Posted by: whereintheworldismike | March 18, 2012

Children, Fathers, and Grandfathers

My role has changed several times since the 30 or so years I’ve served with A2. Each has required a new skill set and has challenged me in new ways. Recently I believe God has changed my role in the Body of Christ to that of (spiritual) Grandfather. My main role is not that of a planter any longer though God still uses me to catalyze church plants (see our upcoming newsletter). My main role now seems to be to support/encourage/mentor those who are on the front lines on a daily basis in a church planter capacity. I have had many opportunities to build into a number of my younger colleagues this trip. In addition, it was a privilege to participate in the commissioning of 4 families and a single who will be moving to various regions of Tohoku to be involved in church planting and multiplication. These are such quality people and I have witnessed several of them from their first experiences in Japan. I am in awe of what God has done in bringing them to this point and will be praying for and supporting them in the days to come of searching for housing, getting to know neighbors and ministry partners, and then watering, nurturing and reaping a spiritual harvest. The other day Franklin Graham spoke over 3 days at an evangelistic rally in the devastated area. Here are some results:

Franklin Graham in Tohoku results

May these lives (and others) be truly transformed making the recipients of God’s grace trophies of his love and grace.

 


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