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April ’10 Prayer Letter

We’re trying a new service this month that could prove to be super helpful! We have quite a bit of news. You can read it all here. Please tell us what you think via email or in the comments!

January Prayer Letter

Sorry this is so late getting up here. Life has been a blur for us the past few months but we’ve realized that many people missed our January update. So in case you need it, here it is (right-click to download).

Counting Down the Days

Well, It’s the end of September, and we are getting impatient to get home! We have about 10 days left and we are just packing and planning. There are only small things left to do so that is helpful. We just wanted to do an update for everyone since things have changed and might be a little confusing. Matt is still searching for a job. Well, more like waiting. There are a lot of small freelance jobs that are a possibility but we would like the idea of something more full time. Matt has been doing some web design projects while he has the time here, expanding his opportunities for future work. If any of you need a website, let us know! Matt is building his portfolio now.

I haven’t been looking for a job too much because it is hard to find something part time that I think I would enjoy in Lynchburg. We don’t think it is wise for me to work full time and do school full time. Oh, and as a side note to clear things up, I have picked the Fashion Merchandising and Interiors major shooting for interior design. That is a 4-year degree. So, we were hoping for Matt to work and me just focus on school. Not knowing if that is possible, I have sent in my application to Liberty. My hope is to also do some freelancing in the beauty department. I do makeup and nails, so, again, if anyone needs a makeup artist for a wedding or event, let me know! There is so much that we want to accomplish, but we know it takes time and money. So, we are looking forward to taking this next step in our lives slowly. Which brings me to my next topic, our future.

We have a 5 year plan that includes school, finishing school, paying off school, and starting our family. Though, we are still leaving room and time for God to lead us. We are done with the crazy busy lifestyle of go, go, go! We are ready to take it slow and have time to let God lead us. So, that is why we are not looking at full time missionary life in Japan for the future. We love Japan, and we have learned so much. Most of all, that God is still guiding us. This is just the next step. We don’t even know where we will be in 1 year! But, we are prepared and we want to at least have this plan. We hope to be able to support missionaries and visit Japan on short term trips. But, as of right now, we do not plan to be career missionaries. We know that God has lead us to this decision, and truly feel like we are in His will right now. Leaving Japan was one of the hardest decisions we have made and will be heartbreaking to leave these relationships, but we also remember the  decisions that God has lead us to make in the past similar to this and we know it won’t be the last.

That’s all for now, I will put a video up on youtube with this same info in it. If you have any questions, please let us know. As always, thank you for your payers and encouragement. See you soon!

September Prayer Letter

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Site Changes

Well, it looks like we are going to make a blog jump sooner than I thought. I had planned on slowly importing everything over to a new setup and making the switch seamless and perfect, but annual conference forced me to do it much sooner than I had expected. However, I can see some of the immediate benefits, so I guess we’ll keep it this way for now. iWeb, which hosts the older files, was horrible for our google results, so we’d like to change that.

If you are looking for something that used to be here, just shoot me an email and I’ll give you a link. The old content can still be found at http://web.me.com/ReedsinJapan/ReedsinJapan/Welcome.html So, from here, I will start uploading content from the old site. Starting with some videos!

Japan Tour Done!

Hey Everyone! We just got back tonight from our long tour of Japan and we are happy to be home! After TEAM conference ended, we went down to Tokyo for a week and met with some amazing missionaries down there. Then we went to see a friend in Osaka for a day before spending a few days in Kobe. It’s been a lot of time of thinking forward and meeting amazing people God is using in different ministries. We’ll work on getting all our pictures up sometime within the next week.

Café Ministry

It’s been too long since we’ve written last. And that’s mainly because our days have been packed full of meetings, travel, sight-seeing, and meeting other missionaries.

TEAM conference ended on Saturday and we decided to stay with the Taylors one more night. That night their friends from Tokyo came to visit. The husband happens to be a writer for the pokemon comic book! It was neat to meet them and their sweet kids. For dinner, Christina and Kye made pasta.

On Sunday, the Taylors surprised us by buying our shinkansen tickets to Tokyo. It’s the best way to travel, but we were expecting to take the cheaper express train.

We’ve been exploring and shopping in Tokyo all week and everyday we’ve come home worn out. On Tue., we took a tour of Tokyo with a veteran missionary, Tom Sloan. He taught us many historical and spiritual insights that I hope we’ll never forget.

The past two days, we met with two couples who are doing something very new and very exciting here in Tokyo. They are launching a Café in mid-October here in Tokyo. It’s very exciting to us and the more we’ve heard, the cooler it sounds. Yesterday, we even got to see the empty room that will be transformed very soon into the Café.

Finally, please pray with us as we are going through some tough decision-making about our future and the future of our ministry. We’ll write about it as soon as things clear up, but as of now the possibilities are too numerous to write about. We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s guidance in this.

Pictures!

Annual Conference has begun!

Well, we haven’t sufficiently informed everyone, but every year, TEAM Japan has an annual conference for one week in Karuizawa. We survived the 10 hour road trip and made it by dinner-time on friday night. It was a pretty good ride, the iphone deserves credit for that. When we arrived, it was suprisingly cold! We had gotten used to the 90 degree weather, and so coming here to mid 70′s was a real treat! Everything is green here too, it’s nice to see mountains and trees again. We are staying with the Taylors, who we met while in training when we were still in the U.S.  They are spoiling us with great food and fun.

Today was day one, and it flew by. Mainly, because it didn’t start until 3pm. But, tomorrow starts the real schedule. We will be giving our presentation tomorrow, telling everyone about ourselves and why we came to Japan and our future plans. Last night, we experienced our first earthquake too! It wasn’t very big, but it did last a while. After it happened, we looked to see if there was any news about it, and supposedly it was a 7.0 in Tokyo! Somewhere out in the sea, so no reported damage yet. It was a little exciting though, I have to admit. Unfortunately, Matt wasn’t able to experience the rumble because he was in the shower. Oh well, there’s always next time…

Love you all!

Temporary Site!

Hey everyone! We’re away from our computer at annual conference this week, so I set up a temporary page so that we can keep the updates coming! I’ll put the old one up once we’re home, but it’ll be a few weeks. If you need to see something on our current site, please click here. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us: reedsinjapan [at] gmail [dot] com

Exam Week 1

Tonight we had a small, but good ESS meeting. Exams have started for everyone and many students are studying their hearts out. We read Mark 5:1-20, which is the story of Jesus exorcising “Legion” from the man in the tombs. While we read, one student talked to Bruce at length about spiritual things. We couldn’t fully listen, but it sounded intense.

After ESS, everyone quickly left – a rare occurrence, prompted by tests no doubt. Christina, Sarah, Joey, and I all began to talk and our discussion quickly turned to spiritual things. We all discussed a spiritual oppression or need that demanded prayer, so we spontaneously broke into a prayer meeting. We prayed for students and our own spiritual well-being, and I ask you to do the same. Please remember us all in prayer this weekend, and pray for the spiritual darkness over Japan.