A life and ministry update:

« October 2017 »

My little helper at our Wednesday meeting and workday at church.

Event-full Month

October was a full month for the Kilson family! We had many church events that we were able to assist with planning and take part in. Many of these events were churches cooperating together, and it was wonderful to see Christians from all over Japan working together. The beginning of the month we went for a two day retreat with other ministers from the Tokyo area. It was a medium sized group and it was nice to fellowship with others and take in the cool mountain air.

Naomi looked so tiny tucked in for the night in our shared futon at the ministers retreat. 
Specifically encouraging for me, (Becky), was time I had to visit with Lisa Turner and another minister's wife, Donna Aida. We had small group time to talk about the messages we heard that weekend and also time to talk with Donna about a cooking class outreach she has been doing for over 20 years. She combines a baking class with a Bible lesson once a month, and has had great success doing so. I have been planning and praying about doing something similar in Machida. Please pray for me as I plan and pray for those whom God will send our way to the classes.

This month we also attended the annual Bosai (Disaster Prevention) Festival hosted by churches in the Machida area. The idea is for general preparedness for the individual, as well as churches thinking ahead as to how they can use their facilities to help and reach out to the community in times of disaster. We had a nice time learning, enjoying a mini gospel music concert, helping our children's minister Haruka put on a kids program, and sharing lunch together. Although the highlight of the event was getting a ride in the earthquake simulator!
This month the weather has given us lots of curve balls. It went from very warm at the start of the month, to weeks of rain followed by two typhoons back to back, each falling on a Sunday. Any other day of the week and we may have stayed home, however both Sunday's Travis was preaching, so there was no option to stay home and keep dry! God kept us safe, and the worst of the storms came at night when we were all back at home, warm and dry.

One such stormy Sunday, the the fifth Sunday rally was held, and many people braved the weather and came together from sister churches to the Sannoubara church in Isehara. We had a message from Walter Maxey who traveled several hours from Southern Japan to join us for the rally. We also shared a prayer time for all the sister churches, and after we had a bento meal together.

At the rally one veteran missionary asked what our near future plans were, and if we had interest in branching out to start a ministry or church plant. We explained how inadequate we still feel in the Japanese language, which hinders us from being able to set out and navigate a new ministry without the language skill to be effective in such a position. He was understanding and even glad to hear us say as much; he reassured us that while it can be frustrating to feel as if you should be doing more, it is absolutely necessary to focus on language before trying to jump in head first. Please pray for Travis and I to be able to continue to focus on language study; we have found it difficult to have consistent study time around other things in life.
In between events this month we have continued to plan and pray about our upcoming trip to the U.S. for the International Conference On Missions (ICOM) and our family visit in Missouri. Last month we sent a special ask to our supporters, friends and family and we have had an outpouring of special gifts to fund our trip. We are beyond grateful for the generosity shown to us monthly by regular supporters, as well as those who were able to step up and give extra to us in preparation for our trip this November. You all will never know how much your giving really means to us!

Here are several things you can pray specifically for us as we travel:

1) Safe travels for our group, that all would be able to have adequate rest to endure jet lag, and stay healthy for the duration of our trip.

2) Please pray for ICOM, for the people we will meet, that many hearts will be moved for the need in Japan. We are living in a gospel desert; the verse phrase "the workers are few" is an apt description for the country of Japan. Pray also that we will be refreshed and encouraged in fellowship and learning with fellow Christians and missionaries.

3) Please pray for the time we have with our families. We are beyond blessed that the Alaskan grandparents have the means to meet us in our Midwest travels to visit. We are also so excited for Naomi to meet her Missouri family for the first time. We get to be with the Missouri Kilson family for Thanksgiving which is something we used to do every year during college and we are glad to be there again this year.

Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. Praying for all to have a blessed time this fall and Thanksgiving season.

The Kilsons
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