The team from international House of Prayer in Kansas City, America is here!
We will get together for a time of worship and prayer tonight and tomorrow night from 7pm to 11pm at our usual meeting place, Meysen Kindergarten Immersion building hall on 1st floor.
For inquiry call Jeremy on 090-3214-6967 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org!
See you there!
A while ago, someone made a comment, it was something like this...
"... so your life theme is really about IDENTITY isn't it"
Just out of nowhere. I wasn't sure if it was a compliment or just an observation, but it occured to me how obvious our life theme (I don't think it has to be just one mind you) can be to people, probably because we often talk about it or always come back to the same conclusion.
Anyway, it really has been all about identity in this season, again.
We talk about it often, we remind ourselves often, and we see how crucial it is for others to know who they are whatever problem they are faced with...
I think most people wonder and sometimes struggle with knowing who they are or are supposed to be. Usually based on what they do or what they should be doing or what they are going to do. Who am I? What is my life about? What am I supposed to do? What is my dream?
Dream...! That's another big word. Jeremy and I love encouraging people to dream, and Jeremy has always said that he "wanted to cause those without dreams to dream".
Be free! Dream big! ... but then what if you feel like you don't have a specific dream???
So who are we?
It has been a revelation to me, more powerfully than ever recently, that it really isn't WHAT WE DO that defines us. WHAT WE DID doesn't make us or define us either. Nor, WHAT WE ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE. Unless we know who we are, what we do won't ever change the world.
We think we know this, but often, we try and define our identity and immediately our thinking goes back to defining ourselves like this... "I am good at ... " or "I can do ..." or "I cause people to ..." Again, these are all about what we do. If it's not about what we do but who we are... then how are we to think about that?
Jesus came so we can live from who we are.
Do we really know how powerful this is???
God really has created us.
God really loves us and trusts us enough that he made us to represent heaven.
Jesus came so we can have life.
He died to redeem us. Completely.
The work has already been finished. It's all done!
So we can say with confidence that...
We are powerful.
We are complete.
WE ARE... His love, His light, His power, His healing... to this world, right here right now.
So then, what we do or don't do does not change who we are. Not one bit!!!
Because Jesus has really done it! We can't add anything at all to his love he already has for us, or to do work he has done for us.
We are light. That means that wherever we are, we are light just by being there.
It's not even whether we say or do something. We already are light.
I'm not saying that we don't need to do anything then. Quite the opposite.
Once we know who we are, we can do anything and there's nothing to stop us!
Let's be accountable to each other so we really know this and live from that revelation and position.
Accountability will be another topic we will talk about another time...
We hosted another really amazing team for 10days until last week!
By the way, it is just too exciting and fun walking with God...
Things that had been on our hearts and we had talked about between us (Jeremy and I), having those things confirmed and encouraged by people from the other side of the world, and those things becoming more of a reality and a deeper revelation inside of us through it all...
It just keeps continuing this way.
It's so hard when you try and make something happen in your own strength and timing,
trying to manufacture something by yourself,
but walking with the Holy Spirit as our guide, it all just happens so amazingly.
We keep being surprised and blessed by it over and over again.
Chris Donald, Ryan&Sarah Taylorの３人。
Woodland, WAのThe Promise Churchから来てくれました。
So anyway, this time we had 3 people from the Promise Church in Woodland, WA.
Chris has been with us 3 times already since the earthquake! Wow!
We received lots from them ourselves. Revelation and impartation, both fresh and new.
What Jesus has done for us... that it's REALLY finished. He had done it ALL. And because of that, we have been made PERFECT, and we can live in the reality of the perfect identity every day. Who we really are in Him. Our true identity in Jesus. These were things that Jeremy had been sharing about and developing on Sunday in his messages, but it was all leading up to what God had for us through having these 3 guys come.
A little later that morning, the rainbow CAME DOWN and RESTED on the land.
Have you ever seen anything like this before?? Because I hadn't!!
It just feels like all the fruit all over the place, they are just ripe and about to burst! in this season...
God is going to do such huge, amazing thing among us, here in Sendai.
