Update from Pastor Dan in Japan

Hello Everyone,

I pray you are all well and Some have been wondering what is going on? The Lord is good. One praise is that one of my students that I have been teaching for two years is now a regular at our midweek Bible Study. This has been a huge answer to prayer. Just to get someone to open a Bible and read is a miracle but to sit and to listen to teaching is very exciting. We are praying for her salvation. She is very close but is on the shore of very deep culture that any wave could riptide them back into the world of Japan. I was always told of the strong ties of the culture in Japan. I had no idea. There is such a filial duty to family that they will blindly endure ancient traditions for the sake of the family. No one wants the dead relatives stuff on the shelf of their home but out of duty many will assume the duty of the ancestor care-taker. It is a grave dishonor to family and a great shame for someone to abandon the family gods and relatives graves. Today is the anniversary of the 311 disaster from two years ago. They country is still mourning and the problems are still very active including the radiation issues and depression and psychological issues. There are still many living in the temporary housing unable to move on. Pray for those in the centers and those that have relocated. Many of the relocated persons are having a hard time adjusting and suffer feeling of guilt. They have a survivor guilt. “Why did they die and I am still here?” A small few in number have committed suicide because of this. The record snow in the North has claimed several lives and a few homes collapsed from all the record snow. There is still radiation problems with 3 of the reactors still leaking but the media has virtually shut down all reporting. The outside organizations are angry at the handling of the situation but they are powerless to do any thing. The government is wanting to restart all 50 + reactors for Nuclear power. Even the two that were discovered sitting on top of fault lines. How is that for comfort? Mount Fuji is still a great concern as it has, after 100 years of being dormant, woken up with lots of small rumblings and tremors. They are still expecting another really big quake in the southern faults after the thousands of quakes in the north putting pressure on the other fault lines. North of Tokyo and South of Fukushima is a state called Ibaraki. It had a 6.0 two weeks ago that reminded us of all the problems. I so pray for Christ to intervene in this country. The people are so beautiful & evil, like everyone else but very beautiful as a creation of Jesus. He made them special and has of all nations I believe spent the most money and sent the best resources of all denominations to come and minister His gospel to this very lost nation. Keep praying for Japan. I cling to the verse in Jeremiah that says, “Is not my word like a rock that breaks apart the rock?” The word of God hammering away on this country is causing cracks like the fault lines and my prayer is for a great spiritual earthquake and an awakening of millions unto Christ.

Our new-used car broke last week. We were coming home from the hospital on the toll road and the overdrive began to slip so I went into 3rd gear. And soon it too started to spin freely. I pulled over and eased it into 2nd gear and slowly drove home. When I got home in our parking lot 1st, 3rd, and 4th, gears won’t work. We have now driven our car to the repair shop. The internet is telling us the year of our car has many transmission problems and it will cost too much. We just don’t have any extra money. This is going to be a God thing to either fix our car or to help us get a new one. Pray we will have wisdom in all this. He may want us to loose the car but it will take away the bread ministry and our ability to drive to the hospital in case of an emergency.

We are praying about the English Language school. We keep hanging on to it and each month some how some way we find what we need to pay our obligations. God is still working miracles. But we sometimes doubt and wonder is this God’s will? The church is still very small. The CCBC Tokyo Students and interns have been coming to do worship on Sunday mornings. We are praying for some outreach teams to come and do ministry here. Our outreach is what we can do. We will have an Easter Party the Saturday before Easter. Pray all goes well.

My brother-in-law John Jordan is coming at that time. We are so looking forward to his visit. I wish he’d bring his wife my sister but he is visiting here after some training meetings in Korea with church leaders there. John is the World Missions Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton Oregon. He is a fun guy with tons of knowledge and experience in missions. We are looking forward to some good fellowship and teaching and food together. Pray he has a blessed time.

Mihoko is working on our taxes both Japan and the US. She is our financial master. She runs a tight ship but because of that we are able to survive here. I am way too frivolous and wasteful. During her financial wizardry she is also working on translation of a few things. It has been slow as distractions and no time are the biggest challenges. She also has the Women’s study that is blessing many from other neighboring churches. It is really humbling to see that even among other churches there is a hunger for the word of God and they want to come to hear from Mihoko. I am proud of my wife. Pray Mihoko can finish taxes and translations. Pray for more ladies to be added to the Women’s Bible Study.

