The photo of the beautiful yellow tulips above was taken by colleague Jim Peterson. They were growing, along with many other tulips a couple weeks ago, in the yard at “Grace House”, the volunteer base camp for relief efforts of the 3.11 Network in the city of Ofunato. It was a remarkable reminder of the new life and hope which occasionally breaks through even in the midst of continuing dire circumstances in much of post-tsunami northern Japan.
Dear Friends & Prayer Partners,
It’s May 30th as I write this… I’m sitting in the passenger seat of our car as Andrea is driving. We are taking a brief three day trip north to the coastal city of Ofunato…. mostly for the two of us to just get away, spend some time talking and praying…. and to give Andrea a chance to see some of the tsunami-stricken areas in Iwate Prefecture that she’s heard about from me. Ofunato was one of the cities along the coast that was particularly hard-hit by the tsunami of 3.11 / 2011. We hope to meet the staff at Grace House, the base camp for volunteers … and finally, we hope to make a few contacts with local people as we pray about needed housing for new covenant missionaries Stephen & Soo Bay who are hoping to work in this very area for two years beginning this summer.
But the report of this trip will have to come later. Right now we want to fill you in with a brief report on May activities and to enlist your prayer for some June items.
Thanks to First Covenant Seattle for sending this great team! And thanks to all of you reading this who prayed with us about the planning and details of this trip. We felt like our prayers were answered in so many wonderful ways.
- Akagi Bible Camp – thanks for praying for the summer camping schedule that lies ahead. Although Tim is no longer chair of the camp board, we will continue to be involved in various aspects of the camping program. As Japanese children are still in school through most of July, the busiest camping schedule happens in August. But June and July are filled with building and grounds maintenance and preparation.
- Andrea’s summer schedule – teaching at the university continues until the middle of July. Then, for ten days after that Andrea will be in Chicago for “year 3” (the final year) of a certificate program that she will be completing in spiritual direction. Thanks for praying about both her teaching and her own studies.
- Sam, Lilla, and Sky – as always, thanks for remembering our children in your prayers…. for good summer activities…. and that each of them would grow in their relationship with God.
- Thanks for praying for the churches we are serving at: Shibukawa and Isesaki in Gunma, and Kurume Bible Fellowship in Tokyo.
Your partners in prayer and mission,
Tim & Andrea Johnson
(Sam, Lilla & Sky)