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1 month of mission work in Minamisoma: Past, future and prayer requests

Hello everyone! This is Kurokawa.
Thank you for your prayers and support.

In the blink of an eye, one month has passed since we moved to Minamisoma City. We have been living temporarily at Haramachi Christ Evangelical Church while preparing for church planting. Although we are preparing for church planting, we have not yet decided on a house or a property to be our church. We are hoping for a house to start as a church and home. This is because our missionary style has been to invite people into our home and build trusting relationships, and because we want to eventually have a full band for worship.

In the past, we have mainly invited young people from the church, but in Minamisoma, we want to invite more and more people of all ages and non-Christians. It could be a hobby, a friend, or a part of a welfare activity. I want to take advantage of the opportunities to meet people who will be led by God.

In the past month, I have had many encounters with churches, Christian organizations, Christians, and immigrants and entrepreneurs in Minamisoma. In the future, I hope to make connections with local non-Christians.

The other day I met a young Dad and Mom at Kitaizumi Beach, the venue for the All Japan Surfing Championships. Both mom and dad are skateboarders, and the dad told me that he has been in talks with the city to open up the road next to Kitaizumi Beach as an area for skateboarding. By the way, there is a lot of support for us immigrants, but I don’t know what kind of support is available for local people, especially for young people to be active and develop their future. We’d like to see the future of Minamisoma by connecting with such energetic young people.

Kitaizumi sea side park

We hope that we can not only benefit from this as immigrants, but also that we can help the local people who have lived here for a long time to love Minamisoma even more, to make it a better place to live, and to have hope. We hope that we can reach out to the children and youth in particular.

In addition, we were able to connect with churches in Minamisoma City, which gave us a way to cooperate with each other. We haven’t done much in the way of reconstruction support, and our ministry is still in its infancy. We can only thank those who have been doing pastoral care and recovery support for a long time. I think it is because many Christians have built trusting relationships with local citizens that we have been able to integrate smoothly into the community. We will continue to ask the Lord to help us produce a large harvest in this area that has been well sown.

We are currently negotiating for a house that would be suitable as a church and home. There is a limit to how much we can afford to pay, and even with the immigration support money, it’s not enough to buy a house. We have been unable to get a mortgage or a credit card, so we have to make do with what we have. I thought about renting a house, but it would be difficult because I don’t have the ability to pay the monthly rent continuously, and I would have to work part-time to pay for the rent, so I’d like to avoid that if possible.

In any case, the deadline for temporary housing is three months, and we have decided to pioneer by the end of the year. If it is not given, we will probably start worshipping in the park. With that determination, if it is the Lord’s will and His work is done, we will seek boldly in Jesus’ name for the Kingdom of God. I would be grateful if you could support us in prayer so that we can be given a place where we can call people, praise and pray with all our might.

My second daughter, NOA, is making her kindergarten debut today. Our eldest daughter, YUA, is scheduled to start elementary school next week. Slowly and steadily, we’re trying our best to take root in the community!

Yua
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Yasunori Kurokawa

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32歳で男性乳がんになった数少ない日本人クリスチャン。
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