It was a good Sunday today.
The Evergreen Sanctuary was filled to capacity with Evergreen members, guests from last Saturday's J.O.Y. Club Christmas Party, and lots of children. The worship was very lively with the Evergreen members raising their voices in great praise to God. Michael gave his personal testimony and Yuriko delivered the morning’s message. It was good.
After the service, our guests retired to the first floor salon for appetizers while the church members set up the sanctuary for the Christmas lunch and program. As food goes in Japan, and at home, there was a lot of it – more than we could consume. Then it was on to the party where Stan MC’d (Michael translating) the program filled with fun and games. Sorry, again, we missed getting pictures of the festivities due to the busyness of the party. But rest assured, we had fun! It was good to see the first timer’s to church truly enjoying themselves. Tsuguru shared a short homily on how God was faithful in his time of need as he encountered the trials of being a college student on a strict budget. It was heartwarming and Tsuguru had the attention of everyone there. Thank you for your prayers.
Our Sunday ended again with good food and great fellowship. Hiromi Matsushima and her husband, Nori, invited 13 of us to their home for Nori’s home cooking. He is a very good cook at night and a high level business executive during the day. Nori prepared an assortment of dishes and they were all delicious. Our tummies overflowed, again.
So our time and mission in Machida comes to a close. We’ll have a debrief meeting with Joy in the morning and spend the rest of the day cleaning and packing. Yuriko will head to Yokohama; Michael will travel to Chino; and Diane and Stan will catch an 11:00pm flight from Haneda.
It has been a good trip. Our team is forever grateful for your support and prayers. Your generosity has flowed on to Joy, the Evergreen Chapel, and the people whom we visited and ministered to. Thank you, dear family, for keeping us ever mindful of the love of God, the grace and mercy of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
And we will praise Him,
Your Machida Team
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