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CAMPUS MINISTRY — CENTRAL JAPAN CHRISTIAN MISSION — MARK AND LYNN FRATT
CAMPUS MINISTRY ADDRESS

FORWARDING ADDRESS

FimLOUGH ADDRESS

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34o-5 Negishi
Machida City-

Rick & Lydia Coyle
;5357 Tallahassee

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Tokyo 19^» Japan
Ph. 0427-91-4600

Cincinnati, OH 45259
Ph. 51>385-9247

Williamstown, KY 41097
Ph. 606-824-5552

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c/o Hubert Lushy

Volume 27, February I985
Dear friends,

We are enjoying this semester at K.C.C. Since the ■
two classes I teach are in the missions department, I naturally meet the students who are most

And^I^like having the ch^ce to urge^them on in

interested in missions. Their zeal is inspiring. ^

Almost every Sun^a;^^has been ^ busy.^ Since we last

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lynn's health continues to improve. However, she still is not up to even a "normal"
schedule—much less the rigors and stress of life in Japan. We have been strictly wcu-ned
not to return too soon or the results could be disastrous. Our hope is to go back to Japan

this summer; but we must plan one day at a time.

I realize now that we were on the road

to insfiuiity with our previous daily routine. Drastic changes will need to be made to carve
our schedule down to "workable." PRAY for my strength and wisdom.

A major factor as far as Lynn is concerned is the kids* schooling.

Our choices are:

1) sending them to the military base school at $4400 per year per child; 2) finding an
intern who will raise her own support and come to teach; 5) Lynn teach them with correspondence

course and hire household help; 4) find an American in Japan (military wife?) who will teach
for a minimal salary. Perhaps some of you mo-thers who send your kids off to school without
a second thought will make this a MATTER OP PRAYER.

We do thank all of you who have shown concern and encouragement to us during this time!

I The 1982 financial reports have been sent. If you did not receive one and would

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Meanwhile, back in Japan . . .
Penny Boggs continues to hold the fort for us. Penny, a K.C.C, graduate, is a new missionary
to Japan, We were content just to have Penny house-sit, because we knew she'd be busy ad
justing to life in Japan and going to language school. But, on top of this, she agreed to
teach some of our English and English-Bible classes as well as help with Sunday duties.
One of the high school girls wrote to us in English: "Don't worry. We are having church
service exactly every Sunday,"

Who could ask for more than that!

Penny isn't sure what her future plans are. But she'll probably stay in Machida where
we are, at least till she finishes language school,

I'm sure Penny would appreciate cards

and notes of encouragement,

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Mr. Hasumi (back left) operates a

home. He invited Penny (next to Mr, H.)

Penny loves Christmas, She
admits going wild with decorations,
baking, and programs. Pictured are

to meet his students.

some of our Machida church members

tutoring school for English at his
Mr, Hasumi

has attended Bible classes for years;

and visitors at the Christmas

but he has never made a decision.
EEIAY FOR MR, HASUMX,

sukiyaki party.

People often ask us: "How do you like it over th^re?" To put this question in a light
and purely physical aspect, here are the kids' responses. Karis: In Tokyo I can ride my
bike to lots of parks that are close by. And in America I have snow to play in, Cason:
Japan is better cause at McDonald's you can get Egg McMuffin any time of the day. But in
America we can have steak and roast beef sometimes,

Clinton.

In Japan I can see Grandma

and Grandpa Pratt. In America I can see Granny and Papa Lusby,
To us the question is kind of like the question, "Have you stopped beating your wife?" It
cannot be answered in a word or two.

If we were simply choosing a place in which to live

comfortably, we'd stay right here in the good ol' U.S.A» (And so would most people who've
seen other parts of the world.) In terms of easy life we have to say, "No, we don't like it
over there," We don't like being crowded; we don't like pajring double for everything; we

don't like being away from family and friends; we don't like being "strange foreigners;"
we don't like the absence of a Christian atmosphere.

