A life and ministry update:

« April & May 2019 »

Spring, spring, spring!~♪♫♪~

For my fellow musical fans, the above title should be sung like the song of the same title from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers:). Hello friends! We've had a nice mild spring; we've been spending our time enjoying the outdoors as much as we can before the hot summer and as well as making an effort to meet with friends and acquaintances sometimes to encourage, sometimes to disciple, and sometimes to deeper relationships in an effort to share the gospel. Visiting is sometimes a stretch for these two introverts, but we never regret putting in the energy and effort.

Our May cooking class. I am really enjoying our monthly classes. This month we are hosting another English language exchange program, and I am praying that we will have other people interested in joining our classes.
One such person we've been making an effort to disciple is our friend, we'll call her T. If you could all remember her in your prayers. We have been getting to know T and her daughters as they have been coming to church for several years now, and recently she expressed the desire to be baptized. She is a very shy person, and she's hesitating to be immersed on her own. She is hoping to wait until her oldest daughter is ready to be baptized. Please pray for her to be encouraged to "work out [her] own salvation with fear and trembling", as we are all encouraged to do in the scripture, (Phil. 2:12). Pray for her to count the cost, and follow God's leading for her own decision. We don't want to coerce her into a decision, we want to walk alongside her as she considers the call to Christ.

Some of you may remember in February we shared about M, who attends our English Bible study and cooking class. She has continued to attend, and was also able to come to the Kids VBS program that the visiting college students put on in March. I was overjoyed to hear that she shared in the English Bible study that her kids have been singing Hillsong's, "Happy Day" since they learned that song at the VBS program. What a beautiful thing for those children in their innocence to be filling their house with praise! 
The month of May is for Maye! She has just turned one, and we can't believe how fast that first year went. She's blossoming into her own silly, curious, independent personality. She loves to try to keep up with big sister. She just popped her first tooth through, and is finally sprouting some hair. Tonight she took on the whole flight of stairs by herself, and she couldn't have been prouder of her accomplishment. We are so blessed and thankful to have her in our family.
At the end of April is the end of the Japanese school year, and during their school break the country celebrates the "Golden Week" national holidays. This year, Emperor Akihito abdicated the throne, and to celebrate the new Emperor Naruhito, the government extended the Golden Week holidays to a whopping 10 days. Many people took the opportunity to travel, and enjoy the extended time off. Machida Church of Christ and some of our sister churches took part in a Golden Week retreat at Shinshu Bible Camp in the mountains of Nagano prefecture. The retreat was meant to be a time of fellowship and refreshing. We had several families from our church attend who also had young kids, so it was a wonderful time for the kids to play and enjoy being out of the city, and for adults to fellowship, and relax a bit.
The last evening of camp the ministers and missionaries got together to discuss the future of the church of Japan. Please pray with us as we foresee the church aging and not enough young Japanese leaders coming in to sustain church growth. We know that we are not in control, and that God has a plan, and His Word will not come back empty. Pray for us to be faithful as we follow His lead in teaching and discipling, in raising up Japanese leaders, and recruiting others to join us on the field of missions in Japan.

As always my friends, thank you for showing up. Thank you for investing in our family. Until next time.

God Bless,

The Kilsons

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