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going down of the same, the Lord's

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Ps. 113:3

MlSSION SERVICES,ASSOC|AT ION ^ 1NC*

P. 0. Box 177; 900 West—400 north

Kempton, in 46049

Dear Christian Friends,

Ronald C. Riddle - Forwarding Agent

Box 14652, Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

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Greetings In the Wonderful Name of our Lord Oesus Christ, Who is Lord over

everything that happens both here and in 3apan.

Thank you for your continued faithful support of the 3apanese Christian

Services in 1980, A statement is included below for tax deduction purposes. Fur

lough is an extreriely important time for any missionary family and this furlough

has been no exjeption for Hale, Peggy, and children. Of course, there are the op

portunities to share first-hand the work in 3apan with stateside churches. What is just as important though is that which occurs within the missionary family as

they re-aroup and gain a fresh perspective of the calling they have received

from theLord of the Harvest. This has been a growing time for the Wilkinsons

and your loving support has made it possible. Thank you.

The furlough is Hearing its conclusion with the Wilkinsons set to head for the Tokyo area in mid-surmier. With inflation continuing to be a stubborn foe and several new special funds(i.e. van fund), your financial undergirding of the

endeavors in 3apan is still greatly needed. In fact, perhaps you could increase

your support to at least match the inflation rate(app. 12%}?!? Whatever, your

monetary and prayer backing of Oapanese Christian Services is vital, are

a partner in the gospel 1 God's best to you in 1981,

tefully in Christ,

H, Spicei President, Bd. of Trustees

During the year of 19eo(aan. 1 - Dec.?!), Mission SERViCES-AssgeiATroN, Inc.

contributed $

50*90 toward the work of 3apanese Christian Services, Inc.

Treasurer/For. Agent

MARK, TIM, BETH, PEGGY, DALE, BILLY

(the LIGHT)

TAKING CHRIST'S LIGHT TO JAPAN'S DARKNESS

NEWS FROM JAPAN

and the

WILKINSONS

MARCH, 1981

WILKINSONS TO RETURN TO JAPAN ON AUGUST 3

Dear friends,

Our long furlough is rapidly drawing to a close. Lord willing, we will return to Japan on August

have spent in the U.S. has been very helpful. Being away from Japan for a

3. The extra time we

while has enabled us to gain a fresh and valuable perspective of the mission field and we will be

better missionaries as a result of the time spent in America. We are grateful for your continued

prayer and financial support ofthe Japanese Christian Services during this time. Your patience,

understanding,and trust have meant a great deal. You have

continue this important work.

been God's encouragement to us to

Our plans are to relocate on the northwest fringe of Tokyo. There has been a major population

shift to this area in recent years with the development of many large suburban communities. In

addition to the great potential for the Lord's work,our children,Beth,Tim,and Billy willbe ableto commute to and from the Christian Academy, a school for missionary children. We are trusting the Lord to lead us to just the right area and house. There is a possibility that we will have to livein temporary quarters for a while until a house can be located through a rental agency.

Although our total mission income is higher than in the past, we still need additional support,

largely because ofinflation, high cost of housing in Japan,and the need of our children to attend

school. Rent will be about $500 a month for a small house. We may have to pay about$1,000for

rental depositfees and also install our own heating system. The costofschoolfor ourchildren will

be about$450 a month. Because the Japanese reading and writing system is so complicated most

missionary children must attend private English school. Altogether we need about $600 additional monthly support. The Lord has proved over and over again that He can and will

provide if we and you trust and obey His will. We feelthough that the Lord is not pleased when we go into debt,so we are determined not to do so. Several years ago, we were unable to pay our bill at the Christian Academy and at the Language school and we also had other outstanding bills. Our children had to drop out of school. Peg and I were forced to discontinue vital Japanese language studies and even worse, non-Christians were tempted to speak evil ofthe Lord and the church. This should never be! For this reason, we beg you to be in fervent prayer so that full

support will be provided before we depart for Japan this summer.

Although our remaining time in the U.S.is short,we hope to see you again before we depart. If you would like for us to visit your congregation, participate in Vacation Bible School, Missions

programs, etc., please contact us as soon as possible.

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BUDGET

• GENERAL FUND

Salaryfor Dale Wilkinson, Housing costs.

Children'seducation.OperatingExpenses, Work of Evangelism,etc.