Kids are fine and healthy, they are already looking forward to Summer coming. Rachel surprised us and signed up for the ladies basketball team. She is in practice with her first game this Saturday. Pray she is safe and has fun. After transplant, the heart has no nerve to calm it down with electricity. So when the demand of the body gets the heart pumping it will take her a long time to calm down. She turns glowing red sometimes. She is just fine but needs to rest. Pray Rachel has fun in Basketball and maintains all her other studies.

I, Dan, am studying Japanese, teaching English classes and Bible studies. I am also passing out fliers intermittently as time allows to invite people to church and English classes. Pray I can meet those persons in need of salvation. I can waste time on people who have ulterior motives. Sounds weird but just pray that I’ll have the Spirit’s discernment. Pray against spiritual warfare. Because of my heart I can get discouraged. The enemies number one weapon is discouragement. Pray my eyes are all the time on Christ. When I have the proper perspective of Christ and obedience to him I’m fine. I still am experiencing times of culture shock and I get grumpy or whiny. But then I know Christians in the US without culture shock that are grumpy and whiny. Haha On a serious and sad note… I have to admit my failure dieting. For the fourth strait month I can’t shake the pounds I packed on back at Christmas time. I am struggling and finding I may have emotional stress that is balanced sadly by the comfort of food. Pray for me.

Pray for our Easter Outreach. For John’s coming to visit and help. For the kids to maintain good studies and no distractions. Pray for Mihoko to finish our taxes and translations. Pray for the Women’s studies. Pray for our car problem. Pray for Dan’s Japanese and teaching English and the Bible studies. Pray for connecting with the people God is working on. Pray we can see many more come to Christ. Pray for Handa San’s growth in Christ. Pray for the salvation of Japan. Pray for Dan to be a good boy dieting. Praise God for Masuoka san coming to Bible study pray for her salvation. Pray for the those trapped in addictions and that God would open doors for us to minister to them. Pray our car gets fixed, replaced, or dumped. Thank you all for praying.

Pastor Dan Bolinger
Calvary Chapel Iruma Japan

Ekimae Plaza 15-606
1-1-17 Kyouyoudai
Iruma, Saitama, Japan 358-0001

Isaiah 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that [there is] none beside me. I [am] the LORD, and [there is] none else.

Update from Steve and Kathy Bailey

Kathy and I are back in BKK after a great visit to Poipet, Cambodia.  We had great time with the kids at Mercy Ministries Foundation.  Kathy taught English to the kids, I worked with a couple of the team on a fairly major plumbing repair and cesspool dig.  Kathy went to the preschool with the team who shared The Lord.  Yesterday, Kathy and I met with Chomno of Cambodia Hope Organization (CHO) on some administrative matters he wanted us to address.  Kathy is going to prepare a tool called a Memorandum of Understanding for CHO, I will be preparing a volunteer policy for individuals and teams desiring to come  and serve at CHO.  We also had church last night (Friday night).  Jeff Henneforth of CC Poipet did a special evening service for our team at his church.  It was a nice time of worship and the Word.

We’re heading to Chiang Rai (CR), Thailand on Monday to do some marriage counseling and spend more time with Rose Martinez.  This s where we taught the marriage seminar last week.  It is also where Toni Randall, John’s aunt, served for a couple of year.  Several staff members expressed a desire to meet privately with us to discuss issues within their marriages.


In addition, Rose says she has a sheet of paper full of questions for us. So, we’ll spend a few days with her as well.   We will also spend a day or two with Marg (Chaing Saen Baby’s home) and David Nicholls another CC missionary who is in Thailand.

After a week in CR, we’ll head back to Poiprt.  We’ll be teaching the marriage seminar to the CHO staff that we taught in CR last week.  Then the week of 3/11, we’ll be heading all around Cambodia with Jeff and Rose.  We’ll visit the tribal villages along the Vietnam border, Water of Life Ministry (Randy Fleming) in Phnom Phen, then the coastal region, and other ministries those two have in mind.

I’m going to leave for something the next note.

Thanks for all your prayers and support.

