Monday, June 13, 2011
And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! ~ Romans 10:15
We had the privilege of hosting a missionary to Japan, Rick Enterline, this past weekend. Our church has been supporting he and his wife for over 20 years now and it was so great to finally meet him as he has not visited in the 5 years we've been attending. His wife, Becky, could not join him but I was able to "meet" her over the phone. It's always great for the kids to meet missionaries so we take any opportunity we can to have them in our home. Children hear so much about missionaries who go all over the world, sacrificing so much, to tell others about Jesus that it's so nice when they get to sit with one and ask them questions. He gave each of the boys an origami bird that flaps it's wings, which they were really excited about, then taught the older two to make an origami crane. We just happened to have the paper because we bought a kit last year to teach the boys and Ben and I got so frustrated with the instructions that it didn't get further then teaching them to make a really awful looking origami canoe!
With everything that is going on in Japan currently with the destruction from the tsunami and the nuclear power plant, the Enterline's are unsure if they will be able to return to the same part of Japan they have been ministering to for over 20 years. Right now the Japanese government is telling them its unsafe to return to their home as radiation levels are high. They are so concerned for their friends and church family over there who have lost everything and are now worried for their health due to the radiation they have been exposed to. They have a lot to pray about right now and the burden for this country and the salvation of souls is so evident as you speak with Rick. He told us at church last night that he had just read an article of the Japanese government saying if they cannot get this nuclear power plant under control it's likely that in the next 10-20 years Japan will be uninhabitable! They need our prayers desperately so if you think of this family and the people of Japan lift them up in prayer!