SPECIAL NEEDS

TOTAL

NEEDED

ON

HAND

$3,600/month $3,000/month

STILL

NEEDED

$600/month

• Travel and Shipping

5,500

5,500

-0-

• Vehicle Purchase in Japan

6,400

2,060

4,340

• 16 mm Sound Movie Projector

700

-0-

700

• Language School

1,000

-0-

1,000

• Miscellaneous Supplies

1,000

70

930

• Resettlement Costs

2,500

262

2,238

(rental house depositfees,heating system,

washing machine,etc.)

FORWARDING ADDRESS

FOR FUNDS

JAPANESE CHRISTIAN SERVICES, INC.

RONALD RIDDLE, FORWARDING AGENT

BOX 14652

CINCINNATI, OHIO 45214

ANNUAL BOARD MEETING

The Board of Trustees of the Japanese Christian

Services, Inc., held their annual board meeting on December 6, 1980,in Cincinnati. Plans were made

for the Wilkinsons to return to Japan,the budgetfor

1981 was approved, and officers were elected. Jim

Spicer, minister of the President Drive Church of

Christ is president. Ken Helms, an elder of the

Mason Church of Christ is Vice President, and

Ronald Riddle,an elder ofthe Western Hills Church of Christ, is Secretary-Treasurer. Other board

members areDan McArthur,Tim McDonough,Tony

Rocquemore,Bobby Kelly,OtisGoodin,JoeMorgan,

Fred Daugherty,and John Shipman,allofwhom are

officers of the President Drive Church of Christ.

Mission Services

Box 177

Kempton, Indiana 46049

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FURLOUGH ADDRESS

Ifyou would likefor us to present our work in Japan to your congregation or to send

Vacation Bible School materials, please

contact us at our home address:

131 Edison Avenue

Circleville,Ohio 43113 phone: (614)474-4806

ABOUT JAPAN

Climate & clothing

Located in the North Temperate Zone, the climate of Japan

is similar to that of the middle belt of the U.S. end central and

southern parts of Europe. Clothing worn there in the corre sponding season is usually suitable in Japan. The mean tempera

tures. humidity and rainy days during the four seasons in the major cities are as follows:

Winter

Spring

Summer

Autumn

(Jan.)

(Apr.)

(Jul.)

(Oct.)

 

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R

T

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Sapporo

22.8

75 16

43.0 68

9

68.4 80

9

50.7 74 13

Sendai

33.1 71 6 49.3 67 8 71.8 86 13 57.2 77 9

Tokyo

39.4

57 5

56.3 66

10

77.4 79

10 62.4 74 11

Nagoya

37.8

71

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55.6 69

10

78.3 81 12 61.9

76 9

Kyoto

38.3 72 5 55.6 67 7 79.0 76 8 62.1 74

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Hiroshima

39.4 71

7 55.4 71 10 77.9 82

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62.2 75

6

Takamatsu 39.9 69

7

54.9 74

10

79.0 81 10 62.1

79 8

Fukuoka

41.5 75 12 57.0 74 10 79.7 80 11 63.1

76

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Kagoshima

44.1 75

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80.4 82

13 66.4 75

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Naha

60.8

70

11 60.1 76 13 69.4 79

10

82.8 82

9

75.4 74

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Note: "T" stands for temperature (in F.

(in %) and "R" for rainy days.

*H" for humidity

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MARK, TIM, BETH, PEGGY, DALE, BILLY

JULY, 1981

AUGUST 1 DEPARTURE DATE DELAYED

Wilkinsons Make Necessary

Change in Plans

After a long two-year home-leave,

the Wilkinsons'time for their return to

Japan has come. However, due to the

sudden death of Dale's brother, the

Wilkinsons will not be returning on August 1 as had been planned. They

have now setthe last week ofA ugustas their scheduled time of departure.

The remainder of the copy of this

newsletter was prepared prior to the

unexpected death of Dale's brother.

Our house is now a beehive of activity. So much needs to get done. There is final shopping for

supplies and extra

clothing, deciding what to

mail,

what to ship, what to discard, what to do with three

cats. The task of moving overseas is one ofthe most difficultfor a missionary family.

