would think insignificant numbers over long periods of time, talking with the class they teach about the real meaning of Christmas, having first time guests at church, and an occasional new believer.
While working as a missionary in Japan is generally not dangerous, there are other issues that missionaries face: discouragement, depression, spiritual attacks and more. Would you please join me in prayer for the workers in Japan, both missionaries and national workers. Pray for success in their ministries, the Holy Spirit to encourage them, and for overall provision in their lives and ministries.
Lets also lift up the national workers in Japan. Remember to pray for pastors, and other team members in the churches.
Thanks for praying! Please also remember to ask the Lord about partnering with us financially so we can go share God’s love with the children of Japan.
I did not include a report today on the financials, because we started the 10 – 10 – 10 campaign late yesterday. One will be included tomorrow.
One last thing I think I should clarify. The 10% part of the campaign is to get our budget up to the 10% mark. The $200 goal is not a total 10% of our budget. Thanks and God Bless!