But turning the question toward the

spiritual we must answer: "Yes, we like it over there," We like being among those who are
trying to do something about Tokyo's 11 million lost; we like seeing the face of one who
has left the darkness of paganism for the light of Christianity; we like being a strength
to new Christiana who face opposition from their own people; we like the satisfaction that
comes from doing what God wants us to be doing.

Sincerely yours—and His,

/)/)

CMPUS MINISTRY — Central Japan Christian Mission — MARK AND LYNN PRATT
CAi4PUS MINISTRY AlJDKi:;SS

FORWARDING ADDRjlSS

3^0-^ Negishi
Machida City

Rick & Lydia Coyle
3357 Tallahassee

Tokyo 194, Japan
Pho 0427-91-4600

Cincinnati, OH 45239
Pho 513-385-9247

Volume 27, May I983

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PRAY FOR your mission worki

ENCOURAGE your mission workJ
FINANCE your mission work!

Dear friends,

We are glad to have been able to report to you in the States during this furlough, but
we're growing more and more "eager to preach the gospel also to" those who are in Tokyo.
Since the February newsletter we have finished up our speaking engagements by presenting
the work to: St. Louis Church of Christ, St. Louis, MICH; Westlawn Church of Christ,
Shepherd, MICH; Utica Church of Christ, Utica, OH; Hi Point Church of Christ, Bellefontaine, OH; Plainville Christian Church, Plainville, IN; Dean Ave. Christian Church,
Terre Haute, IN; Mandarin Christian Church, Jacksonville, FL; Penn Line Church of Christ,
Pierpont, OH; Conneautville Church of Christ, Conneautville, PA; Church of Christ,
Buchanan, MICH; Southview Church of Christ, South Bend, IN; Macomb Christian Church,
Sterling Hts., MICH; Greiner Ave. Church of Christ, Detroit, MICH; Attica Christian
Church, Attica, IN; Seerley Creek Christian Church, Indianapolis, IN; Plainfield Christian
Church, Plainfield, IN; Church of Christ, Harrison, OH; Southeast Christian Church, Louis
ville, KY; Countryside Christian Church, Wichita, KS. This brings our total speaking
stats for the entire furlough to 45 churches or groups and 12,860 miles.
I finished up my teaching at Kentucky Christian College with good grades received by
all, but the most education received by me! Out of my 11 students, 2 are definitely
planning on mission work. 3 others have internships coming up. We had a Japanese meal
for both classes. They enjoyed eating the delicious sukiyaki with chopsticks; but getting

the mugicha (wheat tea) down seemed to require a little more determination!

mn

My students: Robert Smith,
Becky Hawn, Eric Derry

Linda Millard, Jeff Robinson, Audrey Neville, Derick
Clark, Jim Williams, Ken Joy, Teri Rowe, Rodney Raymond

We are planning to be back in Japan by the end of July. This is a drastic step, considering
we have been advised to remain in the States another year.

We have been torn.

We feel

very strongly that we need to return to our home in Japan to help the Machida Church. But
the fact remains that another year of rest is "what the doctor ordered." So we're going to
compromise. For one year we will not be doing any extras—camps, new Bible classes, private
EInglish classes, etc. We will also whittle down our regular church and campus work to a

minimum. By strictly adhering to a light schedule, we feel we can both hold the work

together (and hopefully make some progress) and at the same time keep lots of spaces for
rest, relaxation, and recuperationo

Then after one year we can begin adding back on to

ease up to a "normal" work load. The prayers and concern of many have been a vital help
to us this year.

Thanks so much.

.

I received a gift from some of my students in

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Japan. It was a sweatshirt on which they had

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person's shirt had his own picture on it.

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Marl. While I'm pleased with the idea of

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Other notes from Japan:

** Dad reports that 4^5 Obirin college students signed up for the Bible seminar which

began in April. 1 will take over this class when we return.

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** Penny, our house-sitter, is experiencing the headaches that come with yen/dollar
business.

