Vanning Japan Update

Planting Passionate Churches in Each of the Eight Regions of Japan

Two Months Left! 残り2か月!

Mona has a lot of love in her life already. Taishi loves holding his baby sister.

As we mentioned in our previous update, we will be leaving Greenville, SC for Japan on September 13th. Thank you so much for your prayers. We’re excited about everything God is doing as we follow His leading to Japan. He is answering your prayers in an incredible way.
前回のニュースレターにも書いたように、私たちがグリーンビルから、日本へ出発する日が9月13日となりました。皆様のお祈りを心から感謝します。私たちを日本へ導いていらっしゃる神様が、様々な方法を通して祈りを聞いてくださっていることを覚え、感謝します。

Nozomi and the baby are doing well after a rather frightening, complicated delivery (one month early). Mona has doubled her birthweight in the last two months. Pray for Nozomi’s back as she’s been feeling a lot of pain lately.
最愛は予定日より一か月早く生まれ、そして出産時にも少し問題がありましたが、母子ともに今は順調に回復しています。最愛の体重は生後の体重から2倍に増えました。家内の腰の痛みの為にお祈りいただければ幸いです。

Next week I will be flying to PA with our oldest son to speak at a church in the morning and evening services, our last trip on the calendar before we leave. Pray for safety and good opportunities to speak the Gospel into Taishi’s life, to reinforce that he is loved and secure. He’s been needing some good “Daddy time” with everything going on lately. Once we return we’ll be working on getting everything ready to move to Japan!
来週、私たちは、ペンシルベニア州へ、デピュテーション、最後の旅を予定しています。今回は、長男と飛行機で行くことになっています。旅路が守られるように、教会での礼拝、夕拝の説教のとりつぎの為、そして、この福音が息子、大志の心にも語られ、神様によって彼が愛され、守られているということを知ることができるように、お祈り下さい。最近の多忙なスケジュールの中、大志との一対一の時間が必要になっているように感じます。グリーンビルに戻り次第、いよいよ引っ越しの準備に取り掛かかる予定です。

Right now we’re working on details for shipping some of our household items and books to Japan. If you know of any good international shipping companies please email and let me know. We have an ever-growing wall of boxes to greet our guests as they enter our home here in SC.
今は、家具や本などの荷物を、日本へ送る方法を試行錯誤しているところです。もし、皆さんの中でインターナーショナル配送会社をご存知のお方がいらっしゃったら、ご連絡していただけますか?梱包した段ボールの壁は、日に日に高くなっており、玄関から入ってくるお客さんを驚かせています。

Our final push for monthly ministry partners is going really well. We only need $300 a month more in order to leave for Japan (counting verbal commitments). Please click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25 so we can leave for Japan in September. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)
神様の祝福のうちに、日本へ出発するまでに必要な毎月のサポートは、$1000から$300となりました。毎月$200、$100、$50、$25、献金できるお方がいらっしゃれば、ここをクリックして下さい。

Take 7 minutes to watch our video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Let your friends know about our ministry by posting our video or website on Facebook.

Our family picture for Mona’s two month birthday, she’s growing so fast! Thank you for your prayers for her. 最愛2カ月。最愛の為にお祈りを感謝します。

It has been such a joy having my grandparents nearby for my children. My Japanese grandmother gave us a scare a few weeks ago and was in the hospital for a week. She’s home now and enjoying being with her great-grandchildren. 過去7年、祖父母が、私たちの子供たちの近くにいれたことは本当に感謝なことでした。祖母は数週間前に体調を壊し、入院していましたが、今は自宅療養中で、ひ孫たちが遊びに来るのを楽しみにしています。

A Huge Step!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Where else would you pick to hang out with your dad? 謙清とクリスピー・クリーム・ドーナツにて。

God has provided tickets to Japan for an unbelievable price! In his perfect timing,God provided tickets for $7,000 less (total family price) than what we had budgeted. We found tickets for about $600 per person! I’ve never seen tickets that cheap! God is good. He is clearly verifying His desire for us to be in Japan. So we now have a date of departure! We will be leaving Greenville, SC for Japan on September 13th. Thank you so much for your prayers.

