Mission Japan

Stéphan, Carina, Annlie, Cornelius, Lodewyk and Stephan van der Watt

For more information about Mission Japan please see their website www.missiejapan.co.za

Karen Strydom

2016 Spring Summer Snippets

July 2016 Newsflash

We’re in the last week of our first term at KRTS (Kobe Reformed Theological Seminary), and our hearts are full of gratitude (and reflief) for a very busy and meaningful couple of past months.
Now we plan to light a fire (for BBQ of course), as our dean did at the Retraite that was held in May (see the photo here above). Because our summer break is in sight. Time to relax ánd to find a fresh vision before the new term starts.
Before we leave I would like to share two important things. Please watch, reach and share it wider

  1. A YouTube video above (9 minutes), which gives a brief overview of our work and life this past term.
  2. Prayer requests (at the bottom of this letter) to remember in the weeks to come. 
It has also become necessary to mention that Mission Japan’s financial support network is constantly trying to combat some big challenges. The value of the South African Rand against the Japanese Yen has continuously dropped with more than 30% since August 2015.

We ask all our supporters to keep on strenghtening Mission Japan’s network in these challenging times. We especially need your faithful contributions now.
Thank you for your interest, support and prayers. We appreciate it!
God’s peace in Christ,
Stéphan, Carina and children

Prayer Requests

  • Please pray for RCJ Kumamoto congregation which continues its crucial support work after the earthquake in April. Especially for those with whom our volunteer teams had contact, and who are aware of God's work in their lives in these challenging times.
  • Please pray with us for the deepening of relationships with children and their families in the surrounding neighbourhood of our home church, RCJ Kita Kobe. Especially for the summer camps which many children will attend, and hear the gospel for the first time. 
  • Please pray for Gys and Linda Olivier, missionary-teachers of Mission Japan, working in Kochi. Thank the Lord with us for the birth of their second child, Johan, who was born on July 7th.  
  • Our vacation time will be at a resort for missionaries close to Sendai, named Takayama. There we'll have the opportunity to have fellowship with missionary families from many other countries. Except for preaching and Sunday school responsibilities, we will be free to rest. Pray that this rest will refresh and strengthen our family.
In September the new term starts again at KRTS and in our homeschooling curriculum. Please pray for our preparations, for fresh vision and insight into what our focus should be in that time.