She wrote: "I made a mistake figuring the money that would be left over

from the check you sent . . . . Instead of the fire insurance being . . • scratch
that, I Just realized that I made a mistake thinking that I had made a mistake.
Actually, the only mistake I made today was getting out of bed." Hang in there, Penny!

** Mariko Terada, 9th grader and new Christian, ordered 2,000 tracts which she plans to
hand out herself.

MATTERS FOR PRAYER

Thank Him:

Ask Him:

...for the interest in Christianity

..Jfor a teacher for Karis
and Cason. We have ordered

shown by Obirin students who
signed up for the seminar.
...for providing helpers who worked
with the Machida Church in our
absence.

...that we have funds to purchase
our return tickets.

Sincerely yours—and His

Campus Ministry—CJCM

Jenna Houp

6704 Bristol Oaks Ct
Louisville KY 40299

Cason—kindergarten graduate

correspondence school
books, but don't have a
teacher yet.
,..to lead Mr. Hasumi and
Satori. Both need to make
a decision.

CAMPUS MINISTRY — CENTRAL JAPAN CHRISTIAN MISSION — MARK AND LYNN PRATT
340-5 Negishi
Machida City
Tokyo 194, JAPAN

For^ardihg 'Address
Rick and Lydia Coyle

Ph. 0427-91-4600

Cincinnati, OH 45239

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3357 Tallahassee

VoliMe 28

August 1983

Ph. 513-385-9239

You have such a place in our hearts that ^e_
would live or die with vou — 2 Cor. 7:IS

We arrived back here the end of July. A
few days later Clinton said, "I like this
house better than Granny's or K.C.C. This
is our real house." Our sentiments exactly.
Of course, we had teary good-byes with
family in Ky. and Cincinnati. Then again in
California after a great 4 days with Mary
Joyce and Paul and Jeannie. Penny had things
ready for us here: our beds were made and

the refridgerator was full of prepared food—
a glorious sight for weary travelers.
Pkny people helped here in our absence
and we're grateful. We thank Penny for hold
ing the fort and for planning a "Welcome
Home" party in our honor. The church people
went a11 out to have a splendid carry-in
dinner complete with celebration cake.
Visitors from Dad's church mde it ejctra

special. Each one welcomed us back with a
heart-warming speech. Mr. Fujihara said,
"When the Pratts were gone idiis church was
like the dry bones Mark spoke about in liis
sermon. Now, with the Pratts back, I feel

Mark ,

AnJl "Paul

The haipdships we suffered in.....Asia —
2 Cor. 1:8
But our welcome hone wasn't all fun and
games......

1 was nervous about driving on the left

side of the road again. But 1 did amazingly
well. So well that 1 failed to watch my

speed. I was stopped and fined $33.
The worst earthquake we've ever been in

like the life has come back into the bones."

hit while we were visiting the Haras at the
Kentucky House. Being there put us very
close to the center of the quake. The whole
restaurant shook till we feared it might

We were touched. It's good to be home.

cane down around us. Cason and Mrs. Kara

even after the qiiake did I
Days later a typhoon hit. While we suf
fered no wind damage, the thing moved slow
ly, dumping over a foot of rain in one day.
And there was the constant threat that it

could hit with more ferocity at any time.
And speaking of hardships, we'd like
you to pray for Mr. and Mrs. Hara (mention
ed above). We're not at liberty to relate
the story, but they've been through seme
terribly traumatic times with family and
friends. Pray that emotional healing will
soon take place so they can resume church
attendance.

On a lighter note, the Haras have con

rs. Lusloy's i w

tracted with Sun Chain ( a convenience

store chain) to supply them with cole slaw
packed individually. The Haras try to put
a Kentucky flair into whatever they make—
so the salad will be called "Mrs, Lusby's
Salad". Now Lynn has delusions of grandeijr.
She sees herself becoming famous as the
daughter of THE Mrs. Lusty!