FORWARDING ADDRESS FOR FUNDS --

JAPANESE CHRISTIAN SERVICES,INC. RONALD RIDDLE,FORWARDING AGENT

BOX 14652

CINCINNATI, OHIO 45214

Even more difficult than the physical work of

moving is the saying of goodbyes to our loved ones

and friends. During the pasttwo years we'vespenta

great deal oftime with Dale's Mom,and family. The

Lord has given us many specialfriendsin Circleville

and especially at the Northridge Church ofChrist. It will be especially difficult to leave our son Mark in the U.S., but since he has decided to attend Bible College,we are not so concerned for his welfare. The Lord encourages us with this promise of Mark

10:29,30.

Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house,or brethren,or sisters,orfather,or mother,or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the

gospel's, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in

this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers,and children,and lands, withpersecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

The Lord has already provided a house to rent in

Japan. Julius and Virginia Fleenor, long-time

missionaries, wrote and said that their rental house would become vacant this summer. Several years ago,the Fleenors purchased property and there were two houseson thelot. They toredown thefronthouse and built a church building with their apartment on

the second floor. The other house was remodeled and

is rented out to other missionaries. We will be living next to a huge park, and just down the street to the local train station. Beth,Tim,and Billy will be able to commute to school at the Christian Academy in Japan is only 20 minutes without any transfers. This house, by the way, was the first place we ever stayed, when we went to Japan in 1970. I Peter 5:7.

Yesterday we received a letter from Betty Patton in

Yokosuka. She has arranged for missionary Harold

Sims to meet us at the Tokyo airport with his van to

take us to Sayama. Betty is getting some of our

things we had stored in Yokosuka ready for us. We have some furniture there,and so we should be able to set up housekeeping quickly.

Our new address in Japan will be:

Dale and Peggy Wilkinson 2001,25-8 Irumagawa Machi,4 Chome Sayama-Shi, Saitama Ken,350-13

After such a lengthy absencefrom Japan,wefeelas

if we are going there for the first time - as raw

recruits. Japan is a difficult mission field. The na tion of Japan seems dedicated to the pursuit of

materialism, humanistic philosophy, and the

preservation of Buddhist traditions, and Shinto

nationalism. There is a great spiritual apathy in

Japan. There are many though who are"Hungering and thirsting for righteousness." It would be a sad

commentary on our lives if we didn't at least try to

reach these with the gospel of Christ. We are confidentthatGod willgive us victories. But we need

your prayers! With the Apostle Paul, we beg

Pray for us, that God may open a door for

our message, so that we may proclaim the

mystery of Christ

Pray for~uS that'tfie message of th'e Lord may spread rapidly, and be honored (2 Thess. 3:1)

(Col.4:3)

Mission Services

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Kempton, Indiana 46049

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As we pack oursupply boxes and suitcases,and try to

decide what are the most important things to take,

we remember the list of needs we mentioned in our

very first newsletter,when we wentto Japan in 1970.

Now, as then, there are a great many things that

we'd like to take, but what we NEED TO TAKE IN

OUR LIVES are these:

FAITH - THE DEEP-DOWN CONVICTION THAT OUR LIVES ARE SAFELY IN OUR

HEA VENL Y FA THER'S HANDS.

LOVE - HAVING THE WONDERFULHEARTOF

JESUS WITH A SPONTANEOUS COMPAS

SION FOR THE LOST.

HUMILITY - HAVING THE SELFLESS MIND OF JESUS, BOWING IN FULL SURRENDER TO GOD AND IN TENDER SERVICE TO

OTHERS.

PATIENCE NEEDED TO ENDURE LONG HARD MONTHS,AND YEARS OF DIFFICULT WORK, WAITING FOR THE LORD'SLEADING

AND THE PROMISED HARVEST.

ZEAL A BURNING DESIRE AND DRIVE TO OBE Y THE GREA T COMMISSION OF CHRIST WITHOUT REGARD FOR PERSONAL COSTS.

AND MUCH MUCH MORE

In closing, may I remind you to endeavor to live a

victorious life in Christ, waiting, working, and

watching for our returning King.

In the words of Paul(Hebrews 10:23),

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,

for he who promised is faithful.

