Elijah & Veronica- Osaka, Japan
Hello Friends and Family,
Thank you for lifting us up in prayer, for your time to read this update, and for the love you have shared with us. As we enter into this new year, we wanted to give you a quick update.
We were initially working with another organization but God redirected our journey to work with a group that better fit our heart in ministry. During this time, as we searched for a new path, we were reminded of everything the Lord did to get us here. Our Pastor's wife, Michelle would always say that when things don't make sense, make sure you recall everything that God did to make sense of your calling. God was faithful to connect us with a church in which we can learn and grow. We are working with Mustard Seed Church, a Christian Fellowship that is currently discipling us in ministry and has been a great resource for our future goal of church planting under Calvary Chapel. Moreover, we are enrolled to start learning Japanese together in a school curriculum to better equip us in ministry this Spring.
Lastly, we have experienced a great loss. My step-father committed suicide just a few days past Christmas. This was very painful for us. We are here to minister to the people of Japan with suicide being an enemy and it was in our own backyard. He was a believer in Christ. This comforts us greatly. The hardest part is not being there for my grieving family because of our distant calling here in Osaka. I can't describe the pain of being an ocean away during this time. However we believe that we are being obedient by continuing this calling and through this trial, better equipped. It has been hard to write to you about this but we need prayer. Our hearts are heavy as we continue on this journey. Daily we dig into the promises of Christ and daily he lifts this weight off our chests but it's slow and sometimes hard to bear. My mother has agreed to come visit us next month to comfort one another in this time.
Being here has not been easy but GOD has been faithful to teach us and keep us in His peace. Friends and family that were once a drive or a short plane ride away are no longer as easily accessible and that has been a learning curve for us also. Thank you for all those who reach out and send care packages- even to those that we don't hear from as often- we know you’re praying for us and you are also not forgotten by us. We cherish all our memories with each one of you in whatever season we were once in together. We thank God for all of you and we look forward to the return of Christ where we can all have the same zip code.
"We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed" - 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
Elijah and Veronica Sanchez
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