Recent Updates from the Chases in Japan

Matt and Carly Chase

Spring/Summer 2017

Mission To The World

 


"O Lord, you hear the desire of the afflicted; you will strengthen their heart"-    Psalm 10:17

We are overwhelmingly grateful at how God has provided a ministry house for our family to live in Japan. As many of you know this journey started last summer as we began to look for a ministry house that would be suitable for our family. God not only provided the biggest house, but also the cheapest, and only a thirteen minute walk from the university. Praise Him! It is also close enough to our old house so that our kids don’t have to change their schools-a huge blessing for us and them as their friendships are so important. We received the keys to the house on February thirteenth, and began renovations the next day. About a month later, Carly’s dad (Graham), mom, and brother came for about two months to help completely renovate the inside. Graham is a carpenter in Australia and we were humbled and blessed by his heart to serve us in this way. His attention to detail really helped to make the house a livable beautiful home. By doing the majority of renovations ourselves we were able to save a lot of money and we believe we were able to steward all of the finances responsibly. We ended up importing paint, flooring, and insulation from the USA as it was much cheaper than buying in Japan. This was a tremendous blessing but also filled with many complications. Our customs broker in Japan was very unhelpful and it took us three weeks to get our container after it arrived in Japan. Thankfully, everything passed and was permitted into the country! There were many 12-14 hour days spent working on the house to get it move-in ready, and through the help and support of many we were able to move into our new home on May eighth. While there is still a lot of little things to be completed, the house is live-able and we even hosted our first Bible study with high schoolers last week! Another huge blessing has been our kind neighbors, we have been welcomed into this little corner of Chiba so warmly. Just a couple of days ago we discovered that one of our neighbors has been friends with an elder at one of our sister churches here since high school! Will you join us in praising God, for His provision? Praise Him for the provision of funding through the Presbyterian Church in Japan’s bonds, and many donations from the USA! Praise Him for the many friends and family who helped to complete it (safely with no accidents or major injuries!). Praise Him for the container arriving intact! Praise Him for our kids not having to change schools and adjusting well to the new location! Please pray God would use this house to be an amazing blessing to all who spend time here. We are excited to see how God will use this space for His glory.

Racing with Friends @ Sports Day
 

Things have been moving in a great direction for our church planting team. In March we had our annual team retreat and were able to pray through and discuss vision together, while also talking about core values and how they would influence our main ministry areas. One of the biggest developments is our goal to start regular worship service in downtown Chiba in the Spring of 2018. Please pray for our preparation and unity as we begin to discuss the details of what our Sunday worship service will look like. We are so thankful for our team and the direction  God is calling us. While we are unified around a common vision, many on our team are also struggling. Please pray for God to draw those people close to Himself as they process culture shock, physical illness, far away family members who are seriously ill, as well as personal and financial difficulties. Life is full of challenges, and opportunities to trust our heavenly Father.Please pray that through His spirit we would stay faithful. We have also added a full-time intern, Keisuke, who is helping with college ministry, coordinating events through our local community and various odd jobs. We have recently been encouraged to hear he and his wife’s heart to attend seminary. They hope to get more extensive training before returning to full-time ministry in Japan. Join with us in prayer for God to bless his preparation and application process to seminary.

Team Meeting Working on Name and Logo Ideas

We also have new team members! The Ueki family arrived back in Japan on May 19th after spending the last two years in Boston for continued theological training. Our team leader John and I have been talking with Shohei over the last year about the opportunity to join our team to start a church in Chiba city. From the beginning our plan and vision has been to plant alongside a Japanese pastor who would co-lead, co-pastor the church long-term. Shohei has a deep passion to share Jesus with those in Chiba city and we are excited and blessed that we can partner together. One of their greatest needs at the moment is finding a house. The day after they arrived, they looked at three different houses but none were good options. They are eager to get into a new house and get settled to begin ministry. Pray that God would provide a house suitable for their needs and ministry in the center of Chiba city. Please also pray for their transition back into life in Japan.

The Ueki Family (Shohei, Sawako, John, Jay, Yuzuri, Joe)

We also want to ask for prayer for our team leader, John Evans and his family. Their entire family has struggled over the last two years with a parasite that has left them physically drained and exhausted on many days. This has specifically affected his wife Rose in the worst way. They are currently in Australia seeking medical options to eliminate the parasites without causing too much disruption to their bodies. Please pray for their healing and that all parasites in their bodies would be wiped out. Pray that their time in Australia would be restful and that they would return to Japan refreshed. Please pray for our team, as a few of us try and cover John’s responsibilities and lead the team while he is away. 

John and Rose Evans
Thank you for your continued partnership in the gospel, as we share the hope and love of Jesus with the people of Japan. Let us know how we can be praying for you!
 
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Email: chasesjapan@gmail.com

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100% of One Time Expenses Met
95% of Monthly Expenses Met 

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