The Vanning Family Update
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our small family in Japan. (By "small" I mean stature, not numbers.)

 2020 Holiday Update

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Vannings!


Thank you for all your prayers for us! We're so thankful God has gifted us with such wonderful, loving ministry partners. Your faithful support through prayers and giving has upheld us during these dark times. May God bless you richly for your kindness to us. 

Although we are living in strange times, we have the assurance of a glorious future through Christ. God kept his age-old promise and, in his perfect timing, sent his Son to live, to die, and to rise again, restoring our broken relationship with him. If he was willing to give his only Son, keeping his promise of restoration, how much more will he keep his promise of a glorious future with him through Christ! This is what our family will be celebrating this Christmas. 

I want to take an entire email update to share our vision and plan for a church plant here in Japan. I am planning to do so next month. We ask that you pray for us as we prepare to begin church-planting efforts after the New Year holiday. We need wisdom in so many different areas. God needs to do so many miracles for this church-plant to happen. That is why we plead for your prayers. 

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 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。ご連絡をお待ちしています。

In Gospel Love,

After Emi's Karate test, she found this Japanese side dish at the store. It's candied locusts. You can probably tell by her eyes whether she bought it or not. 

恵実の空手の審査が終わった後に お店で見つけた食べ物ーイナゴの甘露煮です。買ったかどうかは 彼女の目を見れば分かるでしょう。

Taishi and Emi had their elementary school field day the other day. Of course, there were COVID regulations. The grades competed in shifts and only two different events per class. One of the events was a traditional dance that the children had memorized. Taishi's dance was about a fisherman. 


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