And His promise to us - that He loves us with such big love, bigger love doesn't even exist!!! And God has made us perfect through what Jesus has done for us. There is no fear. No lack. Death or no disease, no past or failures can ever separate us from this love! And now we are here with the words of reconciliation, to live and carry that reality to people every day.
WE ARE ABOUT TO EXPERIENCE THE GREATEST OUTPOURING OF GOD'S SPIRIT THAT NOBODY HAS EVER SEEN...!!!
Next Sunday, September 18th will be a little different from our usual Sunday schedule!
On this day, we will get together for our worship service at 5pm in the big room on the 3rd floor of the Immersion building at Meysen Maruyama Campus.
We will meet at our usual time on Sunday, September 25th, starting from 10:30am!
There will be a pot luck lunch together after the service. Bring 1 food item and join us!
Also, on Friday, September 30th, we will come together for intimate worship time at the Jenkins' house at 7:30pm. If you are interested, contact us on email@example.com!
We gathered together to worship and pray in our (Jenkins' house) living/dining room tonight!
Just to worship our Father together, to love Him, and to enjoy His presence.
We sang, worshipped in the spirit, prayed.
It's a different kind of thing to gathering for worship on Sundays.
Very much needed, encouraging time.
Jeremy commented at the end;
it's important for us to worship God individually and to know His presence,
but it requires trust between each other to do it together as a group.
We (Jenkins) led the whole thing more tonight, but as we do this more together, it'll be more the Holy Spirit leading us, and it'll be more fun!
God also showed me a vision of the Japanese christians, or the church at the end of our meeting.
It was so different from the image of us until now.
The Japanese church, the tribe, looked so courageous, powerful, strong, tenacious, fearless, passionate...
it was as though a big flame of fire was moving around.
It's hard to express in words, but the image stuck with me.
Our next meeting will be on the first Friday night of September!
When the Iris team was here, the team and us went out to Kokubuncho in Sendai downtown to meet people and let them know God loves them!
(Yes, we had done this kind of thing before, but had stopped it since we didn't have enough people... but this shouldn't be an excuse any more...)
So watch this space, we will be out again!
On of those nights, a team member was talking to a young man, who at first appeared to be just joking around. He was quite drunk. But later he shared that he had lost many of his friends in the tsunami. How can anyone know the pain of such a thing... only God can bring comfort...
Several of the people we talked to on the street were pulled away from us by their friends who thought they were being silly and embarrassing to be talking to crazy people like us! But one of them stopped their friend and made it a point to tell us TO KEEP DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING EVEN IF PEOPLE RIDICULE US! Yes!!!!! Many may think we are foolish, but there ARE people who REALLY WANT TO MEET GOD!!!!! So we want to keep doing this.
Yesterday, we went to a day service center for special needs children in Kesennuma.
We met 4 children and their parents and the staff working there.
Their building was washed away by the tsunami, so we saw them at the day service for the elderly that they have been using for their service too.
On the day of the earthquake,
they evacuated to a community center after the big shaking.
The tsunami reached the ceiling of the second floor of the building.
And just when they survived the shakings and the tsunami,
they saw the flame covering the water.
The fuel for the big ships from the port had caught fire.
They all feared the worst.
But the fire didn't come to the building,
and they waited for 2 days until on the 3rd day the helicopter rescue came!!
The principal's son who lives in London had received a short message from his mother,
and had twittered asking for rescue.
The message spread quickly and led to the rescue.
So yesterday, there were 4 elementary school age children at the center.
We introduced ourselves and then played with the children and the staff.
Some of us talked with the mothers and staff and prayed for them.
We prayed for a little girl's right eye for healing.
We prayed for a miracle.
We didn't see a instant healing, but God touched her.
After that, Christian who is the co-leader of the Iris team said something that challenged me.
He was frustrated that we didn't see any instant healing take place.
He said that of course, sometimes healing takes place gradually.
But he has seen instant healing too.
God can do it.
He said he wants to see God's best for people.
I felt very challenged.
So often when we pray for healing, we don't quite expect what we really want to see.
Why are we not seeing God's best in people's lives???
I realized that I was afraid to be disappointed.
