Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bon Voyage!

Halka Shitabayashi has gone to the Philippines on June 16, 2009 for a three-year counseling course at the Alliance Graduate School in Quezon City. Please pray for her adjustment, safety, study and smooth processing of her student visa.

Halka is our international congregation's first Japanese to consider preparing and doing full-time ministry. Praise the Lord!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Sad Events

I just want to covet your prayers for the family of Perseveranda So who died in a terrorist attack in Pakistan. She was serving as chief of education for UNICEF when terrorists bombed the Pearl Continental Hotel where she was temporarily staying in Peshawar, Pakistan last Tuesday (9 June). Percy, as she was known to her colleagues, family and friends, is one of the three daughters of Ernesto and Cora So, members of the church I used to pastor in the Philippines. Percy’s remains are yet to be repatriated to the Philippines.

You may read the news story from the following site:


On a separate note, please include in your prayers my parents in the Philippines, who have to oversee the funeral of my uncle Eustaquio Rey. He passed away this Wednesday (June 10th) after being bedridden for several months.

Thanks for your prayers for them.

Pastor Joseph

Monday, June 8, 2009

Latest News from AKC

SAYONARA: Some of the exchange students have returned to their home countries recently. They are Danielle Rae Nieves, Jean Lin and Greg Slover.

Likewise, a team of six students from Georgia University, GA bade farewell after a two-week mission exposure trip here in Kyoto City. We were blessed by their prayers, testimonies, participation in the campus Bible classes, and in the worship services. Megan Hallford led the team.

Last June 3rd, Timothy Williams II left for Louisiana after serving with us for almost six months. Lord-willing, he intends to come back by June 29th. Please pray for his financial needs.

After studying in the US and working in Japan for several years, Halka Shitabayashi is moving again. This time, she is going to the Philippines to pursue a Master's course in counseling. It's exciting because she is the very first one to decide to serve the Lord full-time in the future from the International congregation. She is leaving on June 16, 2009 with our church's prayers and partial financial support.

WELCOME: We are sad to see people leave, but we are glad to welcome those who have come regularly to our services recently: Mark & Lois Whitson (Utah, USA), Patroba Odera (Kenya), Miki Liu (Taiwan/Australia), Mihoko Okuyama (Japan), Allan Alipio (Philippines) and Yoko Maruyama (Japan).

MINISTRY EXPANSION: Praise the Lord for additional Bible classes that He led us to open. The church now has two classes at Osaka Medical College (Takatsuki City) and four classes at Doshisha University (Kyoto City). We also have four other classes/Gospel meetings at Kyoto University.

BAPTISMS: Last Sunday (June 7th), four people were baptized at the Japanese service. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 105:3 - "Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice."