Missions Moment – Japan

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John and Eriko Houlette, Three Streams Ministries

HH at a Glance

  • – Eriko and I have driven 2600 ministry-related miles during the past seven weeks in addition to flying out to Boston, MA and Charlotte, NC. Thank you for praying. I have enjoyed using a new suitcase with my Kumamon (bear monster) baggage tag from Kumamoto, Kyushu!
  • – We had a comprehensive debriefing at the SIM home office in Charlotte in early August. We also had some relaxing vacation time in Boston and Monterey, CA.
  • – We have visited 12 churches and several individual supporters since July 12th.  I will visit Valley Baptist in Merced 9/3, Tenth Church, Vancouver, BC on 9/10, Bridges Community on 9/12 and First Baptist Turlock on 9/17. I return to Japan on 9/19.
  • – My dad is doing better.  I have visited him three times.  Prayer and In-N-Out burgers have kept him going! Eriko’s mom enjoys her assisted-living apartment.
  • – Of course we have enjoyed playing with our grandsons, Oscar and Arlo.  They turn three next week.
  • – The church planting team at Hokushin Calvary, continues to meet monthly.
  • – Starting a special project for a sports court at Hokushin Calvary.

 

An Opportunity to Invest in the Youth of Fukushima

I  continue to be amazed at how God works through adversity and showers His grace upon us to make a way for his will to be done.  Hokushin Calvary Church is a resilient church.  The Bible is taught to all ages, believers encourage one another and they reach out to the community with the gospel.  Hokushin is planting a church next year.  Fear of radiation and compassion fatigue have not dampened their hope and joy.

The church has a vision to reach the youth of Fukushima city.  They are building a multipurpose sports court on their property for soccer and basketball, to encourage the thriving youth group at church and to reach young people in the community with the hope of the gospel.

Many churches in Japan have few youth in attendance, but for Hokushin, over 25% of their attendees are under 20. Six years after the triple disaster, children are able to go outside, but the emotional trauma of facing an unseen threat, radiation, has been difficult. The youth prepare lunch for the entire church once a month to raise funds for this project and have received $1000 so far.  They need our help. Would you consider partnering with the church to fulfill their dream?  You can send funds to us below, and put “Hokushin Sports Court,” in the memo line.  This would be a great project for the youth in your church.  We have a video produced by the youth, that details this project.  Please send me an email if you would like to view it.

 

MINISTRY OF PRAYER

  1. That I would be a blessing to those I meet during the last three weeks of this Home Assignment.
  2. For all the needed funds for the Hokushin Sport Court Special Project to come in.
  3. For good life and ministry rhythms for Pastor Kuba at Hokushin Calvary Church.
  4. For direction for the new church plant.
  5. For the health of Eriko’s mom and my father.