In Christ,

Steve and Kathy

Uganda 0213 Update # 1

On Feb 3, 2013, at 9:14 PM, Gary Kusunoki <garykusunoki@cox.net> wrote:


“For the love of Christ compels me….” Colossians 5:14

Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined myself headed back to Uganda only 3 weeks after returning with the team but here I am on a plane headed for Frankfurt, Germany. For those of you who don’t know our trip called “Uganda 1212” was from December 27th to January 12th. Carol and I were privileged to lead an incredible team of 18 people from our church to Midigo, Uganda on the northern border with Sudan (see the team blog at http://uganda1212.wordpress.com/).

Now, I am on leg 2 of a 5 leg journey that will take me through Germany, Khartoum, Sudan (for an hour), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and then on to Entebbe, Uganda where I will wait seven hours before boarding a small plane to Northern Uganda for 1 1/2 hours finished off by a 3 hour drive to Midigo. As I ponder this 42 hour journey a thought comes to me, “are you crazy?!”  My only answer to that is Colossians 5:14 says it all. I am compelled by Christ love to go.

One of my closest friends Dr./Pastor Juventine Emuku is leaving Midigo in July after 12 years of faithful service, to plant an new church and medical work in Central Uganda. He has been such a servant of God to the people of this area both physically and spiritually. Thanks to his willing service, God has done miracles to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in the area. The church, Calvary Chapel of Midigo has grown from only he and his nurse to a church of a few hundred that has planted two other churches and is about to plant a third. Juventine gave up a successful private practice in the city 12 years to come to one of the most rural parts of Uganda, an area that is largely unreached and anywhere from 95 to 99% Muslim, some of the most radical in the nation. He gave up success by the world’s standards to live in a tent and treat those who had been forgotten by society. Out of this, God grew a hospital and a church that is thriving. Now, God is moving him on.

I am going to participate in some meetings with community, government, hospital and church members to help work through the process of transition. Not as an expert, or as someone that is leading an NGO (non-governmental organization), or any kind of authority, but just as a friend. I have been coming to this area for 14 years and I know and love so many of the people here. It is the love of Christ for them, for the lost, for the hopeless and the hurting that is drawing me back. I want to see the Gospel furthered, I want to see the work continue, I want to see the church maturing, and I know that it is only through Christ that this will happen.

One of the ministries working in this area for the past few years, Promise Child, has asked me to come with them to sit in on the meetings. Pastor Brent Kaser, the director of Promise Child is another close friend of mine. He too loves the people and Promise Child has invested heavily in the lives of the children here. They have done an incredible job here and the Lord has used them to bring education and the love of Christ to the children of the area. I am blessed to be able to go and play whatever part the Lord would have me to play.

When I returned from Uganda on the 12th of January, Carol and I both had such a sense that our work in Uganda was not finished but we did not know what was next. Then through my pastor and again in my daily devotions I got Exodus 3:10.

“10 Come now, therefore, and I will send  you to Pharaoh that you may bring My  people, the children of Israel, out of  Egypt.”

The words, “come now,” and “I will send you” really hit me but I did not realize until after I agreed to return on this trip that the Lord was literally saying, “come now,” right now. So here I am on the way.

Please pray for the following:

1. God’s traveling mercies for myself, and the team from Promise Child that just arrived yesterday from the US.  
2. Prayer for Janay, a missionary from Calvary Chapel of West Grove who is moving to Midigo long term.
3. Prayer for strength and alertness during the meetings.
4. Prayer for insight and discernment into all the issues of the transition.
5. Pray that God would send a dedicated doctor to take Juventine’s place.
6. Pray for wisdom for Juventine as he goes off to plant Calvary Chapel of Sorotti. This will be the 4th church plant growing out of CC Midigo.

I am blessed and humbled to have the privilege of going and being a just a small part of a mighty work of God.

In my devotions this morning I got Isaiah 35:3-4
And Judges 6:14.  

Isaiah 35:3-4 (NKJV)  – “3  Strengthen the weak hands,  And make firm the feeble knees.  4  Say to those  who are fearful-hearted,  “Be strong, do not fear!””

Judges 6:14 (NKJV) – 14  “Then the LORD turned to him and said,  “Go in this might of yours, ….. Have I not sent you?””

Lord, here am I, send me.

