Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry & Building Update - July 2018



Each time we get to go back to the States and report to our supporting churches, it lets us think back to the last we were there and how much has changed since then. Part of that is sad because we miss seeing our friends, kids grow up or we miss experiences with our family. However, part of it is exciting because we are able to see how much God has led us in our ministry since the last time we gave a report. Before we left for Japan, we were sharing about coming alongside our team’s vision to start churches in Nagoya. We weren’t sure how we were going to fit into that vision but we knew we wanted to be a part of planting churches in Nagoya. The next time, during our first furlough, we reported about joining with Shiga church to plant a church in the downtown Nagoya area. We weren’t sure exactly where or what it would look like but we had a Japanese church partnership and good avenues for outreach.

I (Michael) returned last week from a two week trip back to America. I haven’t been back to the States in over two years so I was excited to see a lot of family and friends while I was there. I also had the opportunity to preach and report on our ministry in my Dad’s church in Virginia and our home church in Florida. This time, I was able to report how our ministry has grown and progressed as well as the building that we are hoping to purchase for our ministry. I thought back to when we reported an unclear vision about wanting to somehow be involved in church planting in Nagoya to now preparing to buy a building and begin a daughter church in partnership with a Japanese church in downtown Nagoya. We’re very thankful to how God has led us to this point and are excited going forward as we seek to purchase this building.

Thank you to everyone who prayed for my trip. Not just for me but for Cathalain and the kids who had to stay behind in Japan. It was a short but great time to reconnect and share the next big step in our ministry. Thank you also to those who have already pledged to give towards our building. Of the $250,000 we set out to raise in the States, we still need about $95,000. We have made good progress but still have a ways to go. If only 95 of our supporters pledged $1,000, we would reach our goal. Please continue praying we would be able to purchase the building and start using it by the end of this year. This building can be used in so many ways to not only expand our ministry, but also to support and help grow the Presbyterian Church in Japan. For those who have not yet pledged, simply send email the amount you would like to pledge to We will keep you updated on our progress and when to send in the pledges.

As for the Japan side we have finalized the packet we are sending to the members of the PCJ country wide. They will be sent to the printer and mailed out sometime next week. I also have the opportunity to give a ministry update and preach at the largest church in our denomination next week. We are very encouraged and hopeful we will be able to raise the amount needed from the Japan side by August. It has been an incredible partnership with the Shiga Church staff and elders. We are grateful not only for the support from our Japanese church, but also so thankful for their encouragement, assistance and determination to make this happen.

Thank you for all of your hospitality, support and prayer for our ministry. Through your prayer and support you have all had an impact in Japan for the gospel and we are very grateful for how your generosity has made it possible for us to be here and share the message of God’s love and salvation to the Japanese people.

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter
For we live by faith, not by sight." – 2 Corinthians 5:7
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Prayer Requests
  • Pray for the building campaign.  Pray God will raise up the necessary finances to purchase and renovate the building.
  • Praise God that while I was away Cathalain and the kids did great.  Cathalain taught all my classes and somehow was able to juggle the kids.  She was quite thankful for her many Japanese friends who stepped in and helped watch the kids or cook meals. Praise God I also had good time with my grandmother and family while in the States.
  • Pray as I will be preaching tomorrow (July 1) and again on July 8 at Yokkaichi Church. Pray I would be faithful to presenting Christ in the text and for the hearts of those who hear!
  • Paul Tripp is coming to Japan!  The Seminary in Nagoya is launching “Joy of Japan Center” for church planting development.   I am the prayer coordinator for the Nagoya portion of the conference.  Please pray for the conference on 7/13-7/14 and for this new center to be a great support to church planters throughout Japan.
  • Pray for our upcoming July.  We are hosting as 12 member team from Blacksburg, VA.  The team will be helping with an English BBQ, three day English Day Camp and our annual church summer festival.  Pray as they are finalizing preparations and pray God would use this team to deepen relationships and introduce us to more people.

  • July 1 – Preaching at Shiga Church
  • July 3, 10, 17, 24, English Classes at YWCA/Seminary
  • July 5, 12 – Shiga English Classes (Adult (Michael) & 3 Kid Classes (Cathalain))
  • July 5, 12, 19, 26 – Prayer Meetings
  • July 7  – Kid’s School Summer Festival (Cathalain is in charge as PTA President)
  • July 11, 25 – Hug Hug Kid's Club
  • July 13 – Kid’s Club
  • July 19 – Blacksburg Team Arrives
  • July 21 – English BBQ
  • July 23-24 – English Day Camp
  • July 24-27 – Kid’s Gospel at Nisshin
  • July 28 – Shiga Summer Festival/Nisshin Church Festival
  • July 29-30 – Kyoto Trip with Blacksburg Team
  • July 31 – Blacksburg Team Departs
  • July 31-2 – Japanese Presbyterian Church in Japan Denomination Retreat (Once every five years)
I forgot to take pictures documenting my America Trip, but someone sent this one from when I preached at Grace Presbyterian.  Like Father, Like Son.
It’s a little late, but a group gathered for Tobin’s B-Day.  The Nagoya Dragons won in the bottom of the 9th! It was an awesome game and great memories were made!
The Sunday School class had a picnic at a local farm.  This was the picture of the end of the maze minue a few stragglers. Compared to last year everyone's time improved.  
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