Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Check out these logo's... man, the brother who designed them is super gifted... (I'm not telling you who, cuz then my secret designer will be out). Praise God as He continues to bless the Silva Family in Iwakuni. Thank you for your prayers. God opened the door for them to use the house for a church even after they move. Continue to pray, Mike reports they are running out of room for all the folks that God has brought! God is good. www.calvaryiwakuni.com
Pictured on the bottom is Chihiro Kinoshita. Chihiro came to us from Calvary Kokubunji (Pastor Chizuo Sakurai in Tokyo), and has been with us this past year. It has been a real blessing for many of us and we will miss him dearly. Chihiro is moving back to Tokyo and will be joining the "Bridges for Peace" Japanese ministry outreach to Israel. Chihiro lived in Israel for 3 years and speaks Hebrew. On Friday night, he shared his testimony at the Awase Baptist Church and Yoko, Yumi, Chihiro and myself enjoyed a time of fellowship afterwards with the body there. Please pray for him and this new venture of faith that God has provided.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Please pray for Mike Silva and his family. About 9 months ago, God sent them out from CCOki to start a work in Iwakuni. Since then, God has been doing a neat work there as Mike and his family hold bible study service in their home. There might be an opportunity for them to move on base and continue to use their house for services and outreach to the Japanese community. They will start mid-week meetings in June! Pray for that too!
Please pray for wisdom and guidance and God's favor regarding the house. Pictured above is Mike on the train in Tokyo at this past Japan Leaders Conference and below Mike looks like a little kid next to Pastor Bill Stonebreaker (CC Honolulu)!
Tonight, after our Wednesday evening service, we had a dessert potluck in our fellowship building (aka "Pre-fabernacle" as some like to call it). Tamiko opted for fruit:) It is always a great time when the body of Christ gets together for fellowship. Truly it was a sweet time.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Every Friday night, CC Okinawa's high school youth group meets for an uplifting time in the Word of God, worship, fellowship and just plain fun! This past Friday, they held a "Faith Factor" night (spoofing Fear Factor). The kids had a blast and so did the youth leaders! Check out their video from Faith Factor night at http://totallycommittedone.blogspot.com
It was a great day blessed by God! This past Saturday, we held a huge rummage sale for the Velarde Family. We had so much stuff! - everyone at the church was great to donate many, many things. We wanted to bless the Velarde's as they prepare to move to Italy as missionaries. It is exciting to see what God is doing in and through the lives of His people. As we stepped out in faith to have the sale here at church- God showed up BIG TIME! It was suppose to rain with thunder storms- but God reigns! It was a beautiful sunny day with so many folks that came by. We not only got to sell stuff cheap to bless the community but we had opportunity to minister as well. One family even purchased stuff with cucumbers! God is good!
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Rhythm Unity 2006 is coming!
Join us as we plan and pray for this wonderful and unique outreach to both Okinawa and American break-dancers.
Pray for Tim as he heads up the planning again this year.
We're planning to return to Okinawa Civic Hall and share the love of Jesus Christ with all!
Mark your calendars! July 15th, Saturday - 3pm to 9pm.
This year's theme, "One Love"
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
We were blessed to be able to join with various Calvary Chapel pastors and missionaries on mainland Japan this past week. A small group of us traveled up for the 2 day conference. Yumi & Tamiko are pictured practicing for worship with Travis (CC Tokorozawa) and Jeremiah (CC Modesto missionary). Jason Stead from La Habra gave a great word! (top picture) Please continue to pray for the people of Japan, the work of God and for us here in Okinawa!
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
Franklin Graham is coming to Okinawa in November 2006. In preparation for this wonderful, evangelistic event, a group of pastors and military chaplains are helping to get things organized. Please pray for us. We have been asked to head up the Youth Committee to help mobilize the International Youth of Okinawa! We covet your prayers!
Every Saturday morning, the men gather for prayer and for bible study here at church. Glenn does a great job leading the study and challenging the men through the Book of Judges. This past week, he led worship for the first time! It was a great time of worship, fellowship and the Word! Continue to pray for Glenn and his family!