Every Sunday morning we are thankful we can join our friends from Be One for worship. Before coming to Ishinomaki, I had never been part of a house church during my four years in Japan. Even before the 2011 tsuanami I had a longing to be part of a house church – now it’s a reality! Worship starts around 10:30 with a few worship songs followed by a short message by one of the Be One missionaries. Then we break up into small groups for a time of sharing and prayer. The second Be One house church just started two Sundays ago – it’s so exciting to see growth!
We are so blessed to be able to assist the Be One missionaries in their various ministries. We also love all the children, 12 missionary kids in all! We see God working mightily and powerfully through Be One and we believe that in time, many of their friends and neighbors will come to know Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit’s work. It’s all about community and belonging for the Japanese people – through community they can experience the love of God in tangible ways and see the gospel lived out before them. Please pray for Be One! Check out their website for more information.
The two ladies’ groups
Hanging out after worship
What is Be One?
[from the website] Be One is a house church network that began in the greater Osaka area about eight years ago. After the tsunami hit on March 11th, 2011 several members of Be One quickly drove up to Tohoku with supplies. Several days later another van followed. Chad Huddleston, one of the three main leaders of Be One Osaka, and numerous other missionaries and staff associated with Be One, ended up spending most of 2011 bringing aid and assistance to the people in Ishinomaki.
Through God’s clear calling and guidance, there are now three families and two single women living in Ishinomaki. It has been a joy for all of us to participate in the exciting work that we see God doing here. It also continues to break our hearts to see the devastation caused by the tsunami and the many individuals and families in our communities who have lost loved ones, homes, and jobs.
Our vision is to see disciples and communities of believers spread throughout Tohoku, and to see leaders emerge from the new harvest who will begin reproducing disciples. We also are committed to helping meet the practical needs of those in our community. Our families have chosen a very incarnational life style in our approach to church planting; our children are all enrolled in the local schools and we are seeking to be part of the communities where we are living. We continue to host and coordinate many volunteers who come to help out, and by our daily presence in the communities we are involved in the lives of many individuals.