Expression of Emmanuel: Community Outreach
One of my favorite things about living in Japan is sharing a little bit of where we live with visitors. As I said above, Steve and Vonda Hamilton from Expression of Emmanuel came to Tokyo to go to a special clinic here and get medication as a part of recovery from cancer. However, if you know the Hamilton's, you know they take every opportunity to share the love of Christ to whomever they can reach as a part of their ministry to the Deaf. They made many connections with the Deaf community here in Japan, despite the language barriers, both English/Japanese, and American Sign/Japanese Sign language barriers! It was awesome to watch them use whatever God gave them to share His love.
One way Vonda was able to reach out to the Japanese was as the guest speaker at my cooking class this month. We made walnut strawberry brownies (eaten too quickly, so no picture to share, haha), and she shared with the ladies in my class through translation how nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, not even deafness. She shared the Gospel boldly with a woman, we will call her M. M has been attending both my cooking classes and the English Bible studies that Travis and Tim hold once a week. Travis noted that of all the Bible study attendees, M seems the most interested with the message of the Bible, not just the English practice. Please pray for M as we continue to reach out to her.
At our Bible studies and cooking classes, we have had a few moms express interest in bringing kids with them to practice English. I have been thinking about starting something, like a Mommy and Me English time, or a Kid friendly cooking class to better reach those ladies. Please pray with us as we consider this opportunity.