How are all y’all doing? We are all doing well here in Japan. How many of y’all from Dayton remember Brother J.J. Bourn? Well guess what?!?!? He is here right now!!! This last weekend he preached at Haijima UPC. So Friday we had one service at 7:00 pm, on Saturday, we had a service at 2:00 pm and on Sunday we had a service at 10:00 am and one at 2:00 pm. It was SO awesome to be able to see Brother Bourn again. We got to spend a little bit of time with him and that was awesome, too.
So, anyway, the first night (Friday evening), we started the service by walking around and praying for each seat and asking that God would bless and touch every person that would sit in each seat.
Brother Daniel and Sister Yokoyama led the song service. When we have a joint service like that, we have one leading the songs in English and one leading the songs in Japanese.
So, since I have so many random pictures of the special services this last weekend, I’ll not be writing too much, only on certain pictures will I write a lot.
Sorry a few of these are a bit blurry.
Moving on to the Saturday services.
I just wanted to say how absolutely WONDERFUL it was to see everyone from Haijima again and to have everyone together again.
By the way, the lady on the far left is Sister Kim Hatch. She is an AIMer that is working with the Lucas’s for the next 6 months.
If you have not heard Brother Bourn, you HAVE to hear him one day!!! He is absolutely AMAZING and he has some of the greatest stories to tell.
Also, although this is sort of off topic, I just wanted to say how good it was to see Brother Paul Apedo and he was walking almost perfectly normal. For those who don’t know, Brother Paul broke his foot a couple months ago and he was in a cast for a while and now, although he was in a walking cast/boot (I think), he’s walking pretty good now.
Brother Bourn’s main message for the weekend was on Miracles. Basically that we don’t have to beg God for miracles (or the Holy Ghost). We are God’s children and all we need to do is tell God what we need and He will give it to us when the time is right.
This is Silas Coker. His dad, Brother Mark Coker, is the chaplain at Atsugi Naval Base. To me, Silas looks a lot like Dylan Brock. Sister Brock, please give your boys a hug for me and let them know I miss them bunches!!
Anyway, Silas was talking to Brother Bourn and I thought he looked just adorable so I got a shot of him.
Brother Perry, Brother Ephriam, and Sister Omorefe were praying for Naomi Omorefe.
Here is Brother Lucas closing out one of the services with Brother Matsui translating for him.
Brother Lucas asked for all the people that didn’t have the Holy Ghost, and if they wanted the Holy Ghost, to go up to the front and we would pray with them.
This is Allie Coker in the blue. Isn’t she a cutie?!?!?
Here is Brother Doan praying for David Bryant. The Bryants (David’s parents and sister, Jaliah) had come with the Coker’s.
Sorry I don’t have a lot of captions on here. This is one of those times when a picture speaks a thousand words. Not really anything else you can add to some pictures.
Steven Agyare was also up at the front getting prayed for.
This is Jaliah Bryant (a picture of her older brother, David, is up a bit).
Here is Dennis Datsomor and Zion Omorefe.
This is Jemima Kwarteng.
After church, Rebekah and I were playing with Isaiah Shahid. He’s so adorable!!
Brother Bourn was speaking about claiming what we want (in terms of miracle(s) or things that we want to happen). He turned to Brother Yokoyama and told him to start claiming what he desired.
During the service on Sunday, Brother Lucas walked past Naomi and she was moving around like she wanted to get out of her wheelchair so Brother Lucas and one of the other brothers helped her up out of her chair. She had some help standing up, but she was moving her legs and walking on her own. No one was moving her legs for her. She was doing it all on her own. So we prayed for her for a while and she ended up walking from the alter to the front pew. In the end, she was very tired and just wanted to lay her head on Sister Omorefe’s lap.
This is Michio Javier from the Ibaraki church.
Brother Lucas had asked for all of the pastors (Brother Matsui, Brother Datsomor, Brother Yokoyama, and my dad) to get up and greet the church.
I’m not sure if my dad was looking at me or not, but it does look like he is.
After the Sunday service, everyone wanted to get their picture with Brother Bourn. Here is Brother Doan and Brother Datsomor with Brother Bourn.
Here is the majority of the Ibaraki church with Brother Bourn.
Sister Yokoyama, my mom, and Brother Bourn.
Rebekah wanted to get her picture with Brother Bourn. I’m kind of sorry (okay…really sorry) that I also didn’t ask to get my picture with him, but…
…We did get a family picture with him. I guess that just means that I have to see him again to get my picture with him.
And that, my friends, is all I have from our (Japan’s) time with Brother Bourn. Brother Bourn, we really enjoyed having you here in Japan with us and we hope you can make it back over here very soon. God bless you!!
And to everyone else, God bless you all, too!!!