神様は、私たちに、とても安い飛行機のチケットを与えて下さいました。神様の最適なタイミングにより、飛行機のチケット代に割り当てていた予算よりも、$7000安い値段、一人当たり、約$600でチケットを購入することができたのです。このような値段は今までに見たことのない値段です。このことを通して、御心を示して下さった神様は本当に素晴らしいお方です。日本への出発日は、9月13日となりました。皆様のお祈りを心から感謝します。

We are now in the final push for monthly ministry partners. We only need $1000 a month more in order to leave for Japan. Please click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25 so we can leave for Japan in September. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

ついに私たちのデピュテーションの旅も最終コースを進み始めました。9月に日本へ出発するまで、毎月$1000のサポートが必要です。$200、$100、$50、$25でも、毎月献金によるサポートができるお方は、ここをクリックして下さい。

Take 7 minutes to watch our video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Let your friends know about our ministry by posting our video or website on Facebook.

Our church family has really been making it hard to leave them for Japan. They’ve been helping us by taking the kids on outings to the park, even strawberry picking, and by making meals for our entire family. Of course, ice cream is always fun on a hot SC spring afternoon. We love our church.  いちご狩りに連れて行ってくれた友人と、アイスクリームを楽しむ子供たち。教会の兄弟姉妹は、最愛の世話や、引っ越しの準備をする私たちの為に、子供たちを外に連れ出してくれたりと、積極的に助けてくれます。本当に感謝な事です。

Taishi had his last Japanese Saturday School class here in Greenville, SC. He is going to miss all his friends he has made over the years. 大志のグリーンビルサタデースクール、最終日。2歳の時から通い始めた日本人土曜学校では、多くの良いお友達と先生に恵まれ、国語と算数の学習をすることができました。

Surprise Blessing!

God, in His sovereignty, chose to bless our family a month early! Mona 最愛 (“highest love” in Japanese) Grace Vanning was born at 2:54 am on May 2nd. She was 4 weeks early but a healthy 5 lbs 9 oz and 19.5 inches long. Nozomi lost a LOT of blood due to some serious complications but is now doing much better. Thank you for your prayers. We are all home from the hospital now.

We chose Mona 最愛 Grace for two reasons: first, because of it’s beautiful meaning in Japanese thinking of the “highest love” of Jesus on the cross. Second, because it is a name that will be a constant reminder of God’s grace to us through our community of believers in the LifeGroup (small group) we’ve grown to love over the last 5 years. We will miss their grace, truth, love, and fellowship tremendously in Japan.

I will be “out of the office” for the next week or so to care for my wife and children. But please do not hesitate to contact me. My reply may be a little later than usual, but I will get back to you as soon as possible.

At this time I only have one more planned traveling engagement. However we have multiple churches we hope will start supporting us in the coming months.

But we need more individuals on our monthly support team. By having more individuals on our support team we can spend more time in the churches we visit. Our hope is to be a blessing to the pastors of each church and to you when we are home on furlough. We don’t want to be just another picture in your lobby, but we want to be your friends and family who are serving the Lord in Japan. We need more individual partners in order to accomplish this.

We are a little over 65% of our needed monthly pledge support. We still need about $2000 a month more. If you have not set up a monthly pledge now is the time. We would be honored to have you on our team. Click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

Take 7 minutes to watch our video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Let your friends know about our ministry by posting our video or website on Facebook.

 

Almost there! (bilingual)

We got to see Sight and Sound’s Jonah with our dear friends, Baron and Jen Smith, and our families to celebrate Baron’s birthday and mine. Sight and Soundにて。お誕生日祝いを兼ねて、友人家族と「ヨナ」を鑑賞しました。

So much has happened since our last update. We had the honor to speak to a Korean church about the need in Japan. We’ve traveled to PA and FL and shared our vision for Japan with churches and individuals. God has brought many ministry partners into our lives.
前回のニュースレターから色々な出来事がありました。グリーンビル市内の韓国人教会で、日本の魂の為に祈りを募る機会が与えられたことが一つです。そして、その後、ペンシルベニア州とフロリダ州の諸教会を巡り、日本宣教へのビジョンを分かち合うことが出来ました。