CXjt struggle is^.... against the spiritual

Your Father knows what you need — Mt 6:8

forces of evil— Eph. 6:12
Penny wasn't in her new apartment a

month when she was visited by a Jehovah's
Witness. Penny referred the girl to Lynn
who considers the Witnesses as part of her
ministry. They have set a day to talk.
Coming home from downtown Toikyo one day
we ran into one of the Family of Love
(formerly the Children of God), He wanted
us to nake a "Christian donation" and

accept some of Father David's literature.
We talked with him and left our name card.

Lynn said later, "I hate not having any
tracts with me. The irony of it is that we
managed to lug seme root beer from down

town (can't buy it locally), but I hadn't
put any tracts in my purse—^too cumbersome!"
Our third Sunday back Mr. Omura visited.
This-young man has -attented- our church-and—
Lad's. We considered him a believer though
he had not made a formal decision and his

attendance was sporadic. Much to our dis
may he announced that he would not be com

Karis and Cason begin school Aug. 20.
They'll study upstairs in the meeting
room each morning. Their teacher is Christi
Ward who is in the military at Zama Army
Base. She read the notice which the chaplain
had posted for us.

We didn't ]mow we had a

teacher till we were on our way back to
Japan. But we did know 1) that God knew

what we needed and 2) that many were praying
about this. Thanks to you all.
Penny will be helping us part-time while
she continues in language school. So we
expect the whole place to be buzzing with
everyone working on various jobs and
projects.
Continue to pray that the Lord will
p2?ovide the needs we still have. In order
to keep our schedule limited (which we
must do for health reasons""thi^first

year) we are not picking up part of the
Obinin classes and also an English class
at a company. We have dropped the ciasses
we felt were the least likely possibilities

ing any more because he'd joined the Soka
Gakkai, a zealous evangelistic Buddhist

for evangelism. We believe liiis is what

sect. Mr. Omura is deaf and the S.G. has

represents a cut in our yearly income of

premised to heal him.

God would want us to do. But "tdiis decision

$3300. Income is down but expenses are up
,with Christi's weekly teaching fee of $80.
'Although this is expensive, it is 1/3 the
I cost of sending the kids to the base
I school.
nat we ma>
Christ —' C

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• We are having 12-20 attending every
Sunday.

• Fellowship Hour (English Bible class for
high school and college age) begins
again this week.

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• Four of our girls are eager to start a
Sunday school. Planning is in progress.
• The chur<^ people are expressing a
desire to do more evangelism in the
ccninunity.

Sincerely yours

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SEPTEMBER 1, 1983

In the J-une Moody Monthly there was an article "by Kent Hughes

entitled "The Grace

of Giving." The ideas in this Update are from that article.
Paul, in teaching the Corinthians how they should be
edonians and

said "We want you to know about

giving, pointed out the Mac

the grace that has

been given

our

friends." (2 Cor. 8:l) This was exactly right. God*s grace is poured out on us,
so that we can in turn pour it out on others.

We usually think of giving as a required 10 percent, but a careful study
Old Testament reveals that much more is required.

of the

The first tithe was called "the

Lord's tithe." (Lev. 27:30) and went to support the full-time ministry of the Levites.

It was not optional.

The second tithe, called, "the festival tithe" (Deut. 12:10-11) was another 1C^,
also required, to be shared

with the family and others for a

huge celebration at

Jerusalem.

The "poor tithe" was required once every three years, and was also compulsory.
That is 209^ each year, and 309^ each third year. But that was not all. Lev. 19^9*
10 and Nehemiah 10:31, 32 speak of other requirements.
Whew!

Not

Surely the man who gave all this was giving heavily, pleasing

quite. Exodus 25:2 speaks of "VOLUNTAEY giving, unrelated

giving we've already talked about.

Here a person has a choice.

God totally!

to the compulsory
"Tell the sons of

Israel to raise a contribution." This is the Lord, telling Itoses how to get the
money needed to build the tabernacle. This is grace giving. Something required
only by the heart of the giver. Something that is a PRIVILEGE.

