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Now It's Personal

The month of November has been and will continue to be filled with various ministry opportunities. I just counted 10 events that we will have done by the end of the month, and I'm hoping for many more, especially as we approach Jesus' birthday!

I was struck, though, by the fact that this is now very personal. Before we moved here to Japan, I was thinking in terms of "Japanese people" in general. I would often ask people to pray for the country of Japan, or for the people as a whole to come to know Him.

Well now, they're not just people... they are my friends. They now have faces. They now have names. And you know what? I really, really like them. Some of you may remember that I asked you to pray specifically that God would help me to truly care for the Japanese. It's easy to say you "love" someone because you're supposed to as Christians, right? But liking them is another story. Thanks to your prayers, I not only love these people, but I also LIKE my new friends, genuinely. So now, I must ask you to pray with all your heart for my FRIENDS here. Pray that they will see their need for Jesus, their personal Savior. Pray that they will know that there really is a God who will hear their prayers.

Tomorrow morning, . . .

A new mom friend will be coming over for coffee (and chocolate! She loves chocolate!). I only have a very short time with her since she will be moving away next month. Pray that I will be a good listener for her, and that the Lord will speak through me. Thanks!


P.S. It may be a while before you see new pictures up on our blog... something weird happened where we lost our photo gallery, and we can't put up any more pictures until this is resolved. My poor husband has been working for hours on end trying to figure this out!!

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