Thank you for your prayers for us as we travel. We made it safely back to Travelers Rest, SC without incident. We did battle a bit of a stomach virus while in PA, but God blessed our time with believers there and in FL. We are looking forward to seeing our daughter born in the next few weeks.
私たちのデピュテーションの旅の為に祈って下さっていることを覚え、心から感謝します。神様のお守りのうちに、今週の火曜日に無事にサウスカロライナ州トラベラーズレストに戻ることが出来ました。ペンシルベニア州では、嘔吐下痢にも見舞われましたが、フロリダ州では主にある兄弟姉妹たちと共に良い交わりの時を持つことが許されました。今は、あと数週間で生まれるであろう子供に会えるのを楽しみにしています。

We are now at 65% of our needed monthly pledge support. Only one third of the way left! We are almost there. We are expecting much more support from individuals and churches in the next few months.
今現在の月額サポートレベルは65%です。残り3分の1、あともう一息です。

We are planning on leaving for Japan at the end of August. Although everything has not been solidified yet, our plan for when we arrive in Japan is for me to study Japanese full-time with the goal of preaching in Japanese in two years. We also plan to visit multiple churches in the Chiba/Tokyo area during my time in language school. Having friendships with believers in the area will be essential as we reach the people of Japan with the Gospel. It’s so exciting to be a part of what God is doing in Japan!
私たちの予定は、8月末に日本へ発つことです。まだ何も確定していませんが、最初の2年間は語学習得のために(日本語で説教できるようになるように)フルタイムで日本語を勉強することを考えています。その間に、千葉と東京周辺の諸教会を訪れ、日本で福音を述べ伝えるうえで必要な、他の兄弟姉妹たちとの交流と必要な学びを経験できれば、と祈っています。

We still need about $2000 a month more. To help us reach our monthly need, join our monthly support team. Click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)
毎月の約束献金の必要額に、あと2千ドル必要としています。献金できる方がいらっしゃれば、ここをクリックして下さい。

Take 7 minutes to watch our video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Let your friends know about our ministry by posting our video or website on Facebook.

What a joy to spend time with the Conovers (he was my youth pastor about 25 years ago) and to speak at their church. 25年前の私のユースパスター(青年たちへの牧師)でおられたコノーバー先生ご夫妻と共に。先生が牧会されている教会で礼拝を取り次ぐことが来たことは、大きな喜びでした。

Visited Ft. Desoto with our dear friends, Rob and Amy Garland, in Tampa. 友人のガーランド家と共に、フロリダ州タンパにある要塞にて。

Monthly Goals (Bilingual)

We’re excited about 2017. God has been doing some amazing works in our lives. We are looking forward to him doing more in the coming months.

2017年も神様に大いに期待する年であります。神様の今までの御業を見る時に、これから神様がどのように導いてくださるのか、楽しみです。

Thank you for your prayers about us making decisions concerning moving to Japan. It’s awesome to see our plans solidifying before our eyes. I’ll wait till next month to give you more details about what is happening. God is answering your prayers! We’re so excited to be a part of what God is doing in Japan.

日本へ向かう準備を進めるうえで、皆様のお祈りを心から感謝しております。私たちの目の前で次第に神様の御心が明確に示されていくのは、本当に素晴らしいことです。次回のニュースレターで、更に詳しくお知らせしますが、神様が皆様のお祈りをお聞きくださっているのは確かです。

Please continue praying for us as we travel, especially with Nozomi being pregnant and keeping up with Taishi’s homeschooling, while taking care of his two littler siblings.

続けて、デピュテーションが守られるように、旅先でホームスクーリングを続けながら、子供を世話する、身重の家内の為、お祈り下さい。

For the next four months, that’s February, March, April, and May, our monthly goal is to raise $900 in monthly pledges each month. If we can meet this monthly goal we will be ready to leave for Japan after our daughter is born (yes, it’s a girl!) at the end of May.

私たちは、2月、3月、4月、5月の、4か月間で、月$900サポートが増えるように、祈っています。この目標額が達成された時、つまり、5月末には、日本へ出発する準備が整うわけなのです。(5月末に次女が生まれる予定。)

To help us reach our goal this month of $900 in monthly pledges, join our monthly support team. Click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

目標額の月$900に、貢献できる方は、ここをクリックして下さい。

Take 7 minutes to watch our video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Let your friends know about our ministry by posting our video or website on Facebook.

