February 2014 Update
Chris & Donna Sadowitz (1985)
Dear Prayer Warriors, February, 2014
Hebrews 12:1-3 is this year’s theme for the Miyakonojo Christian Center. Each week thus far we have sought to encourage one another to commit it to memory in the hopes that it will guide our Christian conduct over the course of 2014. (God's Word in Memory)
As we run the race of our Christian lives we, as a church, will run in a Marathon March 30th (Donnas’ 51st birthday- she is running a 5k by the way), to let our community know we are here to help them navigate the course of life with their savior Jesus Christ. June brings a group of soccer players from the US to further the cause of Christ with international friendly soccer matches around our state of Miyazaki and Kagoshima. In July we extend our race to disciple the nations as Chris teaches for Asia Biblical Theological Seminary in Thailand and Donna leads our Japanese teens on a mission trip.
August sees us back in Miyakonojo for our 11th Vacation Bible School run pretty much by our church teens and a team coming from our home town. With the theme of “Running the Race” we hope to both evangelize and disciple kids and teens during this week long ministry. October 10th is sports day in Japan and our theme will continue as we hold our own sports outreach (a basketball 3 on 3 tournament if possible) at the church. (God’s Word in Service)
As a church body we hope that beyond memory and activity there would be understanding and internalization of the Word of God. This passage, like all of Scripture, is replete with instruction on how God wants us to live in this world.
In Japanese Hebrews 12:1 starts like this; “Kou iu wake desukara,” which is translated, “For this very reason”. What reason? Hebrews 11 is the reason we are to do what is written in 12:1-3. It is often called the “Hall of Fame of Faith”. We run because of those who ran before us and proved that without faith it is impossible to please God and also to prove to ourselves that our God is will reward those who diligently seek Him.
Recently in conversations I was reminded again why we have run to Japan and why you continue to keep us in the race.
• The 60 year old next door to the church lady sat with me in the church cafe and wondered why a local boy had chopped his girl friend up into little pieces. (And He will convict the world of Sin.)
• The 41 year old father of 3 working in a home center store listened for a half of an hour about the certainty that a personal relationship with God brings. He exclaimed, “I have never heard this before.”
• As the 16 year old teen handed me nails for the baptismal roof we discussed the meaning of baptism and the Gospel to which he stated, “I do not know Christ nor anything about Christianity”.
• Later that same day, in a park, playing soccer with elementary and Jr. High kids I asked 1st grader little Koji kun (kun means little boy), if he knew who Jesus and God were. He said, “I don't know what you are talking about”.
People do not know God. They are blinded. They do not have His Word.
FOR THIS REASON our race of faith is to make Him known to the Japanese; to declare His Word and see Him set the captives free. Thank you for sending us. At the moment we are running well!
Prayer and Praise
1) Praise God for the arrival of winter interns Jessica, Grace and Ellen, they have been a blessing already!
2) Praise God, He has provided us a nice van.
3) Praise God, the church disciples are working hard at reaching out to their friends
4) Please pray for our neighbor Mrs. Noda who had cancer surgery Feb. 3rd. Please pray for spiritual interest to come from physical need.
5) Please pray for our coworker, Takeshi Uchizono, who has a back problem brought on by his unorthodox walking style due to childhood polio. He is unable to sit at work as it pains him so he may lose his job. Please pray for God to heal him and provide for their needs.
6) Please pray for us to follow God's ministry pattern for us rather than follow our own designs
7) Please pray for people with open hearts
8) Please pray for us to be disciplined in prayer and patient in listening to God.
9) Please pray for 15 year old Taniguchi who Shota shared the Gospel with last night (Feb.3rd) Shota is a younger brother to Rota who is now studying at Davis college- Please continue to pray for him as well.
10) Please pray for our Valentines Day outreach dinner that many would attend and that we could glean listeners, seekers and believers as we follow up on those who attend.
Donna is back in the swing of things on this side of the pond, teaching joy club at church and teaching Michelle and Naomi; running 3-4 miles a week, joining Chris in hospital visitation and house visitation.
Michelle is studying, cooking, and providing hospitality 2-3 times a week for those who stop in. Recently she invited over 15 people to the Valentines Day Outreach, Praise the Lord.
Naomi, our 4th grader, is engage in a 40 day challenge. She is praying for the 40 kids in her class each day before lunch. This way she not only learns their names, but she also is focusing on reaching them for Christ. Go Naomi in the power of the Spirit!
Jessica is here for three months and already getting involved in the lives of people. She is not joining the ministry for the ministry is flowing out from her.
Daniel, our lone child in the States, is working now and preparing for coming to Japan this summer to help make disciples.
Chris is praying that his kids would love the Lord more than he does, but realizing that he can only lead them as far as he has gone himself. I've got to keep on following the Lord - New heights Lord, new heights.
Thanks for partnering with us,
Chris & Donna
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