Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry & Building Update - October 2018



Expanding Space for an Expanding Ministry
Thank you to all who have supported and have been praying for the purchase of the ministry center building. Today we finalized the purchase of the Nagoya Ministry Center!  We were approved for tax exemption status last week which was a big answer to prayer.  Part of the process was meeting with a city representative and she said the paperwork normally takes a month to process, but she would try to have in completed in one week and she did! 

We also had a walk through two weeks ago with the head of the renovation company we have hired.  We went over in more detail about some of the changes we want made to building and how we want it renovated. There are still many more decisions that need to be made about how to renovate the building and various other design choices. Please pray for the renovation process that will probably start in early November.

Financially we are at 100% of support needed from Japanese sources!  We set a goal to raise $250,000 from American/Foreign sources and we are only short $23,000.  If you are considering year end giving or haven’t yet given please see below how to give.  We are so grateful of the world wide church’s generosity to partner with our Japanese brothers and sisters to expand Christ’s Kingdom in Japan and the world through his Church!

Thank you all for your continued support of our ministry in Japan. We are so excited about all the possibilities this new building will present for us and we’re excited about sharing more and more about the continued progress of our church plant.  More than ever please keep Shiga Church and our family lifted up in prayers as we rely on them daily!

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter

“...for we walk by faith, not by sight." – 2 Corinthians 5:7


Prayer Requests
  • Praise God for receiving tax exempt status and smoothly finishing signing the contracts and transferring of money for the Nagoya Ministry Center!
  • Pray for the design committee, made of six members, as they work with the renovation company on new designs for the building.  Pray the renovation costs won't increase and the work will be completed by a March 1 move in.  Pray for peace in the decision making.
  • 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.  I am having the privilege to preach 2-3 times a month throughout the Nagoya area.  Pray as I preach and as I share about our work in the City.
  • Pray for the upcoming PCJ General Assembly on November 23-24.  This is where all the pastors and elders in the denomination come together to share.  Pray as I will also be giving an update on our church plant.
  • Last week we attending the funeral of a dear brother from the Okazaki Church, Mr. Ichikawa.  His son is also a friend of ours and Pastor in the German Alliance Mission. We praise God Mr. Ichikawa is home with his Savior but pray for the children, spouses and grandchildren who are grieving his sudden loss.  He was a gentle man who lit up a room with his smile.  We praise God for the way he cared for us when we first arrived in Japan.
  • Pray for our family.  We have many transitions in the next year and need great wisdom. 

  • October 27 - Fall Festival English Event (Expecting around 50 Kids)
  • October 28 - Preaching at Moriyama Church
  • October 30 - Michael's Mother Returns Home (She has been such a blessing!)
  • November 1, 8, 15, 29 - Adult and Kid's English at Shiga Church
  • November 5 - Pastor's Meeting
  • November 6, 13, 27 - Adult English at YWCA and Seminary in Downtown Nagoya
  • November 9 - Kid's Club for Pre-School and Elementary Students
  • November 14, 28 - Mom and Kid's Club (Hug Hug)
  • November 16 - Church Planting Group at Nisshin
  • November 18 - Preaching at Megumi no Izumi
  • November 22 - Team Thanksgiving Gathering
  • Novermber 23-24 - General Assembly in Tokyo
  • November 25 - Preaching at Shiga Church
  • November 30 - Church Planting Incubator
  • TBD: Preaching at Nagakute Church
How to Give

Our Projects
  1. “Carter – #11209” in the memo line for our personal support account
  2. “Nagoya City CP – #92895” for donations to go directly to the church plant for general use
  3. "Nagoya City House - #92906" to give to the Nagoya Ministry Center.

1. Giving On-Line / Electronic Funds Tranfers

MTW offers a number of giving options. You can give one-time, set up a recurring monthly gift, give to a specific ministry or missionary, or even give anonymously. Our transaction system provides you with regular reports (some online) to keep you informed of your gifts and for your yearly records. Mission to the World is registered as a 501(c)(3) religious charity.

2. Donations via Check or Money Order:
Please make checks payable to MTW with the memo line of the below account which you would like to give.

  • “Carter – #11209” for our personal support account
  • “Nagoya City CP – #92895” for donations to go directly to the church plant for general use
  • "Nagoya City House - #92906" to give to the Nagoya Ministry Center Building Campaign

Please mail checks to: (Effective June 1, 2017)
Mission to the World
P.O. Box 744165
Atlanta, GA 30374-4165

Japan is well-known as being a country with many obstacles and challenges to the gospel. Despite centuries of evangelistic efforts, the Christian population remains less than 1%. One of the many challenges facing missionaries is how to contextualize the gospel so that Japanese ears can hear and hearts can receive the message. We trust and rely on the Holy Spirit to change the hearts of the Japanese so that they can receive the message, but we must present the message in a way that is understandable and relates to the Japanese context. A fellow missionary, Roger Lowther, is trying to do this using the arts. Roger came and played the organ for the second concert in our concert series we are doing as an outreach. 62 people came and heard him not only skillfully play the organ, but also teach how each of Bach's pieces point to and tells about God. These events are a good way us to get to know people in the community and to share the gospel with them through the music that they enjoy. Please pray for our next concert which will take place around January.
This is a picture of the Kid's Sport's Day at their Japanese Pre-School.  It turned out a fellow missionary's parents were also in town helping out.  The crazy part is our parents go back many many years and worked in the same Presbytery in Virginia about an hour away.  Who would've thought these two Virginia kids would grow up to be missionaries in Japan in the same city and their parents would be watching their grandkids together at their Japanese school so many years later!
As part of the tax exemption application we needed to put a sign on the new ministry center building.  Our intern designed the sign, we had a company print the sign and we had it hung on our "Fixer Upper."  It looks a little out of place, but we are excited to see the transformation of how it will look after the renovation.  Many of the members at Shiga Church have told us how they been moved as they drive by the building and keep praying for how God will reach more of Nagoya for Christ!
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