Now Paul surely had taught the Corinthians what was REQUIRED. In 2 Corinthians 8
he is trying to teach them the GRACE of giving,
not required.

How wonderful that he has the

giving from

the heart, something

Macedonians to use as an object les

son. The people of Macedonia were poor. The kind of poor we know nothing about.
Mr. Hughes says "The Macedonians were so poor that a depression would have been

welcome." Yet these people gave, and gave, and gave. Paul did not beg them for
Just the opposite. They begged Paul for the privilege of giving! Paul
tells of this in 2 Cor. 8:3,U- "Por I testify that according to their ability,
and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much en
treaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints." Giving was a
PRIVIEBGE, and these wise people at Macedonia, so terribly poor, knew it.
They
money.

gave with joy and enthusiasm, and God has recorded this about them.

In telling the Corinthians about this, Paul writes that he has urged Titus to
"complete in you this gracious work." The Corinthians have grown in other ways.
They have manifested many gifts. But Paul does not want them to miss the blessing
the Macedonians have,

wants them to come to maturity in giving.

You and I will only grow to maturity when oxa giving is what it should be. To
quote Mr. Hughes, "Jesus can have our money and not our hearts, but He cannot have
oTn: hearts and not have our money." Ve in America spend a great deal of time

thinking about money: getting it, spending it, saving it.

How

important money is

to 108 tells us something about where our affections lie.
When Paul tells the Corinthians about the Ifecedonians and

the grace of their giv

ing, he does not command them to give likewise.
says, "I am not- speaking this
as a command, but as proving through the earnestness of others the sincerity of

your love also." (v. 8; In other words, let's put your love, the love you say you
have for God, to the test.

I think God is doing exactly this with the St. Louis Church of Christ today. He
has given us Mike and Janice and a vision for their future work, and said, "Okay.
Let's put your love to the test. Do you WANT to do this for MB?" Yes, Lord, we do!
—Pat Lessen

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THREE SIGHIFIGAHT EVENTS EOR THIS MONTE OP SEPTEMBER

1) Launching of our new HOME PELLOWSHIP GROUP MINISTRY
- Sunday, the 11th - morning dedicated to that "launching effort"
- Sunday, the 18th - more details - first meetings held that week!

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1 6 Elders
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- Hear this message -

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begins Friday evening - - closes Labor ! )ay at noon!

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"Empty Lamps! Empty Future!'

College Press
"Rep" today
9:00 - 11:30

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Rock Lake - BUT our p.m.

FAMILY HOUR will meet!)
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10:30 Sermon Topic -

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DR. & MRS. DATO) GRUBBS HERE!

"Shepherding - Three Criti

Addressing en
tire congregaARY in afternooi i tion at 7:00
Key Leaders 7sOC) this evening.

speaking to

cal Questions!"

LADIES MISSION

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(a sermon in duet by Kent
and Hank)
NEW SEASON for Family Hour

18 "The Second Most Import-

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TEACHERS
SEMINAR with

Meeting
7 PM

(We encourage you to go to

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FAMILY CAMP a ; Rook Lake

2) Dr. & Mrs, David Grubts here on the ll+th and l^th - IMPORTANT EVENT!
3) 2nd Annual MAINTENANCE OP MEMBEEISHIP thrust - Sunday, the 25th!

^ At our 10:30 Worship Hour

Saturday

Friday

Thursday

Wednesday

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tant Church In The World!
that is our A.M. sermon!

New Adult Classes Begin To

day!

Our new HOME FELLOV/SiL F GROUPS meet f()r

the first tim 5 this week!

Wi .1 you be a part of this ministr jr?

