Japan Ministry Report - 2004
for Ishi sensei and his wife in their new church plant in Osaka.
|The morning after we arrived in Osaka, Japan, we went to the
opening service of a new church plant in downtown Osaka. We also had the
opportunity to dedicate Ishi sensei and his wife Noriko sensei as pastors.
We had ordained Ishi sensei a few years
ago. It was wonderful to pray for them. It had been 5 years since we
had ordained him to the ministry. Since that time this is the third church
that God has used them in a special way.
time in a church and receives Jesus!
That evening we traveled to the island of Awaji
for a few days with our Associate Evangelists, Jim and Darla Snipe.
The Lord blessed the ministry and we were kept quite busy. One
of the highlights was the ordination service in which we ordained Darla
Snipe. (It appears the Lord has us doing apostolic work from time to time.)
Marge, Jim & Darla at dinner.
Tony & Aoki sensei
ordaining Darla Snipe.
Marge Abram with
Darla Snipe interpreting.
Tony with Ishi sensei and his wife.
|A missionary attending from Finland told
of her leg healing the last time we were in Japan. She now requested prayer
for her back. The Spirit of the Lord moved in a wonderful way on this
Mission as well.
Before Jim and Darla took us to Inagawa to work with Aoki
sensei and his dear wife Yumiko sensei, we were guests at the leading hotel
there and believe it or not; we were treated to a dinner at their ‘French
Restaurant.’ Jim and Darla have been trying to win the owners to Jesus.
Working with the Aokis is always a great joy and blessing. They are
dedicated to the Work of God. One of the titles given to us in Japan is
‘greatest couple in the world.’ However, we think they are a great couple,
having given their all to the Lord Jesus. It was a special joy and privilege
to have an ordination service in Inagawa as well.
We ordained Yumiko sensei along with two
other ministers, Michihito Kaneko sensei, son in law to Aoki sensei and
associate pastor and director of the Christian School and Seiji Ikeda sensei
pastoring a new church in the Osaka area. God stretched forth His hand in a
We were joined for a few days with
Evangelist Harley Fiddler. He had been teaching in Northern Japan at the
Christ for the Nations School and joined us for several meetings.
We also did
one seminar for Christians together. Working with Harley Fiddler, veteran
missionary evangelist and teacher, is always a special blessing to us.
Sensei's Seiji Kaneko & Michihto &
He taught in two Bible
Schools in Osaka along with also joining Marge and I in teaching the
students of various classes of students at the Christian School.
He is honest, sincere and dedicated. We
do not often get many opportunities to work with him.
However, when we do, it is always
wonderful ministry and a joy to work with Harley as not only is he always
upbeat but also a man filled with the Spirit and Word of God.
We have worked together in
Japan, Taiwan, USA, Ukraine, Belarus and India. He started his ministry as a
Harley Fiddler with his interpreter
Then he served in
1978-1979 as Campus Pastor, Faculty Member and Missions Director at Rhema
Bible Training Center of Kenneth Hagin Ministries and in 1983 to 1985, he
served on the Faculty and was Dean of Family Ministries at Christ For The
Nations in Dallas, Texas.
This, I believe, was the Lord
preparing him for the ministry of missionary evangelism. His ministry and
outreach is similar to our ministry.
Perhaps that is why our ministries
flow together so well.
We left him for further ministry in
the Osaka area, to fly to Okinawa, which is located in the south-westernmost
end of Japan, consisting of 48 islands, including the main island.
Its climate is mild and
humid, and between the summer and autumn seasons, typhoons usually appear.
Harley can sing as well and was a
Marge with Yumiko teaching the
at the School.
Revival is coming to Japan. God moved in a wonderful way, giving us souls
and confirming His Word. Perhaps the greatest miracle we saw was in a
service where many manifestations were taking place.
Many were even slain under the power
of the Holy Spirit. A 40-year man came forward with tears. He said he
had never been in a Christian church. He wanted to have what we all
had. With tears flowing and saying his heart was on fire, he gave his life
to Jesus. Praise the Lord!
We feel this is why God has sent us
back to Japan, sometimes more than once a year. God is using us to plant
much seed and I believe is some small way we are helping prepare for the
coming Outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
We know we are doing the
Commission of Jesus found in: Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into
all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Thank you for
your part in helping Marge and I take the Gospel to so many parts of the
world over the many years of Missionary Evangelism
<--- Marge playing and
singing to the Lord!
Tony preaching in Okinawa!
Mat 28:18 "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is
given unto me in heaven and in earth. Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Mat 28:20 "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
God bless you and yours.
On behalf of this generation, your friends in the service of Christ,
Tony and Marge Abram
Abundant Life Crusades