Luis R. has been serving the Lord in Japan since 2004. He is a native of Lima, Peru, and was once a member of the Church of the Savior in Lima, Peru. He met his wife Nicola in Japan and they were married in 2005. They are primarily laboring among the large Latin American community in Tokyo. Japan is one of the most Gospel-hardened places in the world. The following accounts are stories of God working through Luis’s ministry.
Praise God for continuing to call with mercy and patience numerous people who reject Him and fail to believe the Gospel.
Toshiro is an unbeliever who has been attending our services and Bible studies for almost two years. Even though Toshiro attends all the men’s Bible studies with other Christians, he professed that there is no God. This month, problems with his relationship with his son brought him to my office to ask God’s advice for his son. Toshiro said that something changed his beliefs and now he believes that Jesus is God and in the reality of heaven and hell. In spite of this, he said he feels sad because he acknowledges now that he is a sinner, but he does not feel repentance in his heart – only short remorse. He asked prayers because he said he wants to come to repentance and be like other Christians, but that he can not fake repentance and love for God.
We don’t know how God is working in Toshiro’s life, but we can praise God because this problem with his son is bringing him closer to God. Praise God because Toshiro recognizes now the need for a Savior and the problem of his sin. Please pray that God continues calling him patiently, so he will come to faith and repentance.
Miriam is a lady who came two years ago to our church as a Jehovah’s Witness. After attending our Bible studies for these years, she ended up rejecting the doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, believing in the Trinity. Sadly, she doesn’t want to repent and surrender to God. Two weeks ago, we received a phone call because Miriam could not move. We took her to the hospital, and she remained there because the doctors found she had two strokes. Miriam lives only with her daughter and grandson. They live always struggling financially because of unemployment, and now they are facing many challenges. We are also praying for her recovery, as she sometimes cannot understand conversations, and, with the help of rehabilitation, she is trying to walk again. Please pray that Miriam would be lucid again so that she might be able to listen to the Gospel and that she would heed the voice of a merciful God calling her to reconciliation. Please pray for Miriam’s rehabilitation and for her daughter as she tries now to support the family as a single mother.
Kenji is the husband of Aya, a lady who was baptized in our church one year ago. He is not a Christian and never comes to services, but he came to the service with his wife and kids as a family for the first time last Sunday. He came asking prayers because his friend, a mother of four kids, had an aneurysm. Kenji was shocked and wanted to get close to God. Please pray that this situation would help Kenji to hear the calling of God and that he will come to Christ. Please also pray for the family of the lady with the aneurysm; she passed away, leaving four kids in a Buddhist home.
After a long time of persecution and attacks against Sister K___, one of our Japanese church members, God has mercifully ended all the conflict. Though Sister K___’s husband does not want to return home or be reconciled to her as a Christian, God has ended all his violence and persecution. Sister K___ does not want to live in the past, remembering the persecution and costs as a result of her faith. Now she is asking for prayer as she reconciles her broken relationship with her mother. She also wants to praise God because her son also used to hate and reject God, and now he has been reading the Bible and praying with her for more than one year. Please pray for her son to come to Christ.
Please continue helping us to pray for our desire to go to Peru so our family there can meet our three kids for the first time. We are patiently waiting for God’s timing, but it is our prayer to go as soon as we can.
Please pray for our church: for God’s help so we can display His glory and power through our lives so that many people will come to Christ, to worship and praise Him.