In Christ,

Street scene in Yokosuka, Japan

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MARK, TIM, BETH. PEGGY, DALE, BILLY

Dear friends,

On September 3, we arrived in Tokyo, to begin our third

term of missionary work. Harold Sims was at the airport early in the morning to greet us and to drive us to our house

in the city ofSayama,about 3 hours away. Milton Jones, with whom we previously worked in Yokosuka, was on the

same flight from San Francisco. Milton came back to Japan for a few weeks to gather information which he

needed forfuture planning concerning hisfamily'sreturn to Japan forfurther missionary work. Milton stayed at our

house in Sayama most of his time in Japan, and was a

great help in carrying our suitcases to and from the

airports.

Our house here in Sayama was built years ago for an

American Air Force family. For about the past 15 years it

has been used by different missionaries. It now

belongs to

Julius ai^ Virginia Fleenor. The Fleenors moved to

Sayama several years ago from the Shimo-Ochiai section

ofinner Tokyo. They builta two story building on thefront part of the property. The Sayama Church ofChrist meets

on the firstfloor and the Fleenor residence ison the second

floor. Ourhouse,which werentfromthem,isnextdoor. To

one side of us is a large park which is popular with

Japanese families. We also live next to a Japanese Air Force base and are treated to the sound of many jets which

constantly fly in and out on training maneuvers.

Since we had some furniture and household things left in Yokosuka, where we previously lived, we were able to set up housekeeping quickly. Milton Jones gave a much needed hand in helping us move. It takes about 3 hours to drive one way from Yokosuka to Sayama and we had two round trips in a small truck,so we had a traveling time of 12 hours just to move furniture. On the first trip back to Sayama, we neglected to cover our load with a tarpaulin and of course,it rained. Our mattresses, pillows,and some boxes were soaked by the time we got to Sayama. Eventually everything dried out. The next day we covered the second load. You guessed it -- no rain, whatsoever.

Since we were delayed in coming to Japan, Beth,Tim,and Billy's school, the Christian Academy in Japan, had already begun classes. Right away - before they had gotten over their "jet lag", and even learned their way

around -- they had to start school. The first couple of weeks

were really difficult. They had to learn how to travel to school by train. More than once,they transferred from the express train to the regular train at the wrong place and ended up in unknown territory. The train they board atour local station doesn't stop at the station nearestthe school, so they must change trains both going to school and coming home. The Christian Academy is rather advanced, so that means loads of homework most nights. Most of September it was rainy and cool,and by 5:30it was already

dark outside,so there was littletimefor outdoor play which

was frustrating for Tim and Billy. For the firstfew weeks, the often repeated remark from Billy, who wasn't all that excited about being in school all day,since he only went to kindergarten a half day last year, was, "Let's go home now"!(back to Ohio). It was hard for him to realize that we had moved. Now that we have more furniture,a TV set,and have overcome the initial shock of culture change, we are fairly well organized again and adjusted to Japan. Beth is in the CAJ school choir and she and Peg are sewing her choir gown. Beth has renewed friendships with girls she

went to school with several years ago. Tim, though

(the LIGHT)

TAKING CHRIST'S LIGHT TO JAPAN'S DARKNESS

NEWS FROM JAPAN

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OCTOBER, 1981

reluctantly, is struggling with a piano keyboard for the first time. He'd much rather be in the park with a ball bat and glove. Billy is learning to read in the firstgrade and to speak Japanese at the same time. His favorite activity is walking the Fellnors'dog in the park. When he found out that most Japanese department stores have kiddie-lands, complete with rides, on the roofs, he decided that maybe he'd learn to like Japan after all.

Mark is a freshman at the Cincinnati Bible College. Two days before we leftforJapan,Peggy and I went with Mark to Cincinnati to get him settled in the dormitory. Mark

writes that he was chosen to be in two singing groups and

that he is really enjoying school. The Mason (Ohio)

Church of Christ is paying V2 of Mark's tuition and

he also

is getting some assistance from the government BEOG grant program. Ruby Smith, who attends the Cincinnati Western Hills Church of Christ,sent a special gift of$100 to help Mark buy text books. Mark had to secure a loan

from the college to pay the rest of his school bill and this

off by the end of the semester in order for

him to register for the second semester. Perhaps your Sunday school class or church group would liketoconsider

Mark's school bill as a special project. Please send such help directly to either Mark, or to the Cincinnati Bible College, 2700 Glenway Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45204, designated for his account.

