We are in the 5th year of ministry at ARI and almost that long we have been involved with a local gospel choir that we helped to start. We meet weekly here on campus at ARI and have around 30 people form the surrounding community joining our staff, volunteers and participants to sing praises to God. It really is amazing how week in and week out people are so willing to gather to sing, pray and be together. Probably half of the members are not official followers of Jesus. They are weekly having experiences through the music, words and fellowship, but they are still just taking it in. But some of them have become followers of Jesus and their stories warm our hearts.
Music has power. In fact one pastor from Ghana tells me that people have to be careful not to be taken over by the power of the drums in his churches. There are spirits involved with music that are not all from God. But God has and continues to use music to touch the hearts of people and more importantly change the hearts of people. For both of us, that has been true. How about you???
This year MINNGOS took on many opportunities to minister. While they were all blessings, we learned a need to pick and choose, or that sometimes even ministry opportunities need a no. Because this is a very difficult thing to practice we ask that you join us in prayer, that God will use this group for His Kingdom and give it’s leaders wisdom on how best to do ministry.
Recently we have had students from the local university, a local middle school principle and some teachers at local schools come and be with us. There are many new opportunities and ways to go with this ministry but we really want it to be used in the most fruitful way, not just anything. So again we ask that you would join us in prayer, that God would continue to use this wonderful ministry, but deepen it and empower it through the Holy Spirit.
We pray that the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ’s offer of salvation, is alive in your mind and hearts as well and that as we partner together, God will spread the Gospel through us throughout Japan and the world. Thank you to all of you who do that with us in prayer and through your finances. Also, if you have thought about sponsoring our ministry financially in the past, as we head into Christmas this is as good of a time as ever! Head over to The McCurley’s page and you can find the link to do that online!
Thank you again!,