Stephen and Yire Woerner

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


We serve at a Japanese Alliance church in Inage, Chiba. Once a month, there is an English Bible study and Chiba Gospel Hour (which is a time that Stephen preaches the Gospel message that's easy to understand for non believers - we hope!). Also we seek to improve ourselves in personal, one-on-one, evangelism.

We are thankful for two non believers that are coming to the English bible study. 7-10 church people eagerly participate as well.

One of the non believers decided to stay for the Chiba Gospel Hour and had lots of questions for a couple who shared their testimonies of how they encountered Jesus.

We are thankful for God leading us to a couple who has been discipling/coaching us on personal evangelism. We've been able to share the gospel with 7-10 people in the past couple months and we pray that it becomes our life-style!

We were able to serve at Marriage Encounter in Japan that was organized by a Peruvian/Japanese Alliance Church! It was done in Spanish with English subtitles and we hope it becomes available to the Japanese people in Japanese! So many couples were touched and one (we know of) committed their lives to Jesus as a couple!

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

Please pray for the Bible study and Chiba Gospel Hour on July 23rd, Sunday, that the Holy Spirit would touch those non believers' hearts and that Gospel Message would penetrate their hearts that we'd know how to follow up with them!

There is going to be an evangelism seminar on July 17th, Monday (Holiday), that Stephen has helped organize. Will you please pray that many believers from the Alliance churches would gather and be encouraged to share their story and Jesus story with their neighbors?

Please pray for the summer bible camp at our church (7/27-29), that through songs/messages of Jesus and fun times, kids will be touched by the Holy Spirit and to know in their hearts that they are God's beloved and to commit themselves to Jesus! The youngest attending is 6 months old and the oldest is two high-school seniors. Including the teachers, 24 people are registered.

Please pray for the strength in summer days, as it is hot and HUMID here in Japan!

We are extremely blessed to be serving Jesus and to not worry about anything else, but His Kingdom work here in Japan. We thank God for you giving to the Great Commission Fund, through which God has made His provision for us everyday.

Before we left for Japan, when we spoke at Alliance churches in the Metro District, people would ask us, 'what kind of outfit needs do you have?' and I (Yire), not having the Alliance background, was quite confused. 'Outfit? I have clothes... I am sure I wouldn't need any special clothes just because I am going to Japan?'

It makes me laugh looking back, but this goes to show how giving the Alliance family is! Now that we are done with our language study and in ministry, we do have specific financial needs for ministry you can pray for and give to! Will you please consider giving both to the Great Commission Fund and to our Ministry Fund? These are some specific needs that can be met by giving to our work fund.

Church Planting Institute Conference 2017: We signed up for Stephen, but we haven't been able to sign up for Yire because of the finance. If we could register by July 14th, it is 27,000 Yen (approx. 270$) and after July 14th, 31,000 Yen (approx. 310$). If you feel led to give so that we can attend the CPI as a couple, which would help us be prepared for our future work as church planters in Japan, please do so! Any contribution would be greatly appreciated!

Computer: Yire's 6 year old Macbook laptop is not doing well. We have taken it to be seen in Japan and also have bought a new battery, but its life is coming to an end. We'd like to buy a laptop under 300-400$ just for work use. If you'd like to give to this, please do so! We are grateful for your support.



Updated: July 07, 2017

Children's Names
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Inagedaichou 1-3-127
Inage Ku, Chiba Shi
Chiba Ken, 263-0032

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