April is a busy month around in Japan, with students starting new classes, employees starting new jobs, and families moving to new houses. In OMF, we welcome new colleagues, who have been waiting to come to Japan for the past two years. Please pray with us as a new academic and financial year begins.
fmZERO & KGK
Praise that the camps over the holidays went well, and students were challenged and encouraged. Pray that each will be faithful in walking close to Jesus and make choices that glorify Him daily. Pray for new students to come to events, and that many will want to learn about the Christian faith and seek God. Pray also that new students will see Christ through our groups. This month’s event is scheduled for 23rd April; pray for a good turnout and open hearts.
Sendai Student Focus (SSF)
Praise God that an OMF Associate member was finally able to come to Japan and join the SSF team. Pray for her as she settles into her new environment. Pray for increased opportunities to meet with university students in this new academic year.
Finance & Administration Sector Leader
Please pray for: 1) the Finance Committee’s review of OMF Japan’s holiday homes; 2) wisdom in how we use the funds the Lord has entrusted to us; 3) the finance team’s travel to Hokkaido from 11th-14th April; and 4) the review of our Japanese accounts by our auditor and their subsequent submission to the government.
Praise God that the Candidate Coordinator was finally able to return to Japan. Pray as they settle in and set up – particularly to find a suitable apartment and medical support. Pray for management of candidate applications and communications during the transition period. Pray also for good relationships as they also start connecting with returnees.
Hiragishi Izumi Church
Praise the Lord that one of their seekers has become a Christian! Please pray for her new life as a believer and her family’s salvation. Give thanks too for a Christian man joining as a church member this month. Please pray for one of their members, as he begins a new role as a deacon. Please pray that the church would know the wonder and glory of God’s work in and through them, and that they would more and more keep in step with the Spirit.
Please pray for the group of non-Christians that regularly join Nakayoshi for services and Bible studies.
Tokyo Center Church (TCC)
Give thanks for many newcomers at TCC. Please pray for Bible studies with two seekers. Pray for the small groups and kids’ ministry program.
Hanamaki Megumi Church
Due to the local State of Emergency in Iwate, many people have chosen to attend services on Zoom and their fellowship meeting has also moved online. Please pray that, despite these challenges, the church can maintain strong fellowship. A new missionary family is arriving in May and looking for a house. Please pray for the right house, in the right location, at the right time.
Hirosaki Nozomi Church
Pray for God’s protection and blessing on the church during the leader’s three-month Home Assignment. Pray for God’s sustaining of our Serve Asia Workers as they take on responsibility for weekday ministry, and for God to speak through the Sunday preachers. Praise for a baptism in March and give thanks that the new member’s family attends each week. Pray that his wife and three boys would come to know Jesus as well. Pray for another baptism on 3rd April. Pray for the Passover Meal (16th April), and Easter Breakfast and Easter Worship (17th April).
Sendai Evangelical Christian Church
Pray for evangelism at: Gamo on 7th, 14th and 17th April; Yamamoto on 21st April and Yuriage on 16th April. Please also pray for children’s evangelism on 10th April. Please pray for giving to increase, so that the church can buy a place to worship and support a pastor.
Sendai Izumi Park Town Church
Praise God that three ladies have begun an evangelistic study of John’s Gospel. May God enlighten their hearts and grant them faith. The church is preparing to resume in-person worship in April. Pray for wisdom, health, peace of mind, and unity as people return. One lady has pulled back from fellowship and won’t say why; pray for God to work in her heart. Pray for believers to be a good witness at home, as they interact with unsaved family members.