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We made it!

Hello Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you so much again for all your love, encouragement, and support thus far in preparation for this trip. God has richly blessed me with the love and fellowship of Christ through all of you. We are so richly blessed that God loves us with an agape, unconditional love and we are able to enjoy sweet fellowship because Christ has saved all of us by the same blood and safe sacrifice.

Praise God that He has faithfully provided thus far and allowed my team and I to safely arrive to Japan yesterday! We are so humbled and grateful for God’s graciousness and faithfulness to us thus far and eager to see what He will do in us and in the hearts of these students.

Prayer Requests

  • For me personally, that if nothing else this summer, that God would truly humble me and remind me that without Him, I am nothing and all of this is for HIS glory.
  • For my team and I as we prepare to begin to meet with students that our hearts would be open to becoming like the Japanese in every way possible so that we can show them His love and that the students would be open to receiving us.
  • For the staff here in Japan, that God would be giving them physical and spiritual rest and that our team would be able to encourage and love them while we are here.
  • For team unity, that our team would truly desire to show the love of Christ to each other and the students would be able to see Jesus’ love by our love for one another.

“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” – 1 Corinthians 9:22-23 (ESV)

Would you pray that our team would be willing to become like the Japanese people so that we may be able to share the love of Christ with them? Would you pray that we would be willing to look at the Gospel and at Christ through the eyes of Japanese people this summer?

Thank you brothers and sisters for your prayers. God is faithful and powerful to listen and answer our prayers in ways that we can not do on our own!

 

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Finding Joy

Hello friends! It’s about 3 more weeks until my team and I fly to Japan! It’s crazy how time has flown by so quickly and how soon this missions trip is. The last month or so since my last prayer update has been very busy for me. But, God’s faithfulness and grace has continued to be put on full display in front of my eyes, reminding me of the Gospel and the salvation we can have because of what Christ has done.

My team and I had a Skype group call with one of our receiving staff a few weeks ago and it was good to be able to see the rest of my team and share our excitements and fears for the summer. As I was listening to all of these things, I was reminded how much of a blessing this opportunity is.

There is so much joy to be had in the Gospel for us as Christians. I am undeserving and unworthy to be an ambassador for Christ and to receive God’s grace and salvation. But, because of what Christ has done for me, I am seen by God as His daughter and as a vessel to reach the lost.

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon the Earth. – Psalm 67:4

The last month or so has been very difficult for me to find joy in all circumstances. I have found myself complaining a lot about school and forgetting what a blessing it is and how much joy can be had in the opportunity to be in college at all. There is so much joy to know that I have greater things to look forward to. There is so much joy to know that in all things I am able to glorify God.

As God continues to prepare me and grow me for what He is going to do through me this summer, may I find my joy in salvation and the blessing of the Gospel. May I find joy in this season of life He has given me to be a student and to diligently finish the school year well. May I find joy in the blessing of being God’s daughter and the blessing to know God and to be able to serve Him.

Prayer Requests

  • To have joy and endurance in continuing through the rest of the school year.
  • Logistical things such as safe flight to Japan as well as a quick/ smooth transition for myself and my team between school and going to Japan.
  • For full funding for the rest of my team. Praying that we would continue to have full trust and dependence on God and remember His faithfulness.
  • For the continued preparation for my team and my heart’s to be humble and for God continue to mold us into men and women to be used by Him for his glory.
  • For the continued preparation for the hearts of the Japanese students. Prayer that God would continue to soften the hard ground for these students to hear the Gospel and to be receptive of Christ’s love through us.
  • For strength and endurance for the Navigators staff in Japan at Chuo University and that God would be continuing to use them to share the Gospel and love of Christ with the students. For them to be able to have some rest when we are able to partner with them this summer.

Thank you so much again for all of your prayers! Thank you for asking me directly for prayer requests because I have been lacking on updating y’all. I am looking forward to seeing how God will use this ministry opportunity to grow my team and I and glorify Himself in Japan!

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To God Be the Glory

 

“[God] needs no one, but when faith is present He works through anyone.” -A.W. Tozer on God’s Self-Sufficiency in “Knowledge of the Holy”

God can glorify Himself without me. Even if God did not choose me to be used by Him to share His love and the Gospel to the people of Japan, He would still be glorified. How humbling is that?

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. – Romans 1:20 (ESV)

His glory is already evident in the lives of those who believe in Him, in creation, and even in people who do not know Him. But it is so humbling for me to meditate on the fact that God has chosen me, a sinner who has been saved by grace alone and an inadequate servant, to glorify Him.

This trip is not for my glory. I can not save anyone and the growth that is going to be done in me and the work that is going to be done in these students’ lives is not of my own doing. All these things will be done through God and for His glory alone.

This trip is not for my glory. I hope that would truly be my prayer and that I would not take any glory away from God. I pray that my heart would be in the right attitude, a humble attitude, that is not going on this trip to glorify myself. I pray that I would not be using this to seek the recognition of others or for people to think that I am holy or anything like that. In reality, we are all level at the foot of the cross and we are all to be on our hands and knees before the throne thanking God for our salvation and His grace.