On our first Sunday in Japan, we took the train to Yokosuka. We had to transfer three times,and the trip took about three hours from Sayama. But the reunion was well worth the effort. We enjoyed seeing Andy and Betty Patton again and also the Japanese Christians-Yoshida- san, Yokomizo-San, Ichino-sei-san, the Sunday School children,and otherstoo. Yoshida-san had justcompleted a year at the Osaka BibleSeminary and was now living with

needs to be paid

the Pattons for a while.

Kensei Yokomizo-san had

graduated from secular university and was now on vacation from the Osaka Bible Seminary. We had worked with these two young men in evangelism prior to our furlough and we are happy that they are receiving additional training to become church leaders. We are planning to return to Yokosuka on a regular basis to do evangelism there.

Paul Pratt teaching the gospel to school children In Kamo.

Peggy and I have begun to help outin the church work here in Sayama. This past Lord's Day, for example, the

Fleenors conducted a retreat at their camp facility in the

mountain village of Karuizawa. Peg and I stayed behind

"to hold down the fort". Peggy assisted the Japanese

Sunday School teacher. During the morning worship

service Ishowed a moviefrom Dr.James Dobson's FOCUS ON THE FAMILY series. Over twenty Japanese were

present,someforthefirsttime. Aftertheservice,there was a pot luck lunch, complete with rice balls wrapped in sea

weed, other oriental foods, and American and European-

type dishes. In the afternoon, I taught a Japanese Bible study from the book of J ames. I was also in charge ofthe evening English service, which involved leading the

singing and preaching.

Together with other area missionaries, we are part of a team called the Kanto EvangelisticAssociation.The word "Kanto" is the Japanese term for the part of the country covered by the Tokyo Metropolis and six other prefectures. Missionaries working now with the KEA are Stephen Fleenor,Julius Fleenor,Paul Pratt,Warren Christianson,

David Cole, Bill Turner, and myself and from time to time

other Church of Christ missionaries. Most weeks on

Thursdays and Fridays we distribute Bible portions at the

schools and from door to door in various neighborhoods.

Evangelistic meeting in city of Kamo.

Also we teach Bible stories, using picture rolls, to school children right at the school gate. In September, we made a special trip to the city of Kamo, in Niigata Prefecture, which is on the opposite side ofJapan. The trip by car took

about6 hours one way,through the mountainous interior.

Gospel portions were distributed to students at several

schools along with invitations to the evangelistic meetings each night at the Kamo Church of Christ. The response was exciting. Julius Fleenor baptized a young carpenter, who had been won to the Lord by the local Christians, when he came to build doors for the new church building

last year. Twelve other mailed in cards and requested that

Bibles be sent to them. Others wrote and asked that an

evangelist counsel with them. There is no Japanese

preacher with the church at Kamo - only a small band of

enthusiastic Christians. Because of the need and open door in Kamo, Julius Fleenor and I have decided to make the long trip there once a month to nurture the church and to assist them in evangelism. Please pray for this worki

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Dale helping Christians in Kamo prepare tracts for distribution.

As we drove to the places of baptism -- a small river just

outside of Kamo, we passed through a picturesquefarming

area. Niigata Prefecture is the "rice basket" of Japan and

this was harvest time. Scores offarmers and theirfamilies

were in the fields, wielding large sickles, to harvest the

grain. Others were now using modern combines. The sheaves ofgrain were then hung across drying racks atthe

edge ofthe rice paddies. After the precious grain had been harvested, the farmers then set fire to their fields to clear

them of the unwanted stubble. The smoke from the

burning stubble was so thick at times, the speed limit on the highways had to be reduced because of poor visibility.

This scene was a vivid reminder of God's word which

speaks ofthe end times when alltheeviland wickedness of

this present age will be destroyed like stubble which is

burned (Malachi 4:1-3; Matthew 3:12). The conversion of Igarashi-san and his baptism there in the river near Kamo prove that a harvest of souls is ready in Japan. May we all be diligent in God's field while there is still time.

"Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shout-

inp. He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag

of seed, shall indeed come again with a shout ofjoy,

bringing his sheaves with him."

In Christ.

-Psalm 126:5,6

Address in Japan; Dale and Peggy Wilkinson Box 22. Irumagawa-Machi, 4-2r>-8 Sayama-Shi. Sailama-Ken. 350-13 Japan

Forwarding Address:

.lapanese Christian Services, Inc.

Box 14H52

Cincinnati. Ohio •l.*)2M