Although we’ve had some snow in SC (see picture at top), it seems most days are warm enough to go without coats or jackets and to go bike riding!

We’re glad we get to spend time with my grandparents when we’re in SC. It’s a treasured time watching them enjoy my children and my children enjoying them.

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Happy New Year (bilingual)

dsc_0127God has done some amazing things in 2016. We began our deputation journey a year ago and God has lead us to New Hampshire, Hawaii, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, and Missouri. Throughout it all God has provided our needs, using you as His means.

新年明けましておめでとうございます。 2016年は、神様の素晴らしい御業を見る年となりました。年の初めからデピュテーションの旅が始まり、神様は私たちをニューハンプシャー州から、ハワイ州、ペンシルベニア州、ノースカロライナ州、サウスカロライナ州、ウェストバージニア州、ミズーリ州へと導かれました。デピュテーション中も、神様は祈りのサポーターとしてお与え下さった皆様を通して、私たちの必要を満たして下さいました。

We now have multiple churches and individuals from across the country partnering with us to take the Gospel to the second largest unreached people group in the world, the Japanese people. Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving. We are halfway there. God has brought us from 0% to 50% of our needed monthly pledge amounts to live and minister in Japan.

世界で2番目に福音が述べ伝えられていない人々とされている日本人に、キリストの福音を述べ伝えるべく、私たちと共に祈りと金銭的な援助をもって支えて下さるサポーターは、今現在アメリカ全国に広がりつつあります。皆様のお祈りと、献金を心から感謝いたします。神様は、私たち家族が日本で生活し、伝道する為に必要な毎月の金額の半分をもう既に満たして下さいました。

We have two more trips planned for 2017 so far and hopefully others as we meet more contacts. God is good, all the time, and we continue to trust Him to use His people to supply our needs as we plan a big move this year, from South Carolina to Japan.

今年は2か所へのデピュテーションの旅が決まっております。更に続けて日本へのビジョンを分かち合える機会が増えることを祈るとともに、今も昔も変わらない忠実なる神様が、サウスカロライナ州から日本への大きな変化を迎える私たち家族の必要を、続けて満たして下さることを信じています。

Our timeline of moving to Japan in the Spring (April/May) might need to be moved back just at bit. We have another Vanning that wants to enter the world at that time (May 30th due date). We will keep you posted as the little one develops.

2017年の春ごろ(4月か5月)に日本へ発つことを祈っていましたが、その時期に出産が重なる為、最善の時を祈っているところです。追って詳細をお知らせします。

Please keep us in your prayers as we travel, especially with Nozomi being pregnant. Pray for us as we make many decisions about moving. I feel a little dizzy when I try to think of all that needs to be done both here in the US and also in Japan to move our family of 5+1 to the other side of the globe. But it’s exciting to be a part of what God is doing in Japan.

デピュテーションの旅を続ける中で、特に妊娠中の家内の為に祈って下さると感謝です。又、引っ越し関係で様々な決断を下すときに、知恵が与えられるようお祈り下さい。米国を出る際の手続き、そして家族5人プラス新生児を連れて地球の反対側へ移動、引っ越しをすることを考えるだけで、目の当たりにしている現状に圧倒される思いですが、日本の地で神様がなさる御業の一端を担うことができるということは、素晴らしいことです。

Join our monthly support team. Click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.) If everyone who reads this gave $200, $100, $50 or $25 we would immediately be at 100%.

毎月の献金によるサポートに加わって下さいませんか?ここで、毎月献金を登録することができます。仮にこのニュースレターを読むすべての方々が、$200、$100、$50、$25の毎月献金を約束してくださるなら、私たちのサポートレベルは直ぐに100%に到達します!

Watch our 7 minute video about the need in Japan and visit our website here. Share them on Facebook. Let your friends know about our ministry.

