tony and marge abram, christian evangelist and missionaries

Tony and Marge abram
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Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!   

 

JAPAN MINISTRY and MISSION REPORT!
Volume XXXXIX No. 1

It was a great joy meeting our dear Japanese friends Aoki sensei and Yumiko sensei (Pastors of the ‘Good Samaritan Church’) at the Osaka Itami Airport in Japan. We had just completed a 15-hour non-stop flight from Atlanta, Georgia (prior to a two hour early morning drive to Atlanta Airport) to Tokyo, Narita Airport.

We were rushed through Customs and Immigrations from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 in time to make our connecting flight to Osaka. It is always wonderful to meet someone you know and are good with friends with at the end of a long journey. One day we will all go on that longest of journeys and will meet our dearest and most wonderful forever friend, the Lord Jesus Christ. To be sure of meeting Him is make friends with Him here on earth.

We do that by receiving Him as Saviour, Lord and Master.

- John 1:12 (KJV) But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
- John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Friendship with Jesus is Fellowship Divine.


The Church is full and running over

Aoki sensei interpreting for both Tony and Marge Abram.
 

Martha helps Tony by translating their needs and praying also.

Aoki sensei interpreting for both Tony and Marge Abram.
During our mission in Japan we had ‘American Thanksgiving’ and after the service, no turkey but the Japanese ladies prepared many tasty dishes for us to eat. They did not know it was ‘Thanksgiving Day’ in America but Lord provided an excellent Thanksgiving dinner Japanese style.

Praise the Lord! Just four days prior November 20th, Marge and I had celebrated our 49th Wedding Anniversary with a Japanese meal.

We have celebrated our anniversary in many different lands celebrating with anything from cold salami sandwiches, to a hamburger at McDonalds, to foods we did not recognize or having nothing to eat.


Young and elderly preparing for their baptism.

Marge joyfully shares Jesus.

Pastor Aoki baptizes.

Jim Snipe with new convert.
However, what a joy it has been to serve the Lord in so many different lands, bringing precious people to Christ. We had not returned to Japan for almost two years. Most of the brethren we know and minister with are south of the city of Tokyo where most of the destruction, death, harm from the tsunami, earthquake, fallout and typhoons took place north of Tokyo.

The churches of southern Japan have done much to help the people who suffered so much in the north. That and what the churches and Christians from abroad, have made quite an impression and impact on those suffering in the north who received help and assistance.

- Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We were able to travel to Sumioto, Awaji Island to be with the Snipes, missionaries and dear friends of ours for many years, for ministry. We crossed the world’s longest suspension bridge, (almost 3 miles long, 5 km) to reach Awaji Island and city of Sumioto.



Darla Snipe, Rebecca Steel and Marge.

Jim, Darla, Marge and Tony.
Jim and Darla Snipe also have a Day Care Center at their church, using this as a tool reach the parents for the Lord. They have an excellent helper in this that God sent them from Alberta, Canada, a pastor’s daughter we preached once for in British Columbia. She has been working with them for two years; Rebecca Steel was 21 years old when God called her to Japan.

Over the years we have helped young people go to the mission fields such as Martha Heimsoth, a pastor’s daughter from Indiana. We helped her go to Japan where she has had a wonderful ministry these past 7 years. She was only 17 years old and the youngest person to ever receive a missionary visa in Japan.


The Good Samaritan Choir sings praises.

Tony teaches session to staff.

Tony with Jim Snipe.

Tony enjoys preaching the Gospel!

Marge loves animals.

Marge sings with the anointing.
One special miracle of salvation that took place in the outreach meeting, in their beautiful church building, was a man that Jim had been dealing with. He received the Lord and was wonderfully saved.

It brings to mind the scripture: (John 4:37 KJV) And herein is that saying true, One soweth, and another reapeth. 38 I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. This has been our ministry; God has sent us to reap the harvest in many lands where others have planted the Word of God.


Associate Pastor Ishi

Tony and Marge enjoy food and fellowship
with the Yamamotos.

This brother always invites Tony with Jim for breakfast.

Tony and Marge Abram.
We are evangelists and that is the work of an evangelist is to win souls. We Praise God for this calling and privilege of winning souls to Christ. We had dedicated this church a few years ago.

You may go to our website at www.tonyabam.com to “Good News’ Vol. 45 no. 9 and see the dedication report and of the Church School. In Vol. 47 No. 2 you can see the dedication of the parsonage in Sumioto. For the groundbreaking, go back to Vol, 45 No.2 on our website.


Tony & Marge with Pastor Aoki’s grandchildren.

Ibaragi san speaks good English.
Over the years, we dedicated the ‘Good Samaritan Church’ in Inagawa, Japan, the parsonage and the school as well. Marge and I are ‘Honorary Pastors’ of the ‘Good Samaritan Church’ in Inagawa. Although we are not apostles, but we do, at times, apostolic work which we count a privilege. Japan has had much seed (Word of God) sown throughout the Island Nation of Japan. What is needed is an outpouring of the Spirit of God to water the seed. (Acts 3:19 KJV) Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Acts 3:21 Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.


Note the Japanese words behind Marge as she sings.

We believe that Day is soon as we look upon the happenings in the world around us. We must work while it is day, while we are able, for the night is truly coming when no one will be able to work.  The Day of the Lord is drawing very near.

Another highlight, in addition to outreach ministry, was sharing in staff meetings with the church, talking to students and people interested in the Gospel on a one to one basis. Marge is very good at this type of ministry. Also, we were in involved in a water baptismal service and we preached the 28th Anniversary Service of the Good Samaritan Church.

We were treated kindly as always in the homes of the Aokis, the Snipes and the other homes we visited for ministry, fellowship and food. The Japanese Christians are some of God’s very finest.

Please continue to pray for Marge and myself as we endeavor to continue to take the Gospel to the Nations. God bless you and yours.

Tony and Marge Abram.


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