Japan welcomes cooler weather and changing foliage as the season transitions into autumn The Field is experiencing a busy season with new missionaries starting formal language and culture studies and their children starting school. Please continue to pray with us for wisdom and rest.
Japan Field Director (FD)
Pray for the deputy FD’s refreshment after he finishes covering for the role. Give thanks for progress on the Church Planting Strategy Review report write up. Also give thanks for a brother who prayed to receive Jesus during the FD’s outreach in Fukushima! Pray for the local church pastor who will be following up with him.
Iai Girls Middle and High School & Hakodate Nozomi Church
Please pray for one of our missionaries as she travels to Okinawa on the school trip from 2nd-6th October. She will oversee the students’ chapel time. Please pray for a safe and fun time for all the students and staff, that they would grow closer to God and each other through the trip.
Personnel Sector Leader
Please continue to pray for various tricky personnel related situations on the Field. The Sector Leader will go to Singapore from 5th-14th October – pray for good visits with people and churches, and for a helpful Personnel Manager and Member Care Consultation.
Member Care Advisor
Pray for all OMF Japan members, as many undergo transitions to or from Japan, or anticipate upcoming changes. May all members know God’s clear direction and His peace in the process. Pray especially for those on the Field Leadership Team and at the Japanese Language & Culture Center as they particularly face challenges in this area.
TCK (Third Culture Kid) Advisor Team
Continue to pray for all the TCKs in transition at the moment, both those new to the field and those going on or coming back from Home Assignment; and pray for families seeking to make education decisions for their children, especially as they move into secondary school.
Give thanks that the team is connecting with more new returnees and pray for good relationships to develop. Pray for fruitful networking with those doing outreach to Japanese people overseas through the Diaspora Returnees Ministry Field Conference (3rd-9th October). Pray for spiritual hunger for the Tuesday morning online group. Some new women are coming along who have no Bible knowledge – pray for understanding. Pray for each returnee in their journey of faith, whether they are exploring faith or maturing in faith.
We thank the Lord for a new Serve Asia Worker joining the Nakayoshi team and homeless ministries; pray for him as he settles into Japan. People at the Yoyogi Park homeless ministry celebrated three baptisms (10th September) – please pray for the newly baptised brothers and sisters to continue walking with Christ.
Connect – Green Line Community
The team is grateful to have fellowship with a Japanese woman. Please pray for blessing when a missionary reads the Bible with her. Pray for the various seekers and Christians the team is trying to connect with, that some would return to faith and church life and others would seek to be baptised this coming Christmas.
Matsudo International House Church & Community Outreach
Pray for our missionary in this church as she prepares for home assignment in November, for good management of ministry closures and good ministry transition, that those in her network would feel settled.
Social Media Team
Social media: Give thanks that the team leader was able to return to Japan in early September. Pray: 1) That the October content about “Nature in Japan” will inspire and challenge the audiences. 2) That God would guide all who create content for social media posts. 3) For a member in the team who is preparing to move from Hokkaido to Kanto soon.
Japan Harvest: Give thanks for the team’s annual planning meeting in September, for good team spirit and teamwork. Pray for the upcoming issues on ‘Arts and Ministry’, and ‘Ministry in an Aging Society’, that the team will have quality content that will inspire, encourage, and equip missionaries in Japan.