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Special Emphasis This
Sunday ------MAINTENANCE OF MEMBERSHIP

A.M. Sermon Topic - "Look

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CAMPUS MINISTRY - CENTRAL JAPAN CHRISTIAN MISSION -- MARK AND LYNN PRATT
Japan Address:

Forwarding Address:

340-5 Negishi
Machida City
Tokyo 194, JAPAN

3357 Tallahassee

Cincinnati, OH 45239

Ph, 0427-91-4600

Ph. 513-385-9247

JAN 2,0

Rick & Lydia Coyle

Volume 27

November 1983

Dear friends,

{fOTCS Off JAPAff

Before the last newsletter ever got off the
press, two items had become "wrong" news:
1.

The

kids'

teacher we wrote about is
Basils

no longer with us. After things didn't work
out. Penny and Lynn did the best they could
while looking and praying for another teacher
We found her! Marty Miller from Zama Army
Base has had teaching experience. She could

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get much better-paying work on base, but de
cided to opt for the Christian service job

instead. Marty brings extra teaching aids
from home and in general goes above and
beyond the call of duty.

PRAYERS OF THANKS

FOR MARTY.

Japan is crowded, make no mistake about it.
Can you picture this: In our Machida City
train station area there are

4

McDonald's

within walking distance of each other; and all
4 are virtually busy all the time.
On the other hand, because Japan is referred
to as a crowded and small country, people often
don't realize its actual size.

The 4 main is

lands of Japan stretch for about 1300 miles.
Our missionaries are scattered all across that

area (and also into Okinawa). So, while some
of the missionaries get together fairly often,
2. We wrote of Mr. Omura who joined the
Soka Gakkai Buddhist group because they prom
ised to heal his deafness. He has since de
cided the S.G. is not for him, and has, in his
own words "turned back toward Christianity."

We're glad to correct our newsletter item to
that effect; but the story isn't over yet. Mr.
Omura still seems to be searching for a group
that will heal him. He is, at this point,

more concerned about his physical condition

than his spiritual one, (Don't we all fall
into

that sometimes?)

After giving up on S.G., Mr. Omura attended
a healing service at Christ's Tabernacle in

others do not see each other for years at a
time.

When we were in Japan 13 years ago with the
Ohayo Singers group, we sometimes had to ans
wer the question, "Who is God?" Most of us
can't imagine having to explain something so
basic. Today, while most Japanese have heard
of God, I can't assume that they have any foun
dation for understanding the concepts that come
out of my sermons. Recently I've had a series
of sermons on basic theology and points about
the church of Christ.

We felt this series would

downtown Tokyo. However, many things he saw
at this "church without a cross" disturbed him
and "seemed more like Soka Gakkai than Chris
tianity." Mr. Omura is coming back to talk to

provide:
a. a review for those who already knew.
b.

clarification for those from different

me.

c.

denominational backgrounds.
a simple explanation for newcomers.

PRAY FOR BOTH OF US.

We're happy to report that Karis is practi
cing with the local girls' volleyball team 3
times a week now. Cason joined the soccer team
which practices twice a week. Joining these
sports clubs helps the kids get in a "phys ed"
time that they'd be getting if they were in

For the past several Mondays I have been at'
tending a counseling seminar at the Lutheran

public school. Also they get to
meet new
friends and mix with the community children

they meet in counseling. This course has al
ready proved to be a valuable tool for me in
my ministry. It has also been helpful to me

more.

Seminary campus. At the end I will have par
ticipated in about 40 hours of lectures by
professionals, case studies, and discussion,

designed to help ministers cope with problems

personally.
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This fall marked the ICQ year anniver
sary of our Christian churches/Churches of

Soccer*

Christ missionaries in Japan.

Charles

Garst, the first of those missionaries, is

buried in downtown Tokyo.

On a rainy Sunday

afternoon about 50 of us gathered (first at
the cemetery, then at a nearby meeting hall)
to honor the occasion.

You may never have heard of Garst or of
most of the missionaries who followed him. "

But their message and ours today centers
around Jesus Christ, whose birth v^e cele
brate at this time of year.
As we enter the second century of Japan
missions, we look forward to our continued

partnership with you.
Sincerely yours — and His,

Our Missionaries in Japan have written a
We believe you'll find
Gleam of Dawn--Light of Day to be both inspi
book of devotions.

rational and enjoyable. Cost: $6.30 (includ
ing postage). Order from Mission Services.

