Recent Updates from the Chases in Japan

Matt and Carly Chase

Fall 2017

Mission To The World


"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" - Romans 8:28

Partners in the Gospel,

We are so grateful for your offerings both prayerfully and financially which enable us to minister in Japan. As ballistic missiles have been flying over our country, we are remembering God’s promise that He is working everything for our good (Rom 8:28).

Our First College Retreat!

College ministry has been in full swing this fall, starting with our college retreat. We enjoyed taking the students up to one of our favorite places in Japan, Nojiri Lake. Our purpose was to retreat to the mountains to fellowship, have fun, worship the Lord, and refresh all of our souls with the gospel. We originally had twelve students who had committed to come,in the end we had seven students join us. We trust that God sovereignly brought the students who needed to come. This was apparent as our group times were intimate and three students who were really struggling with future decisions all shared how the weekend was a huge encouragement to them. One girl particularly is praying about quitting her full-time job to pursue a ministry in the church and came to us and shared how much she was struggling with the decision. For her, the retreat came at the perfect time to pray, listen and worship the Lord and commit that big decision to Him. I was also able to get to know some of the young men I will be discipling this fall. 


We have also started a bi-lingual Bible study that meets every week. Last week I met two international students who are Christian, one from the US, and one from Indonesia. Both are thrilled that we have a Bible study in English and are excited to bring their non-Christian friends to hear about Jesus. Please pray for me, as I serve out of weakness to translate into Japanese. Please pray for the Christians to be edified, and for the hearts of non-Christians who are coming, to know God’s great love and His plan for redemption, even in their lives!! 


There are some happy and sad changes happening in our Chiba City team over the next few months. As many of you already know, we have been praying for our team leader, John and his family, specifically their health. His wife Rose in particular has been struggling with a gut parasite, blastocystis. This has resulted in many days of extreme fatigue where she can’t even get out of bed. After the last eighteen months of treatment and prayer and no end in sight to recovery, their sending organization (Australia Presbyterian World Mission) has deemed it necessary to call them back to Australia. It breaks our hearts to lose this dear family. They have become so much more than co-laborers in the gospel, but dear friends. Please pray for the Evans family as they wrap up their time here in Japan, and return to Australia in January 2018. Please pray for their family and our church planting team as we process sadness, disappointment, and grief. Please pray for their transition, for John to find a good job where he can still care for Rose’s needs well. Pray for our team as we reassess our timeline for launching worship services in 2018, share the leadership responsibilities without John here, and search for another team leader.

The Evans Family

We are also sad, and yet happy, for another family on our team. Keisuke and Bethany Idota will be leaving our team in December to begin study at Covenant Theological Seminary. We are sad to lose them, but are encouraged that God has worked in Keisuke's heart to show him the importance of being equipped for gospel ministry through seminary. I can clearly see God’s grace and plan at work, as I remember asking Keisuke early on in my discipleship time with him to read something, to which he replied “I don’t really enjoy reading”! Keisuke knows he will have a lot of reading in seminary! His plan is to finish seminary, and get ordained in the PCA, raise support, and rejoin our team in another four or five years. For me, this is one of the biggest reasons I am in Japan- to help raise and train up men for ministry. Please pray for Keisuke and Bethany as they prepare to leave Japan and transition to life in the U.S. Pray God would raise all their needed finances for seminary costs, and daily expenses. Pray that God would use our ministry in Chiba City to raise up and send many more men and women into full-time ministry.

Keisuke and Bethany Idota

We continue to meet every other week with the CCSI High schoolers, for good food, fellowship, bible study and prayer. In the midst of much change and transition, something that has characterized our eight years in Japan, this one thing has remained a constant. Although Friday night often finds us feeling tired and unprepared for our time, we are constantly delighted to find that God shows up in our weakness. He shows His love and care for the high schoolers and to us. His spirit is faithful to lead us in conversation that addresses heart issues and directs us to prayer where we can entrust the heavy lifting to the only one who is truly able. I (Carly) was reminded of this again the other week when one of the students told me how thankful she was for our times, that it always met her where she was and how our studies applied to struggles and lessons she was going through. We are so thankful for these young believers and how they bless us and remind us of the author and perfecter of our faith. He who called us is faithful! (1 Thessalonians 5:24)

Thank you for praying for us. Please keep us updated how we can be praying for you and your family as well.

Matt and Carly and boys

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