I spent this past week with Amy at the annual Acts 29 Retreat. One of the speakers used the term "gospel goodbyes" in reference to sending out brothers and sisters to plant churches. Karis Church recently experienced this with Drew and Megumi Glosson. We said goodbye to them. But as that speaker also said, that time of separation is short in light of eternity. There is also joy now, as we see the gospel move from our little church in Mid-Missouri to the land of the rising sun. There will be overwhelming joy later as we worship the risen Lamb together forever and ever. Yes, it's difficult when people you love move to the other side of the globe (my children have expressed this hurt much this past year). But it's far better to be a part of God's work as He is committed to His glory covering the earth as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14).
Drew and Megumi moved to become a part of Soma Fuchu. During our four vision trips to Japan, we prayed for partners to whom we could send the Glossons. The Lord answered that prayer in guiding us to Yoshito Noguchi and Steve Sakanashi. Their vision for multiplying missional communities all over Tokyo fits very well with our vision here. I've gotten to know them, and I trust their hearts. At that retreat, I got to spend some time with Yoshi. What a godly, humble man! God is good.
We also rejoiced as the Lord provided a home for the Glossons. It's not easy to rent a house in Tokyo, and especially for less than $1000 a month. However, God provided this place, right in the heart of their target area, Fuchu. He is faithful!
Pray for Drew and Meg and their son, Takumi. Meg is about to have their second son. Imagine moving to Tokyo and almost immediately having a baby! In addition, the Glossons are still in need of monthly support. You can give here. Also, Jeremy and Leanna Grove of Karis Church are also raising funds to join them. Support them here.