There are way too many blessings to fully recount here, but some highlights are:
THURSDAY- New horizons, strong connections, Kingdom business
We split our team of 20 into two groups to conduct two BBQs at the same time in Ishinomaki- the larger team reached the multi-story low income apartment complex area, the smaller team repeated last week's outreach event at the evacuation center where we have a strong relationship.
|The apartment complex park area, once a site where dead bodies floated in tsunami waters, now sacred ground claimed in the name of Jesus.|
|The apartment complex team prays before setup begins.|
|At the same time, the second team reached the evacuation center, at which a BBQ had been conducted the previous week, and we were invited back to bless them again.|
|The evac center BBQ team begins their prep with prayer, as well.|
|Cooking commences at the apartment complex. 100 kilograms of beef and vegetables were prepared and served to eager recipients.|
|While waiting, the crowds heard praises to Jesus through continuous worship, as well as direct gospel presentations in between worship sets.|
|Back at the evac center, the smaller team prepared 30 kilograms of chicken and beef.|
|Evac center residents waited patiently in line to receive their food, and many conversations cemented our relationship with this project's leaders and residents, and several Bible were distributed.|
The above give some of the bigger picture, but here are a few specific stories:
|Ben from CC Pocatello and Takahashi-san, who is the same man who told Chizuo-san a few weeks ago he wanted to know more about Christianity. Apparently he had heard enough, because he also accepted Christ this day!|
As the two teams reunited back at the apartment complex area, the blessings did not go down with the sun but instead kept going strong into the night.
FRIDAY- a ministry of internal tasks
As we prepared to return to Tokyo, Friday morning was spent wrapping things up properly, always a vital part to any short term missions trip. But what a blessing it was a blessing cement newfound friendships made this week as we labored together one more morning within our body of brothers and sisters. With our host site cleaned, our relief supplies inventories, and cooking grills cleaned and stored, we returned to Tokyo to bid bittersweet farewells to each other with a spirit which touched everyone's hearts for eternity with...gratefulness.
God bless you all. In closing this trip's chronicles, it must be stressed again how it is absolutely certain nothing could have been accomplished without your prayers of support. Thank you so much for your faithfulness to this ministry. In addition to these photos, there are a couple new videos on the youtube channel if you care to check them out, in the group at the top of the right hand column of the blog page.
Until the next time, praise the Lord!