The Vanning Family Update
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We're so thankful God allowed us to attend the first-ever City to City Japan intensive training. We come away from it with a renewed and refined vision for planting a church here, with new friendships we hope to continue in the years to come, and with a much deeper appreciation and need for the Gospel and for prayer. 

November 2020 Update

Church Planting


Thank you for all your prayers for us! Nozomi and I learned so much in the City to City Japan, two-week church-planting intensive training. More than half of the sessions were in Japanese only. So I had a chance to really practice Japanese listening comprehension too. The fellowship with other church-planters was refreshing. The wisdom from experienced church-planters here in Japan was really helpful in developing a timeframe for our church plant and in clarifying our vision. Which I hope to share more clearly in a following update. 

God answered your prayers for our safety as we commuted to the center of Tokyo! We enjoyed the time talking about vision and discussing what we learned in each day's sessions. It was nice to take time at the beginning of each day at a coffee shop near the venue to pray together as well. 
毎日、都心へ運転しましたが、神様は道のりも守ってくださり、皆さんの祈りに答えてくださいました! 移動中はビジョンについて話したり、セッションで学んだことを話し合ったりして、楽しい時間を過ごしました。毎朝、セッションの前に、会場近くのカフェで一緒に祈る時間を持つことができたのは感謝でした。 

We were able to become friends with many different church-planters. We also gathered some great advice for assembling our "core team" for our church plant. 

Maki and the children survived the two weeks as well! Thank you for praying

Please continue to pray that God provides 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 continue to pray for God to give us wisdom as we hope to begin planting a church here in our area in the next few months. As far as we know, there are no gospel-centered, international churches on our side of the city.

Please keep in touch! You and your love and care for us are a great blessing to us. We are so honored to be working together with you to take the Gospel to the millions of lost in Japan. 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.
これからもよろしくお願いします! 皆さんの愛とケアは私たちにとって大きな祝福です。日本で多くの失われた魂に福音を伝えるために、皆さんと一緒に働けることをとても光栄に思っています。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返信してください。皆様とのコミュニケーションを楽しみにしています。

This is a group picture taken on the last day of the seminar.
I was so thankful to be able to take Nozomi out for lunch on her birthday, which fell in the middle of our two weeks of training. 


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