最後に、改めて、皆様のお祈りを、心から感謝いたします。2017年が、私たち一人一人にとって、神様のご栄光を現す年となりますように、神様に仕える者として、更に神様を愛し、神様を心から信頼する者と変えられますように祈ります。

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God Became Flesh

dsc_0059Merry Christmas! It’s that time of year again. Music about our Lord is played on loudspeakers throughout the US (even at Disney World) and as far as Japan! People, whether believers or not, take a little more time to think of how they can show love to others. Many give gifts to their loved ones or favorite charity or both.

Christmas time has always been my favorite time of year. Ever since I was a little child I looked forward to decorating the house with lights and ornaments, sitting around the tree opening presents with my family. Even trying to find where my mom hid the presents beforehand was fun, though I don’t recall ever finding her stash.

This Christmas season I am recapturing the joy I had as a child by thinking about this, God became flesh. God became flesh (John 1:1, 14). The eternal, holy, all powerful, Creator of the universe became flesh to rescue this broken world and broken people from its own depravity. Knowing Him and His grace and truth, seeing His glory is the greatest gift ever! This is the message we want to bring to broken people in Japan.

We are at 45% of our needed $6600 in monthly pledges to live and minister in Japan. That’s a total of $79,200 a year! This month three churches are voting to partner with us. Another church just recently verbally committed to partnering with us once we get to Japan. I’ll let you know next month where we are percentage wise after everything is said and done.

God is good, all the time. He’s directed us miraculously to the area in Japan where we will begin ministry and language school (for me), a place just outside of Tokyo called Makuhari. He’s connected us with various groups of brothers and sisters who are passionate about the Gospel and reaching the Japanese people with it. He already knows who He wants to be our partners in getting to Japan. He has not turned His back on us and He has not turned his back on the Japanese people.

We’re very excited about what God is doing in Japan, and we’re excited about being a part of it. Partner with us in reaching Japan with the Gospel:

Join our monthly support team. If you haven’t already, click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $25. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

Introduce us to someone you know who may be interested in partnering with us as well. Talk to your friends, business owners looking for tax write-offs. Ask them to watch our video on our website here. Forward our update to them. Send us their contact info so we can contact them.

And please continue to pray for us as we look for more partners!

Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your love and care for us. We are excited and humbled to be working together with you to take the gospel to the many lost in Japan.

Nozomi and I believe that together with you, through His power, we can reach the millions of lost Japanese and see God transform them from the 2nd largest unreached people group to a reached and reaching people group.

If you have any questions please email us. We look forward to sharing more of our burden and vision with you.

We hope you have a truly merry Christmas, full of grace and truth.

Although the temperature was in the eighties we enjoyed the Christmas decorations and music playing on the speakers in all the places we went in FL.

My parents took the whole family on vacation to FL. It was great spending time with the whole family together. These times grow more precious as we prepare to move to Japan next year.

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Only Believe

If you haven’t read our previous update “Impossible Goals,” go ahead and click here to get caught up. We faced an impossible goal for the summer. God was using it to make us trust Him. In our last update we hadn’t met our goal yet.

The day after I sent our last update God increased our monthly pledge amount to 41%! Although my faith wavered He remained faithful. I think of Jesus sleeping peacefully in the back of the boat as the storm threatens to sink the ship. When the disciples wake Him, He calms the tempest immediately with just two words. Then He says, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

What keeps me from running toward situations that will make my God great? How could David run out to engage a ten foot tall behemoth? Jesus turns to me, looks me in the eyes and says, “Don’t fear, only believe” And so I ask God to help me trust Him more fully. I want to trust Him so completely that if He asks me to make more impossible goals (and I’m sure He will) I will remain confident He will do it.

We need $6600 in monthly pledges to live and minister in Japan. $6600 a month! That’s $79,200 a year! It seems like a massive wave ready to engulf my tiny boat. Impossible. But Jesus is worthy of my trust. He is the God of the impossible. Now we are at 44% of that need.

Trusting is hard for me. Maybe it is for you as well. Maybe God has been working in your heart to do something impossible. Maybe it’s something like giving more to missions or even leaving home to share the gospel in a needy land like Japan. Maybe He’s leading you to live life more intentionally, boldly taking opportunities to share the Gospel with those He has placed in your life. Remember Jesus’ words, “Don’t fear, only believe,” and then trust Him to take care of you, to meet your needs. That’s what this whole deputation time has been teaching me.

