Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry Update - May 2019

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Abigail Irene Carter
アビゲイル・アイリーン・カーター
May 2, 2019
3572g (7# 14oz)
53cm (20.9 inches)



Abigail is originally from Hebrew and means “my father is rejoicing” and also “gives joy.” 

Irene was taken from her great grandmother and her great great grandmother and means “peace.” 

It is only fit she was born at the beginning of a new era in Japan,令和, which was taken from an ancient poem and as Prime Minister Abe referenced “after a cold winter, spring comes.”  This has been quite the winter for us and we praise God for blessing us with a smooth move into the New Ministry Center last Sunday and Abigail today (Thursday.) Truly a wonderful Spring. 

We do pray, through the grace and power of Christ, she grows into a woman who is “good in discretion and beautiful in form.” Please praise God for our fourth child!

Please also pray as final renovations are completed in the coming weeks at the Ministry Center and for Kid’s English which kicks off Monday. 

Thank you for your love and support!

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth, Maddie and Abigail
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We are quite late on our most recent update, and I am still not believing we are at the end of March.  In Japan the school year ends in March and always seems to be quite busy.  This year has been no exception.  We know this update is long, but throughout the week please come back and read and especially pray for us as you think of us.  We have so many major transitions happening in our ministry and within our family and we really feel the need for prayer!
 
“Expanding Space for an Expanding Ministry”
Construction is continuing to move forward, but to no one’s surprise, they weren’t able to finish by the initial target date of March 20th. After meeting with our contractor and promising he would definitely be finished by April 7thwe received word today he is off schedule again.  In America this might seem the norm, but in Japan this is a big deal.  We had already put in notice for moving out of our current apartment, but were able to call today and get our move-out date extended a few more weeks.  Tomorrow (Sunday) we have a meeting scheduled to hear the contractor’s reasoning for the delay.  Please pray for wisdom for Pastor Aoki, Cathalain, Mr. N (a contractor from our church who introduced the contractor we are using) and myself.  We want to extend grace, but we also have programs we need to start.  Pray especially for Cathalain and I as culturally this is a whole new area for us and we actually seem far less upset then our Japanese counterparts who are desiring to put more pressure on our contractor.
 
The design committee has been doing well with the tedious task of choosing all the colors and style of the building. Everything is coming together nicely and I think that the end result will look nice. Pray as they are finalizing what chairs, tables, kitchen supplies, etc. to purchase.  I am amazed at how they have been visiting stores all over our area trying to find the best prices on used items and negotiating prices for new ones.   Cathalain is always excited to share about the bargains they find.  Please pray as they continue to work together to create an inviting space for all those who enter.
 
Ministry/Family Update
Next week we are expecting to close on our home in Lakeland, FL and in April we are expecting to move, welcome our fourth child into the world, start new ministries in our building and I (Michael) will be starting a new job teaching eight hours a week at a local private high school. Tobin and Elisabeth will also be starting at new schools and Maddie seems nervous about not having Elisabeth around at kindergarten anymore. Since it doesn’t look like we will be in the new building in time for the new school year we are trusting the Lord with how to arrange all the pickups and drops offs at school/walking groups with Cathalain expecting and my new work schedule.  Thankfully our church is rallying behind us and we have grandparents coming and going for the next few months!
 
All of these changes and new beginnings are very exciting, but it’s a little daunting with them coming at once. Please pray that the Lord would continue to sustain us in the midst of all these changes. Sometimes we wonder how we’re going to get through this next month, let alone today, but we continue to see God moving and working and are reminded of his faithfulness even amongst the challenges.  One instance in the past few weeks has been watching the 35+ students who attend our kid’s English Program and although we are excited to see their English improving year to year we are blown away with how much of the Bible they are learning through the Bible Time.  Most of the kids have never been to a Sunday Church Service, but they are learning so much about God’s grace and love Shiga Church.  Although we haven’t seen any conversions we are so excited to watch as these kids grow and grow and trust God will call many of them to himself and all these seeds we will planting will one day bloom.

Please pray we would continue to focus on the Lord and focus on God expanding his Kingdom in City Center Nagoya for HIS Glory!


Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." – Isaiah 41:10

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Praise Reports
  • After having our home on the market for less than a month we have a contract and are set to close March 28.  Our long term renter was also able to find a new place, we've been able to arrange for repairs, and we were able to get down to Osaka for some documents to be notarized! We are thankful for all the help we have received to make this all possible.  Pray for a smooth closing this week.
  • The kids all ended the school year strong.  Maddie had a great first year of school, but the reality of Elisabeth going off to elementary school is hitting her quite hard.  Elisabeth graduated from  Kindergarten and is gearing up for elementary school. Tobin had his best year yet in school and we are thankful for such a great teacher.  We are thankful our kids love Japanese school and thankful for the willingness to work hard at home on English! Pray as Tobin and Elisabeth transition to new schools in April. 
  • Praise God for another successful year of English.  Our program, adult and kids, continues to grow along with each each participants knowledge of the Bible.  We are so thankful for our intern who does such a great job of sharing the Gospel week in and out at our kid's program.  Pray as we gear up for a new year in April and the new program we are creating at the new ministry center.
  • Baby #4 is healthy and active.  Every time Cathalain goes to the doctor the sonogram specialist always comments about how much this baby moves.  Cathalain is doing fairly well all things considered and was excited this baby seems to be on the "smaller" side for our family.
  • Praise God the details for my new position at Kinjo High School are working out.  Pray as I start in April and all the details that still need worked out.
  • Praise God for the generosity of a church in America who raised support to cover all the expenses for our children's ministry in the new ministry center.  We are so grateful for all the financial support our ministry receives every month.
  • Praise God Cathalain's parents arrived in time for Spring Break.  Our kids can't get enough play time and it helps Cathalain so much to have support.  My parents are coming at the end of April and then Cathalain's parents are actually coming back towards the end of May.  We are so thankful for such sacrificial parents.  Pray for the two weeks in April between parents!  There is a lot going on, but we are thankful our church is already trying to figure out how to support us during this time.
Prayer Requests
  • Pray for wisdom as we meet with the contractor for the ministry center.
  • Pray for God's timing in our move, the arrival of our fourth child, etc. 
  • Pray as we have applied for a grant for the final funding of the ministry center.  (Approximately $15,000)  This would cover the remaining portion of the renovation and equipment we need for move in. We should hear back sometime in April.
  • Pray as I transition to working part time at Kinjo High School.  I am excited about the relationships I will build, but nervous as although classes start in April I haven't received a calendar or the curriculum I will be teaching.  This is par for the course, but pray in the next week all these details would be worked out.
  • Pray amidst the craziness of Spring/End of the Year break Cathalain and I could take advantage of her parents being here and get some time together.  It's hard especially for Cathalain to rest, physically and mentally, with everything going on.  Please pray for times of rest.
  • Pray as Cathalain's grandmother passed away a few weeks ago.  It was hard for Cathalain to be unable to travel back for the funeral, but the doctor was adamant.  Pray as her mom, aunt, uncle and the rest of the family continue to grieve.
We are so grateful Cathalain's parents arrived yesterday.  Today Tobin received last minute Spring Training tickets and went to the game with Grandpa while the girls went fabric shopping because DeDe is helping make all the bags necessary for elementary school!
Elisabeth graduated Yochien!  This is a big deal in Japan.  We are so thankful for the past three years and how much she has grown and matured.  This little Christian school has been such a blessing to our family.
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Pray: We need your prayers!  Please pray as you think of Japan for the 99.8% of Japanese who aren't Christian and the majority of Japanese who have never read the or even know what the Bible is!

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Account Status/Giving through MTW
Personal Support Account (#11209): Healthy!  For those who have pledged please continue to give as normal.  (Thanks to a strong December we ended 2018 in the black!)

Nagoya Ministry Center Account (#92906): We are in need of $15,000 to be able to pay cash for the remodel and buy the necessary equipment to move in.  We have a grant proposal we are waiting to hear back on!

Nagoya Church Plant (#92895): We are short $2,000 for our intern this year.  Pray for God to raise this money up either through donations in America or Japan.
Copyright © 2019 Mission to the World, All rights reserved. 
These updates are sent monthly as a way to connect with the Carters, Missionaries with MTW in Japan. 

Our mailing address is: 
Mission to the World
60 Shaner Hill Drive
Lexington, VA  24450

 


 


 


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