I was telling myself that even if they can't see complete healing there and then, they can still experience God's love. But was that just an excuse?
If we risk for love,
we would dare expect more, God's best for them,
because we know that God is more than happy to give the best to them to show His love.
Sunday worship from 10:30am on July 3rd, 10th, 17th and 31st at Meysen Academy Maruyama campus Immersion hall. There is no service for us in Sendai on July 24th.
Iris relief seminar “Compelled by love” July 23rd, 24th at Sano Revival Center.
After the seminar (26th-), we will go minister to those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku.
Jenkins, Makoto and Shino are going to Kesennuma on July 4th and 11th to do some ministry at two kindergartens. Also this month, we have been asked to go to Kamaishi to meet with some kids and parents at a daycare.
We are planning to work together to do ministry with the IHOP team July 14th, 15th.
For enquiries, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Kansas city にあるInternational House of prayerを訪れてから、「神の臨在がとどまっている場所。誰もが入ってきたら神にうたれる！」場所を仙台に欲しい！！という思いは特に４年前からあったものです。その前にも２４／７の祈りのビジョンはくみのイギリス時代からの思いです。そして、今やらない理由はない！ということで、とにかく始めてみるべきなんじゃないかと思っていたそんな矢先に、The Altar IHOPのジェニファーさんとコネクトする機会があってこういう展開に。。。！
I feel this is going to be ANOTHER great week...!!
Actually, lots has been happening every week, since the earthquake.
Both good and not so good, I suppose.
But our God is just so good.
When there's something not so good, He will surprise us with so much more GOOD stuff.
God has been sending so many surprising gifts to us, especially since the earthquake.
From all over the world, literally, we have had people come visit us (and we wondered afterwards if they were actual people or angels?? they just come and bless us so much...), encouraging messages, financial gifts. They came from America, Indonesia, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Taiwan, England... most of them, we haven't even ever met before.
Last week, we had a team of 9 people from The Altar IHOP and HOPFAN Japan come visit us in our house! We had a truly amazing, crazy time with them. It was such a blessing.
I (Kumi) have had a dream of having a place in Sendai where God's presence dwells and stays, where people will be hit by God's presence and love when they enter... this has been on my heart especially since visiting the International House of Prayer in Kansas City about 4 years ago. Having a 24/7 prayer initiative has been also something that has been on my heart since my time in England. And at this time, I've had it on my heart again, thinking "Why not now? Why not do it??" So we are going to lauch something! very soon!! And this is when I connected with Jennifer Gracey of The Altar IHOP in Tokyo. Perfect timing.
We want a place HERE...
where there's passionate worship and intimacy with God, prayer happens... and there...
GOD'S PRESENCE DWELLS
GOD'S GLORY STAYS
PEOPLE COME IN AND EXPERIENCE GOD AND GO OUT FROM THAT PLACE
REVELATION, IMPARTATION AND CREATIVITY OVERFLOWS
We are going to be people that host such things.
I do have so many things rolling around in my heart about what I could write on this blog... and somehow not manage to get them out so quickly. So it's been a month already since my last entry. Sorry!
Here is the schedule for June.
Feel free to contact us, and join us for worshipping and loving Him!
June 5th (Sun) This is our network firsrfruits meeting day, which means there will be no service in Sendai. Many of us will be going to Sano, Tochigi (Sano Revival Center) for this.
June 12th (Sun), 19th (Sun) Sunday worship at 10:30am at Studio Caracol downtown.
The 12th is Pentecost sunday - so we will have a special house meeting in the afternoon as well as our regular time service. Ask the Jenkins for details!
PLEASE NOTE that our service venue will change from June 26th (Sun)!!!!!! We will meet at Meysen Academy Maruyama Campus, Immersion building hall (lower 1st floor) at 10:30am.
For direction see map. The immersion building is off R37 near Homac, turn into the narrow road by the clinic (Honma Kinen Tohoku Seikei Geka), the building is the one on the right. There is also free parking in front of the building. If you need a ride from Yaotome station, let us know!
Change of plan!
As there are not many people going to Sano Firstfruits meeting, we will have our Sunday service as usual.
