Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry Update - September 2017

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North Korea
Last week across Northern Japan many woke up to the announcement that a missile was launched. This prompted emergency alert system trials throughout Japan as some cities systems didn’t function correctly so this morning we were awoken to Nagoya testing their emergency system. (Thank goodness we knew in advance.) Then this afternoon we checked the news and saw Japan and Korea believe North Korea has just conducted another successful nuclear test. As you can imagine tensions are high.

Many have asked do we have plans or how do we plan to respond. In short we plan to respond with the Gospel. We do have an emergency contingency plan we hope to never use and we are preparing a “Go” bag. More so we are praying through this, God would give many opportunities to share Christ with our neighbors and friends. Now more than never the everlasting hope of Christ is imperative. Please pray for the Holy Spirit to work in these uncertain times, pray we could encourage and share the good news of Christ with those we come in contact with, pray for President Trump, Mr. Abe, Mr. Moon Jae-in, Mr. Kim Jung-un, and other international leaders as they handle this very delicate situation. Also pray for the safety of the millions in Asia where cities are so densely populated and even one small missile could cause catastrophic damage.

Moving Forward
August was more of a down month where I could focus a great deal on sermon preparation and upcoming plans for the Fall. Our new intern arrives tomorrow and will be slowly easing into full time ministry. All of our outreaches will restart next week and I will be partnering with our Seminary’s café to help restart their English language program. I have also agreed to start preaching once a month at Shiga Church. Our largest prayer concerning our church plant is twofold. We are going to start looking again for space to rent starting in April. We have thus far not been able to find space that is suitable for our needs. Please pray as this is very important for future ministry. Also we have met people who are interested in joining our church plant once we are more established but we are really in need of 4 family units to commit to helping us form a core group. Some challenges in recruiting are Japanese is essential and living in the city isn’t always appealing. Please pray God would be gathering this group together and help us to make more and more connections.

In September I have the privilege of joining MTW leaders throughout the world for the LEAD conference in Greece. Pray for Cathalain who will be managing the kids with my mother who is flying in to lend a hand. We are so thankful for her willingness to come and serve. Pray for wisdom within MTW and for all the leaders attending this conference.

Thanksgiving
We are always so thankful for your prayers and commitment to our ministry. More so than ever we feel your prayers are needed and coveted. There is much going on and we are truly in need of wisdom and guidance from the Lord.

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.- Matthew 5:44&45

Website: www.cartersan.com (updated through August)

Prayer Requests
  • Pray for peace throughout the world. Pray for our world leaders as decisions are being made concerning North Korea. Pray for the North Koreans and Kim Jung-un.
  • Praise God for our summer interns and their willingness to serve and be a part of our life/ministry in Nagoya. They finished strong and we so helpful to us.
  • Praise God for our new intern! Pray for Akiko’s adjustment and as she begins to start working full time. Pray for Pastor Aoki and for us as we adjust to adding on more staff to assist in ministerial responsibilities.
  • Pray for rental space for our church plant. Pray specifically for a space that is not limited by time or day usage, can be used by a religious corporation (how we are classified) and a place where we can have activities for kids. Pray for a generous Japanese person to come alongside in our search for good property.
  • Prayer for my sermon preparation time. Pray I would be faithful to presenting Christ in the text, for my translation and the time it takes to translate, and for my Japanese tutor who helps check and teach me how to write more naturally.
  • Pray for our Young Adult English Group. Many have expressed interest in coming but it’s often difficult for them to come because of their busy work schedule. Please pray that they would be able to come and pray for the 15-20 minute Bible time we have at the end of class.
  • Pray for Cathalain as she balances ministry, family and MTW responsibilities. Pray for wisdom in how she should be best using her time. Also pray as she and our Pastor’s wife seek to disciple our new intern together.
  • Pray for our children starting second semester of school tomorrow. So far they are thriving in their environments and we pray this will continue. Praise God Maddie is potty trained and it was relatively a pain free process!!

Calendar
  • September 4 – Akiko, New Intern Arrives
  • September 8 – Kid’s Club
  • September 11 – Okazaki Bible Study
  • September 13 & 27 – Mom and Kid’s Club (Hug Hug)
  • September 14, 21, 28 – Shiga English Classes (Adult (Michael) & 3 Kid Classes (Cathalain))
  • September 17 – Preaching at Shiga
  • September 18-24 – LEAD Conference, Greece (Michael only)
  • September 21 – Cooking Class
  • September 27 – Kick off of English at CBI
  • September 28 – Michael leads Prayer Meeting
  • September 29 – Church Planting Incubator Training at CBI (Seminary in Nagoya) *Every *Tuesday Michael is still working at the YWCA in their English Department. Cathalain was able to assist with a mini camp in August. Pray as we build relationships and for them to be to letting us use their space.
 
 
Last year two of our supporting churches gifted us a personal gift that enabled us to buy Legoland Season passes for our family.  Legoland opened in April and in August all annual passholders could take 2 friends into the park for free multiple times.  Since we stayed in Nagoya we took 10 of our friends throughout August.  This is our regular Sunday School Group.  “generosity begets more generosity”
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