The Vanning Family Update
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Kensei is now a first-grader! Although the facilities are outdated, our children's school has the second-most children in the prefecture. We're glad to be planting a church in this area, with many families with children.

 2021 May Update

God is Doing Something!


Thank you for praying for us so faithfully! God is doing something great here in Kaihinmakuhari Shintoshin! All glory and praise belong to Him! 

First, I want to leave the minute-and-a-half video I made a few months ago here in case you haven't had a chance to see the area where we are planting a church. It's just a short video of a prayer walk through our area and the opportunities we have all around us. I have a ministry vision for reaching each of the areas in the video. But the first priority right now is planting a church here in our apartment complex. Click here to watch the video on Youtube. 

The school year begins and ends in April here in Japan, so last month our children moved up a grade in school. Taishi is now in 6th grade and looking more like a man than a boy every day. Emi moved up to 3rd grade and Kensei just began elementary school! Mona also just began kindergarten. So most days we now only have our 1yo, Shion with us.  

We began holding worship meetings in our home in March with just our family attending. We thought getting in the rhythm of worshipping in our house every Sunday would be good preparation for when we start having people to worship with us. Well, a month later we had someone attend and now she is attending regularly every Sunday with us. She is a Japanese Christian lady who was a member of a large Gospel-centered church in Dubai for a number of years. She just returned to Japan and knows no other Christians in the area, except us now. It has been a pleasure having her with us the last few weeks. Please pray for Aoi-san and for her unsaved parents and sisters. 

Please continue praying for the Satou family. We had planned to get together with them on the 24th of April, but our children got sick. We hope to reschedule dinner with them after the holidays are over. (Right now we are in the middle of a holiday of 4 days that ends on May 5th, called Golden Week).

Please continue praying for the Fennell family. We were not able to reserve the campsite because it was completely booked, but Yuko-san invited Nozomi to go to the beach and dig for clams with her. During that time they were able to have some deep conversation for about 2 hours. Right now she and her husband, Kyle, are unhappy with their life here and are considering moving to Canada. May God give us more opportunities to share the Gospel with them before they leave Japan. Or maybe God will work in their hearts to want to stay as they accept the Gospel by faith.

God is answering your prayers for us to purchase our home. We heard back from the owners and they are willing to sell the home to us. Please pray they sell to us at a low price and that the purchase process will go smoothly. 

We are still praying that God would provide some "core members" for our church plant here as well as church planting partners. We hope to find like-minded partners to plant a church with a plurality of leaders from the beginning. 

Please keep in touch! If you have any questions about what we are doing in Japan, or about partnering with us financially please do not hesitate to email me by replying to this email. I look forward to communicating with you.

いつも私たちのためにお祈りいただき、ありがとうございます。 神様はここ幕張新都心で素晴らしいことをされているでしょう。 すべての栄光と賛美は神様に属しています。


日本では、進級は4月にありますが、私たちの子供たちも無事に次の学年に進むことができました。 大志は小学6年生になり、日に日に男の子、というより、より男性のようになってきました。恵実は3年生になり、謙清は小学校に入学しました。最愛は幼稚園に入ったばかりです。家では、1歳の信生しかいない日が多いです。 






これからもよろしくお願いします! 私たちが日本で何をしているのか、あるいは私たちとの金銭的なパートナーシップについてご質問がありましたら、遠慮なくこのメールにご返信ください。ご連絡をお待ちしています。

In Gospel Love,

Our neighbors, the Fennels, gave us some freshly dug-up bamboo shoots the other day. Delicious.

Nozomi and I were able to "meet" with some of the brothers and sisters from a supporting church in Hawaii the other day on Zoom. They are such a blessing to us and it was fun answering all their questions about our life and ministry here in Japan. In the future, we would love to use Zoom to meet with supporters on a regular basis.

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