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MISSIONS TJPMTE

November 1, 1983

In September, Ir. David Gtobbs spent two days in St. Louis, helping to lay the
groundwork for our work with and throu^ Mike and Janice Richards. Dr. Grubbs
works in Zimbabwe, Africa, in medical mission work. He first went to the field
as a teacher and evangelist, felt a strong need for doctors, and came home to
retrain.

God reinforced

his conviction that he should do

this by raising up

churches which supported b-tm "fchrough pre—med and med school, both unasked. The
churches came to h-tm with the offM?. He was put on staff, and his needs w^e
met so that he did not have to go into debt.

Not all churches were so foresighted. Vhile he was still in Africa, as soon as
he informed his supporters of his intentions regarding further education, his

major supporting church dropped him immediately, six months before he came home.
Dr. Grubbs* reaction to this is that the

congregation which does

not rise to

such a challenge is the loser. If one congregation is not useful, God will find
another. He says directly to us, regarding Mike and Janice, "If you don't take
this opportunity, you will be the loser."

Dr. Grubbs feels that four years of support for Mike now is both brief and in
expensive in the long run. In the Third World, preaching is different from our
slow methods of tirying to reach out to new people. There, a doctor simply waits
his congregation comes to him, asking to hear. Medicine is an expression
of God's love and care, and people want to-know whj'' the missionary shows_.love
and caring. This is not the way of the pagan world. They fear; they do not
love. If a missionary cares that 9000 people a day die of starvation in Africa,
if he cares that UO^ of all Afjricans die before the age of Sf Africans want to
know why. It is then easy to tell them of God's love.

Preparation for the harvest was mentioned by Dr. Grubbs, along with a book by
Don Richardson called Eternity in Their Hearts.

Zimbabwe was ministered to for

29 years before the first convert. If the rate of
is now, by the year 2000, over 90% of the people of
believers. The point is, it doesn't matter whether
tion or the harvest, as long as he is in the place
preparation and harvest are part of God's plan. The

evangelism continues as it
Zimbabwe will claim to be
Mike is in on the prepara
of God's choosing. Both
effort is what matters.

On Thursday, September 19»
Orubbs conducted an exciting
question-answ^ period. Some of this material was most
stimulating. Por example. Dr. Grubbs wasankedto illustrate
how medicine

was facilitated

missions work.

He

answered

that historically the strongest works have been from medical
missions. Following are two examples.
Li Zsiire, Africa, at this moment, people are begging for missionaries. The one
stipulation is that th^e MOST BE MEDICAL WORK along with whatever else the
missionaries choose

to do.

The

Africans are

offering hospitals, road crews,

and many oth^ things, if the missionaries will only come and care for their

physical needs. Some areas have large hospitals, left by the Belgians in 196U9
but no doctors and no medicine. They thou^t they would be happy with freedom
when the Belgians left. They now say they know only God can supply their needs.
They are READY for the message of the gospel. They insist that it be accompanied

by medicine.,
In Zimbabwe, wh^e Dr. Grubbs works, there are 30 churches around the mission.

They baptize about 200 per year at the hospital, and notify the nearest church
to reach out to

the new convert.

If there

is no church nearby, the

hospital

tries to send someone to start one.

More next month!

-Pat Lassen

November

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It Belongs!"

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His Gates!"

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"Daniels" 6 a.m

HAE:VEST dinner - at 12:30
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"Thanksgiving - A Key To

"Daniels" 6 a.]

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BBEAKFA^ - at

"Where Are The Nine?"