Partner with us for our impossible goal of reaching Japan with the Gospel:

Join our monthly support team. If you haven’t already, click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $20. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

Second, introduce us to someone you know who may be interested in partnering with us as well. Talk to your friends, business owners looking for tax write-offs. Ask them to watch our video on our website here. Share our update with them.

And please continue to pray!

Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your love and care for us. We are excited and humbled to be working together with you to take the gospel to the many lost in Japan.

Nozomi and I believe that together with you, through His power, we can reach the millions of lost Japanese and see God transform them from the 2nd largest unreached people group to a reached and reaching people group.

If you have any questions please email us. We look forward to sharing more of our burden and vision with you.

We were in the St. Louis area in October. Got to visit my Uncle’s church, Valley Park Chapel. We loved getting to know the great people there… and holding rare butterflies under the Gateway Arch.

We made it back to SC just in time for our sending church, Hampton Park’s harvest festival. Taishi and Emi got their faces painted for the first time by Pastor Conley. Preacher, artist, great combo.

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Impossible Goals

Have you ever set a goal and no matter how hard you tried nothing seemed to work out? A few months ago we set a summer goal to double our monthly pledge amount from 20% to 40%. I knew it was practically impossible for this to happen unless God did something amazing. I was looking forward to seeing Him do a miracle, actually. You see, I’ve never put myself out in such a vulnerable position before. This whole deputation process has been uncomfortably vulnerable for me. I like safe, defensible positions.

As the summer moved along my faith wavered. Doubt took the place of trust. As the end of August crept up on us we were only a little over 25%. I started thinking of ways I could explain this to you. Maybe I could just ignore it and you wouldn’t notice. Maybe I could make an excuse for why we only reached 27% instead of 40% by the end of the summer. “Lots of people were going on vacation and not in a position to give.” “Summertime is really slow.” Excuses, excuses. I even tested some of these out on a few of my friends. They seemed to work. My trust level was plummeting to the point where I was planning to make excuses for God. Yikes!

The fact is, I made an impossible goal. Have you ever done that? Have you ever made a goal that only God could do and then went public with it? Well, this whole deputation process has been one giant impossible goal. We need $6600 a month support to live and minister in Japan. $6600 a month! That’s $79,200 a year! Impossible. But that’s where God steps in, or so it seems. (Actually He was there all along guiding, directing in His sovereign grace.) God wants to build our faith. He wants us to trust Him more. In Mark 5, Jesus says, “Do not fear, only believe,” to a man who just found out his precious daughter has died. But Jesus was on His way with him to heal her! But Jesus was planning a greater miracle…

Trusting is hard for me. But if it were easy to trust God, He wouldn’t have to tell us to do it. Do not fear, only believe. The end of summer is drawing nearer and nearer like a ten foot tall behemoth of a man. God is teaching me to trust Him so that I can run toward the impossible with full confidence that He will do the impossible to make His name great. In a few sovereign and miraculous turns of events we now have 37% of our monthly pledge amount! God almost doubled our previous support amount in about a week. Only 3% away from our “impossible” goal! Nothing is impossible for our God. So do not fear, only believe.

If you want to partner with us for our impossible goal of reaching Japan with the Gospel:

Join our monthly support team. Paul might have been a tent-maker, but he had a support team of both individuals and churches. If you haven’t already, click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $20. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

Second, introduce us to someone you know who may be interested in partnering with us as well. Talk to your friends, business owners looking for tax write-offs. Ask them to watch our video on our website.

We understand if you cannot give. Times are tough. Could you introduce us to some friends whom you believe could give? And continue to pray!

Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your love and care for us. We are excited and humbled to be working together with you to take the gospel to the many lost in Japan.

Nozomi and I believe that together with you, through His power, we can reach the millions of lost in Japan and see God transform the country from the 2nd largest unreached people group to a reached and reaching people group.

If you have any questions please email and communicate with us. We look forward to sharing more of our burden and vision with you.

On the road again! We’re in the middle of a month long trip to PA and WV. Thank you for your prayers for us as we travel.