In Christ’s Love,

Pastor Gary

Uganda 0213 Update #2

2 Tim. 3:16 (NKJV) – “16  All Scripture  is given by inspiration of  God, and  is profitable for doctrine, for  reproof, for correction, for instruction in  righteousness,  17 that the man of God  may be complete, thoroughly equipped for  every good work.”

Right now I am somewhere over Egypt. A land that at one time held the Israelites in bondage and another time shield the young savior. As I look at the moving map of our plane projected over the Middle East I am reminded of so many who are in bondage to sin and death at this very moment. The thought of this should inspire us to be even more fervent and bold in our witness of Jesus Christ and the salvation and hope that only He can give. I have been inspired by the inspired word of God to trust in Him, to cultivate faithfulness, to love Him with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I am inspired to serve Him, not in my own strength and wisdom but in His. I am inspired to take the message of the Gospel to my neighborhood, my country and to the uttermost parts of the world.

This is leg 3 of my five part trip to Uganda. So far I am doing well, getting rest and feeling the peace and presence of God.

I just met a friend of mine in the airport in Frankfurt that I had not seen in years. His name is Yassir and we used to serve together in Sudan. Yesterday, I called another one of my friends when I was at the airport in Denver. He lived in Colorado and God brought Bill to mind so I called him. His phone connected me to an overseas phone which was answered by a voice I didn’t recognize. He said, “Gary, is that you?  Gary Kusunoki?  This is Yassir.”. He was with Bill in Egypt and they had been talking about me earlier. When Bill saw my caller ID he handed the phone to Yassir and said, “you have to answer this. You won’t believe who this is.”  As we talked I told him that I was thinking about him because I was going to be in Frankfurt the next morning and the last time I saw him was about 10 years ago in Frankfurt. He said that he was going to be arriving in Frankfurt tomorrow morning about 1 1/2 hours before me. We arranged to meet in the transit area. Only God could have orchestrated that!

We met and spoke of family, old times, and our heart for the lost. He has continued to work in the Middle East and said that the Spirit of God is moving mightily there. People in unreached and unreachable areas are getting saved through dreams of Jesus and other outpourings of His Holy Spirit. Over 1 billion Muslims who need to hear of the cross of Christ. People need to hear. It gave me an even more fervent passion to pray for those all over the world who have dedicated their lives to sharing the love of Jesus in some of the most difficult mission fields. Many missionaries and believers who are weary and feel as if they can’t go on. God will give us the strength if we will but trust Him in absolute surrender. If we will but trust in the finished work of Christ on the cross.

Keep praying!  I’m getting closer!

In Christ Love,

Pastor Gary

Uganda 0213 Update #6

Today we went for a meeting with the Yumbe District leaders. The first man we met was James who was the Secretary of Social Services. He is the lone Christian among the executive council and he asked for our prayers as things can be very difficult for him.

He said they heard of the work that was done with the last team in the medical clinics and veterinary programs and are very happy with the results. Many of the people were very happy that we not only cared for their people but also their animals. They were very happy with the work that had been done.

There is a real gap in what is able to be done by the government.

He said, Calvary Chapel is unique in the district in terms of their care for the people.

James said the greatest need is for the Gospel as this is really an unreached area.

The medical and educational work being done in Midigo is very historic in terms of this area and so very promising.  Pastor Brent told him that Janay Hamrick the missionary from Calvary Chapel of Westgrove is going to be teaching education and computer science.  He said that this has never been done before and is not even in the secondary schools. 

We then went to meet the Chief Executive Officer of the district.

Pastor Brent said that what has been done was in the name and love of Christ.

The CAO said he was very humbled by the work that had been done. He said the 13 years Dr. Emuku was here has contributed to our stability. It shows the commitment that Calvary Chapel has to care for people. You came first when everyone else was running away. He said again that he was humbled and happy with what you are doing. His own secretary is taking her child to the boarding school in Midigo. He sees that he will have to come himself and see the facility for himself.

People of Midigo talk about Calvary Chapel with very peaceful hearts.

He then asked us to close the meeting in prayer. Pastor Brent prayed in the name and love of Jesus.

(If this is a repeat email or the first time getting an update and you would like the past updates please let me know. I have to be very creative on how I send this due to the connection being so sporadic)
Pastor Gary