Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry & Building Update - August 2018

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Joy of Japan Center
In July the Christ Bible Seminary hosted a conference featuring Paul Tripp for two days in Nagoya and one day in Tokyo.  The conference aligned with the launching of the Joy of Japan Center which, “seeks to help and provide support and resources to church planters in growing the number of places that Jesus may be worshiped.” I had the privilege of being the prayer coordinator for the event and was encouraged to see a great turnout at the Nagoya event. We are excited to see how God will use this center to support church planting and revitalization throughout Japan.
 
Welcome Virginians 
Soon after the CBI conference we welcomed a team of 11 Virginians from the Blacksburg/Christiansburg areas. This is the first year we have ever exclusively hosted a team for our ministry.  Despite a record breaking heat wave the team always were smiling and always working hard.  They were put to work right away at our Annual English BBQ and then three days of English Camp, which is similar to VBS.  Although the work was exhausting day in and out the kids who participated had a great time and we received wonderful feedback from the moms.  Every day the kids had music, games, crafts, and study time.  During the study time they heard a Gospel presentation in Japanese from our intern.  This year we were blessed with three talented musicians who worked hard to prepare the kids for their performance day. It was quite moving to see the kids singing Gospel truths and we pray for all the seeds planted.  99% of the kids in Cathalain’s English classes participated and the rest of the slots were filled with new kids.
 
After camp finished on Wednesday the team had a free day and a day spending time in church member’s homes learning more about Japan culture.  In their free time many helped with Shiga Church’s Summer Festival preparations.  This year we had 75 kids, 32 parents and 26 volunteers.  (Half of the team ended up helping in Nisshin at their festival!)
 
As I write this update the team is in Kyoto spending the night.  After a day of touring in Kyoto they will head home on Tuesday night.  Although we are a little worn out we are overwhelmed with thanksgiving for how well this team came alongside our ministry, loved on our kids, loved on our church and English kids and served so faithfully. We are excited to see the ways God used this team in the years to come and how the team members grew their experience here!
 
“Expanding Space for an Expanding Ministry”
Thank you all for your continued prayers for our building project. We met with the realtors last week and agreed to sign the contract and put a down payment for the building in September.  Then if there are no problems after the inspection we will pay the remaining balance in October.  We hope to start renovations immediately and move in either in January or February.
 
We completed the packet to send to our Japanese partners and launched our campaign in our Presbytery.  In two weeks we have raised approximately $70,000 out of the $400,000 we seek to raise in Japan.  On Tuesday we leave for our denomination’s retreat, which is held every five years, and our elders will be presenting at a general session about our project.  We will then launch our campaign nationwide.
 
On the American side we now only have $68,000 needed out of the $250,000 we seek to raise.  We are so thankful for your generosity! If you have not yet pledged please consider praying about how you can be involved in helping us expand the ministry out from Shiga into our downtown area.

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter

“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all." – 1 Chronicles 29:11
Website: www.cartersan.com (Pictures from BBQ/English Camp are updated on our blog!)

Video from Camp
Japanese Pamphlet
Japanese Singing "God Bless You" Before the Team Left for Kyoto

Prayer Requests
  • Pray for the building campaign.  Pray God will raise up the necessary finances to purchase and renovate the building. Praise God we were able to send out packets to churches in our Presbytery.  Pray as our elders share at the denomination retreat from July 31-August 2 and we launch a nationwide campaign.
  • Praise God for a wonderful team from Virginia.  Pray as they return home Tuesday, July 31 for safe travels.  Pray God would harvest the many seeds they planted!
  • Pray as I will be preaching tomorrow August 19 at Nisshin Church and August 26 at Shiga Church.
  • In August we have very few church activities.  Pray as we try to rest and recoup from a very hectic July.  Pray for our family vacation from August 7-11 near Mt. Fuji and then as we do a Staycation at the end of the month. Pray Pastor Aoki would rest well and be refreshed to start second semester.
  • Pray as Michael will be getting away with other missionary men for an overnight from August 23-24. Pray this would be a time of encouragement and refreshment for these men in ministry.

Calendar
  • July 31-August 2 - Denomination Retreat (Happens every five years)
  • August 7-11 - Vacation Near Mt. Fuji
  • August 19 - Preaching at Nisshin
  • August 23-24 - Men's Overnight
  • August 26 - Preaching at Shiga
  • August 28 & 30 - YWCA Classes Start Up
English Day Camp - Under the Parachute during Game Time
The First Part of the Team from Blacksburg/Christiansburg
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