10:30am at Studio Caracol in Ichibancho Sunmall downtown.
For enquiries, phone Jeremy on 090-2114-6967 or write us
See you all there!
I know we posted on this blog a while ago that a team from Iris relief was coming to Sendai to work with us...
...well, the 1st reponse team came and left, and then the 2nd response team came and we hosted them as well, and now they have left.
But what can I say??? Wow.
The connection with them was just so... God! We always loved Mike and Rachel and the church at Sano Revival Center. And through them the Iris team came. We could not have had any better match or greater success. It was so great hosting them and working with them.
The love for Jesus, what is in our hearts, our DNA so to speak, amazingly was so similar, and they were truly a blessing and an encouragement to us too.
Both the 1st and 2nd team were here for about 10 days each.
We visited several shelters and tsunami affected areas, from Watari in the south of Sendai and Ofunato in the north in Iwate.
The team was called the JOY SHIP. They literally carried so much joy and brought so much fun, smiles, laughter and LOVE.
Through these teams, we have even lost exact count of how many people received prayer, experienced healing, and received Jesus!! They even met and touched hearts of our personal friends, English students, owner couples of our favorite cafes, as well as everyone in the church.
They were all affected by their joy culture.
So I know I am extreme (since I hadn't updated any articles for so long), but I am going to try and mention some of the highlights from hosting the Iris relief team.
At one of the shelters in Higashi-Matsushima, we met many lovely children.
One day, after playing with them with Wii and crazy games, Dana who was on the team told them his own story of how he met Jesus. (Dana used to be a professional soccer player, and one of the boys came to him afterwards that he wanted to be a soccer player even though he had always wanted to be a swimmer... his own cute way of expressing that he was touched by Dana's story and wanted to have what Dana had...!!)
Then, Matt, another team member told everyone about the time he lost his wife... the children were all listening intently. These children had all lost something, someone in the tsunami. They had all experienced the power and terror of the earthquake and following tsunami.
That night, all 20+ children that were gathered in the music room (they were using a school as a shelter) prayed for their nightmares to stop. They all received Jesus.
Now they will no longer be crushed by the fear of, but instead they will begin to dream big dreams for their future.
We met so many children at other places too.
One shelter in Watari had 46 families staying in a gymnasium of a elementary school - families with elementary and junior high school age children.
We were told that all of the children there were on the top floor of their school building (which is no longer usable) when the tsunami hit their town. They saw it all.
The wall of water approaching and taking houses, cars, boats and people.
Everything happened in front of their eyes.
A lady at the same shelter also told me that she didn't think she would survive when the tsunami came.
She was on the higher floor of a building, but somebody told them through a loud speaker "to prepare their hearts" in case the worst happened.
To think that all the children that we were meeting there had seen such terrible thing for themselves was unbearable. Who can even begin to imagine what they are carrying in their hearts and minds?? My heart just breaks...
So then, hearing and seeing all of these things, you wonder what you can do, don't you?
These people have really lost everything. Their house, car, possessions... and what can we do for them?
But thinking about what we can do isn't helping anybody.
Just imagining how much they might be hurting isn't actually helping them, I mean,
it's easy to feel helpless and say "well I don't know if this would help them or offend them so we need to be considerate and careful",
and I'm not going to say that we understand what they are going through because we probably don't completely,
but God knows.
So we just need to be bold in communicating LOVE. Tell them with whatever we have that they are loved and precious.
So what does LOVE looks like??
It's not about bringing them what they think or recognize they need.
It's doing more and going far beyond.
Wouldn't you want to do so much more than what's necessary and enough for those you LOVE??
That's what it's about.
That's what we have learned from the Iris relief team.
How did the team communicate LOVE?
Of course we prayed for people, for healing and restoration and blessing,
but we had several mascots sing and dance for them.
We gave them a concert and cried with them.
We bought 300 pieces of Kentucky Fried Chicken (how much do you think that cost??) and shared with everyone at the shelter.
We threw a birthday party for March, April and May birthdays, and we took birthday cakes, sushi, fruit baskets, flowers and presents. And more presents.
