Recent Update from the Carters in Japan

Ministry Update - June 2020



Moving On

This past week has been exhausting to say the least. We are still cautiously living life with Covid-19 still looming overhead, we feel grief and anger over the abuse of power we see in the news, we fear the looting and anger we see exploding all around us, we grieve with a friend, a young mother, who has been diagnosed with cancer and been through two surgeries this week, we helped my parents begin their move from the home that has always been one of our few “safe” places and now the car is packed and we’re headed down to Florida to start our second chapter of an HMA that has been anything but usual. In the midst of it all it is easy to be overwhelmed, and yet we take comfort in the same message that we have been called to reach the Japanese with. We cling to Isaiah 41 knowing our God is good, he controls all, and he cares so much about us that he is always with us. Amidst the grief, sorrow, uneasiness and unknown, we have hope because of Christ and we long for his quick return. We pray for you too in this time of unrest that you too would cling to the hope we have in Christ!

Ministry Happenings

Though we are physically far away from the work in Japan, God has been gracious to allow us to continue in ministry. I was able to preach for a virtual church service in Charlottesville and able to record a sermon for our church in Japan to use. I’ve also been able to join a group of missionaries and pastors in the Japanese denomination we partner with to reconnect and begin to once again open up dialogue about how missionaries can be of best support to these Japanese churches. 

Cathalain has been able to work with teachers in Japan and after a lot of work and a few night waking up in the middle of the night due to the time difference has launched Shiga Church and the Church Plant’s English program online.  We have two members from our church teaching seven classes and Cathalain teaches one class each week. Cathalain has received many personal messages from moms thanking the church for loving their children this way. I was also able to gather with some students in my Adult class via Zoom. We are thankful to God for all these opportunities!

We appreciate your faithful prayers, calls and words of encouragement. We do hope to visit with you soon in person!

Michael, Cathalain, Tobin, Elisabeth, Maddie & Abigail Carter


”You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:9-10




Prayer Requests

    •    Pray for peace throughout the world. Pray for wisdom for our world leaders. 

    •    Prayer for my sermon preparation time. Pray I would be faithful in 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.

    •    Pray as we still haven’t received Tobin’s and Maddie’s passport. We have contacted the State Department and although they have them, they won’t give us a timeline For when we will receive them. Pray once we receive them we can quickly apply for Maddie’s new visa. Pray for wisdom on timing of when to return to Japan. 

    •    Pray as we begin our time in Florida. Pray we would safely to be able to connect with so many we long to see and be with. Pray for my preaching. Pray for the kid’s adjustment to a new home. Pray for the many doctors appointments we have lined up.

    •    Praise God Tobin was able to have a reading assessment. We also were able to all go to the dentist and have the needed dental work done! Pray we can continue to schedule routine health checkups and be seen by the various doctors we need to see. 

Last week was the annual Japan Presbyterian Mission meeting. This is the Japanese Religious corporation created in partnership with MTW to be able to buy property in Japan, apply for visa, etc. Typically everyone gathers in Chiba, but this year we virtually gathered via Zoom!
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