for the students of Kobe Theological Hall of Japan
There are four young men studying at KTH who are starting to aim
towards ministry of the word. Two of them are RPs, one just started
worship at RP, and another is from a evangelical congregation nearby.
Enrollment of Fall semester was 11 course students plus auditors and
some graduate students. Thank God for good ministry of Roy Blackwood.
Pray for the ministry of Bob McFarland in February and David McKay in
April. Pray for the graduates of KTH who serve as elders, who seek to
be licensed to preach, who seek to help and serve for the congregations
in various ways, and who seek to start branch mission station of the
for the new RP missionary to Japan, Dr. M. Patricia
She will be a great help by her support to Japanese RP congregations in
various ways. She was raised up in Kobe as a missionary kid, so she
knows Japan and Japanese people as well as Japanese language well. So
she can serve as a good mentor and counselor especially for the youth.
She will help stabilizing Japanese RP members' Christian life as well
as congregation's fellowship itself. Pray for her housing and regular
income as a partly tent-making missionary. She will serve as an
effective liaison between Japan and North America. Thank God that she
could obtain the missionary visa, and Kobe Women's Univ. has already
asked her to teach four hours a week. The faculty of Kobe Theological
Hall has asked her to be the Dean of the Student and Prof. of English
and Academic Training. Her work starts from January. She is to train
Japanese students to prepare for further study in English speaking
environment, since it is indispensable and important for them and for
the Japanese RP church's future. Her responsibility also includes to
support Young RP women's prayer meeting.
for the ministry of Pastor Kanamori at Mukonosoo RPC,
Pastor Endo at Kita-Suzurandai RPMC. Pastor and Mrs. Endo is to have
their third child. Kasumigaoka RPC is vacant now. Dr.Yamaguchi,
Mr.Kato, and Mr.Kitani are elders and among them two are the graduates
of KTH. Pray for Pastor Sakai and the re-building project of
Higashisuma RPC of the earthquake damaged church building. Thank God
for the publication of new "Christ in the Psalms" and of Japanese new
edition of Westminster Shorter Catechism with references. Pray for the
completion of RP pastors' work of the translation of the RP
for the members who are in the hospital, who are in
trials spiritually, and for the new comers who are seeking to be
baptized. Pray for the non-Christian kids' attendance and interest to
the spiritual things, and for the non-Christian family members'
conversion. Pray for the youth: their calling, spiritual growth and
battle in the pagan society, their building the Christian homes in
Japan. Pray for the Japanese nation for its repentance of ungodly ways
of the society, especially National Shintoism, Pagan or Ancestor
Worship and Revival of Emperolism. Pray for our witness daily and among
our neighbors as well as prayerful zeal for evangelism in this city.
Pray for the further vision of expansion of the ministry including
sending missionary from Japan which already started as a layman's