Yes, normally most of us would look at the budget and say, "well, maybe we can do this much... no, that's probably too much, that is not necessary" or whatever.
But not the Iris team!!
They said "Let's get chicken for everyone!"
"Great! can we order 300?"
"70,000yen? Ok. Order them."
Isn't this how God, our Father, treats us??
The team members had paid for their flight tickets and spending money themselves.
But they came because they wanted to do more. They just wanted to come and love on our people.
We have heard that the Japanese are reserved or shy, we tend to suppress our emotions, etc. etc.
And that may be true.
But still just LOVE people.
When we just LOVE, what was hard before wasn't hard any more, and we saw breakthrough.
God's LOVE was being communicated to people, into their hearts.
I will never forget what that feels like.
So simple. We don't need anything complicated when we make LOVE our focus.
Maybe this is just too simple. Maybe we are just slow to finally understand this.
But this is such a huge revelation for us.
The things that we and the church had dreamt about and prayed for,
things that were spoken over us and the church and the region through prophetic words,
they have been happening here, now.
It is so amazing.
Wherever we went,
people were touched by God's love and were in tears.
People got healed in their hearts and in their bodies.
And people just simply received Jesus into their hearts.
Every time we went out.
More than 60 people received Jesus during the time these teams were with us.
We are convinced that LOVE is the key to the hearts of Japanese.
This morning, we had a skype meeting with the Iris relief team.
They seem such lovely, attractive people. We haven't yet met in person, but we already felt that God was connecting our hearts!
Here are some of the things that we felt for our nation as we prayed together.
First of all, we prayed so we will be able to just minister LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! to people. (We have been tested in this... for sure!) Lord, let us love on the people we meet. And, Lord, we want to love YOU more...!!!
I felt so excited as we told these things to God.
Several people have already said this, but we felt that the tsunami of God's father heart is coming to overwhelm Japan.
Perfect love casts out fear.
Many in Japan have had to face death; coming close to death or losing loved ones.
But now we've faced it, we are overcoming death. Now, death cannot cause us to fear any more!!
Free from fear, we (and the next generation) will rise up boldly. This is a new era.
The earthquake caused changes to the landscape and the plates deep within to shift.
Now, we are going to see how the spiritual rocks and plates and structures that have bound our nation have shifted. This is a time for Japan to be clothed with a new identity!
For several weeks before the earthquake, Jeremy had been preaching on things like
"testing and trials", "overcoming difficulties", "having hope" and so on... kind of heavy titled messages.
But then, when all of this happened, we told each other that God really was preparing us for this time.
No, we're not building some doctrine or theology or interpreting why this earthquake happened.
Really not interested in that. Not trying to figure out "Ok God, what are you saying through all of this"??
Because what we know is that THIS is not God's best for our nation.
So many lives lost, homes and towns destroyed, and people fearing their future... that is NOT God's intention. Of course not. It can't be. God is so good and He can't leave us like this.
We shared this yesterday at church too...
but we know that each one of us in our church, we've been gathered together for such a time as this.
THIS, what's happening now IS why we're here. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but no, I really think that.
We have been victims of the disaster, in the sense that we have experienced the same earthquake as everyone around us in the region. And that actually is a important reason why God can use us at this time.
Yes, we have experienced the same earthquake, just like many others in Sendai, Miyagi, Iwate, Tohoku and Japan. We're faced with the same reality, same news, and so on.
But, we can expect so much more than just saying to each other "It's tough but let's endure this".
Because we KNOW that this IS NOT God's best. This is not the end of the story.
We can pray and work to change so GOD'S KINGDOM REALITY can manifest in our region, our whole nation.
Any seemingly hopeless situation can be, when we trust and expect from God, turned around in a way only God can do.
Our family cannot even stand without God's grace.
We say we want to help others, do something,
but first, we had to be on the receiving end of help...
but that is exactly when we can be strong!!
So, WE EXPECT
MIRACLES, MIRACLES, MIRACLES!!!
SIGNS AND WONERS!!! (this is the year of wonders, of many "wow"!)
And it will be so obvious how MUCH God loves us.
He wants to give us so much more!!!
We are going to see God work the impossible, what only He can do!!!