June 2021 Update
Dear Supporters, Family, and Friends,
Greetings from Fukuoka, Japan.
In this June 2021 Ministry Update, we want to share with you some wonderful news.
Sometimes being recognized amongst your peers is a humbling experience but wonderful in all of its ramifications.
Therefore, we realize most of you would like to be aware that Vanguard University of Southern California, our Alma Mater, is recognizing Colette and I as recipients of the “Distinguished Service Award” at the 2021 Annual Alumni Awards.
If you would like to participate, we have shared the link below so you can register under “Lead and Learn,” a virtual event series, the 40th Annual Alumni Awards on 6/17/2021, celebrating several VU alumni.
The Zoom event will be at 12 noon California time and will end at 1:00 PM. For us in Japan, that will be at 4:00 am, but some of you will have time to join in the middle of your day.
We encourage you to register and join this wonderful event.
We are so excited to share that one of our Japanese friends received Christ in one of our services. After a long time of attending our Gospel Class at the Community Center and coming to church, Oga-san with the help of many of our church people, decided to give her life to Jesus. Oga-san had attended several Gospel music clubs in Japan and loves to sing, but it was right after Christmas when she said she was 99% ready to make a decision for Christ! On a Sunday morning, she made a decision to receive Christ in front of our church family! We have not been able to meet in our regularly rented place due to the Pandemic. We were all gathered in our missions home when she made that decision. We knew that she was ready for discipleship, too. So after a few classes, we also set her baptismal date for Easter 2021.
We were surprised as all week long the weather forecast for Easter was 100% rain, except for Saturday. So, we changed the date to Saturday. Colette and I had the privilege of walking into the the Sea of Japan with Oga-san. She said to me, “Please do not drop me… I am afraid of drowning!” We reassured her that we were going to make sure she would come out of the water. People asked her if she was cold as the baptism was in the ocean. She said, “I was cold but my heart was warm.”
Oga-san is currently continuing her discipleship training and we marvel seeing how God is changing her life day by day,
Incidentally, our Momochi Symphony Church continues to meet in our missions home. At first we had two services and then we were online only. Now we have only one service and continue broadcasting on Facebook Live.
We continue to search for the right building or property for our church. Some of you have sent special offerings and we thank you for that. Some of you are still thinking about it.
We want to give you a chance once again to help our church move to its own place. Now more than ever before we need our church to have its own place in order to continue worshipping and setting up outreaches for the future.
If you would like to donate for our church building,
here is the link for giving to the Gonzalez Momochi Symphony Church.
***Be sure to check Class 60 Comments Project #5562
1- Pray for the Momochi Symphony Church Building.
2- Pray that more people can volunteer to help our church plant.
3- Pray for Colette as she will have dental surgery on June 17th for one of her molars.
4- Pray for the pandemic to finish so that Japan can open for travelers.
Thank you for your support and prayers. We have heard from some of you, really surprising us with offerings and support. Thank you.
May the Lord bless you and we work together.
Juan Carlos and Colette González
AGWM Missionaries to Japan