It is crazy but my team and I are leaving for Japan in less than two months!! God has been so good and so gracious so far in this process and I am so joyful to be able to have this opportunity to serve in God’s name. I am looking forward with so much excitement to see how God will be glorified this summer!

Some praises and prayer requests:

  • I am fully funded for this trip!! God has proved his sovereignty and power and has swung so many doors wide open with people wanting to partner with me in this ministry opportunity. However, if God leads you to give financially, please still do so and you will help to support the rest of my team.
  • God has been doing so much growth in my own personal walk and has been continuing to help me to understand the Gospel more and more and has been molding and shaping me for what He will do in me this summer.
  • Prayer for funding and prayer partner finding for the rest of my team. We are about 3 weeks away from our deadline for funding so prayer that God would bountifully provide for us.
  • Prayer for team unity. The next time our whole team will be all together in person is when we leave together at the airport so prayer that God will unite us all together for the common purpose to be used by Him and see His Gospel made known.
  • Prayer for the preparation of my team’s hearts and my own heart. God is going to powerfully make Himself known to these students but He is also going to be doing a lot of growth in our own lives. Prayer that He would be continuing to prepare us as we finish out our school years and that He would be molding us for what He will do through us.
  • Finally, prayer for the preparation and softening of the hearts of the Japanese students we will be ministering to and showing love to. Prayer that God would be sowing the soil of their hearts now to receive the seeds of God’s love and the Gospel.

Thank you so much for your time in reading this update and for continuing to be praying and supporting my team and I. I will be trying to update with prayer requests more often using this blog and prayerfully God will be continuing to be doing good work in my team and I as we prepare for Japan!!

 

 

Some of the Best Encouragement

This year has been an awesome experience writing this blog and sharing my encouragement and inspirations with all you readers and followers. I thought that doing this blog was more of a forced school assignment, but I have grown to love it. I am even inspired and encouraged by the quotes that I find and put in my blog posts. To wrap up this amazing rookie year of blogging, I want to share my final takes on three of the quotes that I have found that have really inspired me this sophomore year of high school.

How You Deal with Imperfections Picture Quote

 

When I first started this blog, I tried to think of personal experiences that would inspire people. It was so hard because I didn’t want to tell of all my flaws and how I’ve fixed them. Flaws are just embarrassing!  But I posted of my flaws anyway like how stressed out I got and how much I would cry over the death of a loved one and people responded so positively to them. This quote explains pretty much my whole blogging experience in two sentences. You honestly don’t have to be perfect to encourage and inspire others, you just have to be able to be open about how you fail and about your imperfections and it will give others the example to follow.

 

 

Nervousness Picture Quote

This quote from my English teacher continues to inspire me so much. Especially right now since it’s the other time of the year where every high school students starts to worry, panic and stress out about their finals. It just reminds me that I really do care about school and my grades and even though I’m nervous about borderline grades and everything, it’s okay because it just shows how much I care.

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Most of the quotes that I find are from anonymous people and those are so inspiring. It’s from an author named H. Jackson Brown Jr. whose book is right above his picture. He has come up with 511 suggestions on how you can be more joyful and happy. This quote has 5 things in that book but they are so small that we feel that we can’t sacrifice our time in order to do them. What if today was your last day, you would never be able to do that small joy again because you thought it was too minor? Especially for me while I’m doing all my homework and studying, I take a break and go on social media instead of going outside and taking in the fresh air. This quote has helped me to learn to always make time for the little joys in life instead of passing them by.

Small Joys Picture Collage

I hope these quotes are encouraging and inspiring to you too. If you ever need all of them in one spot, there is a place. Feel free to look at them and draw as much inspiration as you need.

This is Kayleen signing off for a first successful year of encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring.

Night or Day? Silence or Standing Up?

Night Silence

In Elie Wiesel’s Night, a Jewish man gets sent to a concentration camp before the rest of the people in his town did and he came back to try to warn his fellow people about the pain and the bad things that come with concentration camp. He sounded real but nobody wanted to believe him. They were trying to be positive and they tried to think that would never happen but it led to their downfall when they met their match and were put into a concentration camp and weren’t prepared.

Night Separated

It doesn’t take much to say something really powerful. Especially in this novel, the author doesn’t have to say much to make the message and what the Jews went through so powerful and real. He only has to take 115 pages full of words to prove her point. It only took him 8 words to explain how hard it was to separate from family and not be able to ever see them again or even know how they’re doing when they’re at the same camp as you, but separated.

Night Silence 2

Silence is a huge theme in this novel and it doesn’t just have to relate to the Holocaust. These two quotes bring up the cliche quote that everyone says

“Evil prevails when good men do nothing.”

So just because this novel talks about what happened in the past, it doesn’t mean that we can’t apply the same things to our lives today.