■2010:30 a.m. sermon topic -

co-vets our prayers
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fIetirebs dinner Tues: Opal Leonard - Dr. & Mrs. L. Maugel
at 12, Noon
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HERBRUCKS

Wed: Velma Spicer (women only), M^ Kent Odor,
M/M Brad Capen,, Dr. & Mrs. W. Thiemkey
Thur: M^ T. RaycraXt & M^ H. McAdams

MISSIONS "OPIIATE

December 1, I983

Here are some more of the questions and answers generated "by Dr# David Gruhbs*
visit with us in September.
QUESTION: What should we be doing for Mike and Janice?
ANSWER:

1. Whenever

we talk to them, or

write, let them know

that we want to know

and meet their needs. Keep telling them this.
2. Encourage them. Medical school is tough spiritually. It is hard on
marriages. Help the family and the marriage. Provide funds for vacations,
nights out, etc.

3. Leain of the need in the world for the gospel. Learn how many people
there are, who*s reaching them, and who's unreached. Reevaluate if we're
fulfilling God's priority role—the saving witness of God in the world.
V/e're really about SALVATION,

U. Be Joyful that God has given us the opportunity to help prepare one of
His servants.

5. Don't focus on the servant, but on the WORK. Humans are vessels of clay.
We must not focus on the vessel. We'll be
scary to let someone help you, for fear you'll
of Mike for being willing to be helped. Don't
but honor and glorify the God who is providing

disappointed if we do. It's
disappoint someone. Be proud
scrutinize him. Love the man,
the man.

QUESTION: Is everyone treated alike, even if they don't respond to the gospel?
ANSWER: Yes. Medicine is not a tool, not a manipulator. V7e do not manipulate
people to make them believe, nor do we shout at them for ignorance.
QUESTION: How do non-Christians respond after medical or educational care?
ANSWER: A long-forgotten patient may take the missionary house-to-house, in
viting his friends over for the evening. He will feed the missionary. Then
150 people may hear the gospel, all because a man received medical care.

(Hank pointed out that Africans are less suspicious and more grateful than
Americans. Where an American might sue if his life is not as good

as new,

an African is grateful for any improvement.)
QUESTION: Have you seen any Africans come for training to do work themselves?

Al^WER: Our school is all African. Our church is all African. Our hospital
is nearly all African. One of our boys is now a PhD, soon to be MD, and we
have offered to let him head up the hospital. We would Just work with him.
He may, however, be too big for us. He may do more good teaching in the
university, or something like that. Fifteen to 19 Africans have come to the
U.S. for training. Three hold PhD's. ALL returned to Africa.

Hank summarized his feelings thus far about sending Mike to Medical school and
then to India:

1. Medical missions in the Third World is an ideal way to tap potential.

2. It's extremely difficult to enlist doctors because of their debt ($1^0,000
by the time a doctor sets up a practice in order to pay off his med school

debt).
3. The only way to do the Job is to educate a doctor.

U. Not much of this is being done.
We cannot afford to fail here. If we fail, we may discoiirage other
churches who would see the challenge. If we succeed, we could fuel the fire
for other congregations to do likewise.

Thank you. Dr. Grubbs, for your advice and encouragement to us. And thank you,
Mike and Janice and Jonathan, for letting us share in getting you to the
mission field!

—^Pat Lassen

DECEMBER 19 8 3
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Dec. 6 - Dec. 8

Dec. 13 - Dec. 15

CM

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HOME FELLOWSHIP GROUPS WILL MEET: Hov. 29 - Dec. 1

Topic: Keeping the Body (Church)

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Christmas

Bible Story

Well - "One-Anothering"

9:30 - 11:30
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HISTORY" class for all

Choir Practice

adults - begins today!

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Elders Meet

7 p.m.

7 p.m.

Christmas

10:30 SERMON - "Before He

Bible Story

Gave Gifts He Took Captives"

9:30 - 11:30
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Servants, And Submission!"

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Appointments of New Elders
and Deacons - 198U Budget

Christmas

Bible Story

9:30 - 11:30
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followed by a gospel invi
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Deacons Meet

7 p.m.

ANNUAL CHELDREN'S

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25lO:00 - 10:30 Something
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