Thank you for faithfully praying for us each week. Tonight I want to add a prayer PS from last week's update. You might remember the name Wakae Uehara from ...
Thank you for faithfully praying for us each week. Tonight I want to add a prayer PS from last week’s update.
You might remember the name Wakae Uehara from our church planting days. She was one of the first Christians in the Nakano church, who persevered despite intense opposition from her husband. On at least 4 occasions, he kicked her and their 2 children out of the house in an angry rage, and we had to find emergency housing for them. He also threatened to kill me several times for helping them. He eventually divorced her, and she remained a faithful church member until her death from cancer in 2015. Her son and daughter, and two adult grandchildren have continued faithfully living for Jesus.
Last Saturday Wakae's daughter Minako pulled me aside to tell me they are back in communication with her dad, after almost 20 years. He has terminal liver cancer and she goes to help him twice a week. Last week for the first time, he actually let her pray with him, and she hopes that soon he will agree to talk with me. She is asking prayer for God to open his heart and lead him to salvation. This saga began 30 years ago, and it seems it won’t be over until the angels sing! Thank you for praying with us again for Mr. Uehara’s salvation.
As for our other news, the UWCISAK students are back from Spring Break and the kids are swamped with work until the end of the school year. 4 of them came to Bible Study last Wednesday, and we’ve had very meaningful interactions with a couple who are teachers at the school. They’ve come to church a couple times and we hope to be able to share more about them at a later time.
Friday (April 5) was our 39th wedding anniversary so we enjoyed a wonderful brunch at a “Maine themed” restaurant named Cabot Cove, went to see a movie, enjoyed ice cream and Katie made a delicious dinner. I must have pushed myself too much because Saturday began with back spasms and the morning in bed. God gave grace, however, and I was able to prepare my message for today’s Iiyama worship service, and somehow make it through the day. The Iiyama folks seem to be really encouraged by our coming which helps make the pain all worth while.
This coming week is more of a ‘normal' work week, beginning with our Nagano area TEAM prayer day tomorrow. Please pray the week will be fruitful and that my back wil be calm. Thanks again for partnering with us.
Blessings in Him, Tim (Katie too)
Katie’s email: [email protected]
Tim’s email: [email protected]
website: www.colesinjapan.org Tim’s cell phone: 81-90-1867-1413 (email or FB messenger also work well) Katie’s cell phone: 81-90-8326-2556 (android users can use 415-968-2629 for texting) *mailing address: 1197 Karuizawa-machi, Kita Saku-gun, Nagano-ken, Japan 389-0102
Financial support may be sent via: https://team.org/givenow/us/add-donation?v2glid=94615 or by sending a check to TEAM, PO Box 1986, Grapevine, TX 76099-1986, with a note that it’s for the ministry of Tim & Katie Cole in Japan. Thank you for partnering with us.