Missions Moment – Japan

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Ken and Bola Taylor, WorldVenture

Since Bola’s ovarian cancer diagnosis, we have cried, laughed, and at times questioned why? We know the Lord has a purpose and plan and we will continue to trust and depend on Him. We have been experiencing God’s presence and grace through your prayers, love, and support.

The Next Steps…

There have been some new developments since our last update. Because of Bola’s condition, she was referred to a bigger hospital and a different gynaecological oncologist. We met Dr. Tanaka last Friday and he is prescribing a more pro-active treatment.

Dr. Tanaka wants to start chemo therapy immediately. There is no need for biopsy surgery. The goal is to get Bola in a better condition quicker. There will be a series of chemo therapy treatments in the coming months. Dr. Tanaka hopes to have surgery in June to remove the tumor.


In Hospital…

In Japan, out patient procedures are very rare. Bola will be admitted this Monday for 4 once-a week sessions of chemo. But she will have to stay in hospital for 4 weeks. In a sense, Bola will be moving into the hospital. We spent this weekend packing. Part of Bola’s preparation is to expect hair loss due to chemo therapy. And so better get that hair cut NOW (photo)….

We also were preparing our hearts. Bola journals…

This morning I woke up & as I was praying, was suddenly besieged by a sense of anxiousness. As I did that, I cried to the Lord, “When I am afraid, I will trust in you”, words to a kids song I taught my children when they were small. Simple words of peace and safety. God reminded me of His word “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7



  • For God’s favour to cover me as I try to adjust to the Japanese medical system and be a light to so many without hope.
  • For God to calm my anxious heart when those dark moments engulf me.
  • For God to be my main focus as I face so many unknowns ahead of me.
  • For God to enfold my children and Ken with the same hope and strength that we will all need this critical time.
  • For God to grant Dr. Tanaka and entire hospital staff His wisdom in my medical care.

Thanking God for you as you travel this road with us……..

Half A Recording…

Bola was supposed to record next weekend for our long awaited jazz album. Obviously she will be in hospital. So, we will go ahead and record with the band and the horn section on Saturday. Then when she is discharged at the end of the month, Bola will be able to lay her vocal track down.