Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry & Building Update - June 2018



In America, Memorial Day weekend has passed and from the pictures on Facebook it looks like summer is in full swing.  In Japan, summer break doesn’t start until end of July so we are actually ramping up for one of our busy seasons.  We have several summertime events through our English program such as a summer barbeque and an English day camp on top of our regular ministry that will keep us busy. Fortunately, a group of twelve will be coming in July to help with these events and other parts of our ministry. Also, this past week we met with two vision trip teams and were able to share our ministry with people who have a heart for Japan and are seeking to serve here. Please pray that God would raise up many workers to come help with the ministry in Japan.

In the midst of this my grandmother’s health has slowly been deteriorating and I realized if I was to go back I needed to go before the craziness of July.  Thankfully, because of our saved miles I was able to book a ticket for this Wednesday and will head back to America for two weeks.  Cathalain will be staying in Japan with the kids so please pray for her.  Pray as I will spend one week with my family in Virginia, and one week at our home in Florida. I haven’t been back home in about 2 ½ years so it will be good to see family and friends again. I will be preaching on both of the Sundays that I am home in both Lexington, VA and Lakeland, FL, so please pray that God would bless those messages.

"Expanding Space for an Expanding Ministry"
Pastor Aoki was able to negotiate down the price of the building.  It isn’t as low as we hoped, but we are grateful the owner agreed to drop the price.  The next step is to negotiate the contract.  We made a new brochure for the building campaign and ask that if you have not pledged yet you would consider pledging towards this one time project.  We are looking to raise $250,000 from American sources and have approximately $125,000 in pledges.  Please pray how you can be a part of expanding God’s Kingdom through this one time project and please email any pledges to (Did you know if every family unit on our mailing list gave $1,000 we would have close enough to purchase the entire building!)

This next week the Shiga Elders in partnership with Japan Presbyterian Mission will be sending letters to the entire Presbyterian Church in Japan asking for donations and bond commitments.  From where we sit now it seems impossible, but we have seen God work in incredible ways and we know that although man feels limited in resources God has infinite resources. As Hudson Taylor said, “There are commonly three stages in the work of God. First, impossible, then difficult, then done!”

We are so thankful for the encouragement of you all and covet your prayers as we balance a busy summer along with this building campaign! 

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth & Maddie Carter

“For we live by faith, not by sight." – 2 Corinthians 5:7

Prayer Requests
  • Pray for the building campaign.  Pray God will raise up the necessary finances to purchase and renovate the building.
  • Pray for Cathalain as she will be home alone with our three children for the next few weeks and teaching most of my English classes.  Praise God for the many Japanese who are helping while I am gone and two missionaries who are helping with some of my English classes!  We are blessed to have such good community surrounding us.
  • Prayer for my sermon preparation time not only for preaching while in America, but also for the sermon I will preach when I come back from America. Pray I would be faithful to presenting Christ in the text and for the hearts of those who hear!
  • Pray for travel mercies and quality time with my family and friends while back in America.
  • Pray for our upcoming July.  Pray for the many events and various short term teams who have already come and are coming to help serve in Japan.  Pray God would use these trips to advance the work we are doing on the field and raise up more workers for the harvest in Japan and thoroughout the world.

  • June 5, 12, 19, 26 – English Classes at YWCA/Seminary
  • June 6  – Michael Leaves for America
  • June 7, 14, 21, 28 – Shiga English Classes (Adult (Michael) & 3 Kid Classes (Cathalain))
  • June 8 – Kid’s Club
  • June 10 - Michael Preaching at Grace Presbyterian in Lexington, VA
  • June 13, 27 - Hug Hug Kid's Club
  • June 17 - Michael Preaching at Covenant Presbyterian in Lakeland, FL
  • June 18 – Pastor's Meeting
  • June 22 - Michael Returns from America
  • June 24 – Presbytery Wide Choral/Hymn Sing
  • June 29 – Cooking Class
  • July 1 - Michael Preaching at Shiga Church
This past week the pre-school did an earthquake drill.  Remarkably the kids were amazing!
This past week Tobin's school had their annual Field Day.  He was excited that his friend had the same sweat towel.  Go Dragons! (The Dragon's are Nagoya's Pro Baseball Team.)
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