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March 1986

3574 SM nth St

Otne^i and cmd Ne.va Ta&^yi

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Dear Friends in Ciirist,

had two very large snow storms and low

thiTigs up. We thought we were well along with the snow removal and then last week we
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would snow and thus instead of writing a letter we would be outside trying to open

It seems as if every time we started to put out this long-delayed letter that it

able to get rid of a lot snow. The snow banks


are down to about a couple of feet. We hope to

temperature so the snow didn't melt very well, But with warmer weather recently we have been
in front of the house and church were over six

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feet tall when we started and as of today they

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have all of the snow off and the sidewalks dried before Resurrection Sunday, It looks like we

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our activities since September. From Sunday,

We will try to bring you up to date on some of

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September 22, all day Monday (a national holiday), through Tuesday noon we had a retreat at the camp site at Doya Town. There were 13 who enjoyed this refreshing time, The Wesley Walker family was the first of our
missionaries to come to Hokkaido, Their second second son, Gary, was born about the same time

as our Allan was- During the last part of September, Gary returned to Japan for the first

time i Howev^
Christmas Eve. present in a

ERNEST WITH SNOW BLOWER

FOURTH TD TO SIXTH GRADERS GE?ADERS AT AT CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS SERVICE SERVICE

candlelight service was held on

There were 29 blizzard that

disrupted the buses and made driving difficult. Services were

delayed 30 minutes to give people


time to arrive.

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Sometimes i t is difficult to find a time when the Christians are free

to get together.

But the first

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week of January is one time of year when no one is working. Therefore,


on January first the Christians and others that were interested met

together for a time of study and


fellowship. At noon we had a meal

of sweetened beans with pounded rice cakes, (It really is better


than it sounds.) After lunch there

was free time. Some played Bible related games, some visited, some
discussed the Bible.

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call from a young man who said that


he wanted to come to church for a

^ December Ernest had a telephone

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time of discussion.
problems

He was having

told him. Why don t you go to churchs They will listen to you there." He came two or three times and during one of these times Ernest suggested that he come to

some

and his mother

Christmas Eve service. He came and on the first Sunday of January he made the good confession and was baptized into Christ. Just recently Mr. Yato graduated from college and in i^ril will begin working for a food chain here in the city.

On February 23rd there was a baptism at the Christian Church in Hill City, Kansas,
when our first grandchild was baptized into Christ. We rejoice to see the grandchildren following the Lord. We hope and pray that all our grandchildren will
make this choice.

Many of our supporters know that we have two

sons living in the Ohio/Kentucky disaster area. Allan lives in Covington, Kentucky, and Donald

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hills their families were safe. For this we


thank the lord,

in Cincinnati, Chio. Since they both live up


Allan, since he is an insurance

adjuster, will be quite busy for a while. Here

in Jaj^ we heard only that there were storms in

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you know that the consistent support of the


missionary is quite vital especially since the dollar value has declined. The exchange rate for

thanks to all our patient supporters.

We want to close this letter as always with Most of

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funds that just recently arrived was 176 to a dollar. Last year we were getting 240. That*s a 27% decrease and with inflation it costs even
more to live in Japan. Yours in His service,

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