One great opportunity we’ve had to reach out to the Japanese community near us has been the Japanese Saturday School which Taishi and Emi attend. We’ve gotten to know many of the Japanese in the Greenville area through Taishi and Emi as well as Nozomi’s volunteering at this school.

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Good News, Bad News

Japan has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world, and it is the leading cause of death among those aged 15-39. September 1st is the worst day for teen suicides in Japan. (Click here to read more.) Please pray for the lost and hopeless in Japan. They need the gospel yet gospel messengers are so few.

Bad news first: Since we’ve been asked many times, yes, we heard the tragic news about the Pals, a young family of five who were killed in a car accident on their way to final missionary training for Japan. And yes, though we do not know them we are deeply grieved. In reading their blog here, we both share their church planting vision for Japan and feel their heartaches in seeking financial partners. We would have enjoyed working with them for the sake of the gospel in Japan.

We want to share a tiny part (you can listen to the entire prayer here) of John Piper’s prayer at their funeral: “Lord, in the name of Jesus, and by the blood of these five, I ask, raise up — raise up! — a legion of replacements for the global glory of his imperial Majesty, Jesus Christ. Forbid that any of your children would hear of this news, and waste their lives on trifles.”

Yes, Lord! Japan needs — the world needs — more dedicated Christians both in sending and going! Those willing to sacrifice to go to a dark and difficult strange foreign country for your glory, Lord, and those willing to sacrifice by giving so others may go. Work in the hearts of your children to give and to go so that the millions who have never heard your message, more than 100 million Japanese, may hear and believe and glorify your name across the earth.

We also pray along with our brother, John, “that the great idols of gold and silver and material success would fall before the blood of this family — that these five, even these three little ones, who have now grown to the fullness of their glory and the perfection of beauty, not through the trials of three score and ten, but in the twinkling of an eye — that these all — all five — might be found among the champions of the victory of the gospel in Japan.” May your name be glorified even in the dark country of Japan and throughout the world, to the praise of your glorious grace, Amen!

Please join with us in mourning for the loss of this young family of five and praying for the lost in Japan who do not have the great Hope the Pals were planning to share with them.

And as we mourn and pray because of the loss of this family of co-laborers we also rejoice in how God is working to answer our prayers.

Here is the good news: Because God arranged some providential meetings a few days ago, we have some exciting partner projects in the works. We’ll share more in our next update as some of the details are worked out.

We want to say thanks to your loving response for help. Our goal to be at 40% by the end of August has not changed. With new financial partners added this past month, we are now just over 25% of our needed $6600/month to leave for Japan. However, many friends and family in Japan have also committed to partnering with us financially. We are working on adapting our mission board’s support system to accommodate the Japanese support which will raise our support levels significantly.

If you still want to help us reach our monthly support goal:

First, join our monthly support team. Paul might have been a tent-maker, but he had a support team of individuals and churches. If you haven’t already, click here and sign up with a monthly pledge amount of $200, $100, $50 or $20. (Email us if you have trouble with this so we can help set it up.)

Second, introduce us to someone you know who may be interested in partnering with us as well. Talk to your friends or family who may be interested in reaching the millions of lost in Japan. Talk to business owners looking for tax write-offs. Ask them to watch our video on our website. Help us get connected to them.

And above all continue to pray! We believe, if you are praying, God will lead you to help us in one of the ways above. We believe the more you are made aware of the spiritually destitute state of Japan and the more you pray for the needs there and for the worship of our King there, the more you will be lead to action.

Thank you for your interest in our ministry. We appreciate your love and care for us. We are excited and humbled to be working together with you to take the gospel to the many lost in Japan.

Nozomi and I believe that together with you, through His power, we can reach the millions of lost in Japan and see God transform the country from the 2nd largest unreached people group to a reached and reaching people group. God can do this and we have the honor of being used by Him to be part of the miracle by giving and going.

If you have any questions please email (vanningjapan@me.com) and communicate with us. We look forward to sharing more of our burden and vision with you.

We’re really going to miss my family when we leave for Japan. We loved spending time with my cousins on the Vanning side and their families. Hadn’t seen one cousin in almost 20 years.

The kids enjoyed dressing up like cows for free chicken with their friend from the nearby Japanese school.

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