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Japan - Being Flexible & Trusting God

“And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you" (Ps. 9:10).

Coming on this mission trip takes, what feels like, a huge amount of faith and trust in the Lord. To know that some things may go wrong or not as planned but to be able to stop and say "It's okay, The Lords got this". As a team, I have found that no matter what has been thrown our way we have been willing to follow wherever The Lord and Pastor Bob takes us. 

I found that while doing missionary work we can often become so distracted with what we're doing or by our own exhaustion that we forget to have our own time with The Lord. We then lack the spiritual "food" that keeps us strengthened and protected during our ministry. It is up to us to keep each other and ourselves accountable to spend time with The Lord daily. Through these study's together and individually we are able to feel the presence of The Lord no matter where we are or what is going on. He guides us our steps and protects us as long as we stay faithful and seek after him.

Hannah Arenales

Japan - Being Used by God

Being the youngest on the team, I went on this trip not really knowing if I would be able to minister to the people of Japan. I doubted my ability to speak to people and my knowledge of the Bible. But so far, during this trip, God has proved me wrong. I handed out flyers, and some people even came up to me to get one. I was at J's Cafe, and I got to teach English to a Japanese girl who was my age. I think God is showing me that you only need a willing heart to do His work, and He will take care of the rest. God is really the one who is doing the work through us, we are just His instrument. It doesn't matter what age you are, because God can use anyone who simply wants and is willing to do something for Him.

Natalie Tanaka