- Praise God for a fabulous 2 weeks in Minnesota at Christmas for the holidays, and my twin sister, Lisa’s wedding.
- Lisa, and I own a house together in St. Paul. We recently put it on the market for sale the 28 of January. Please pray it would sell quickly and at a good price to someone who will be a great neighbor to those who have been great neighbors to us. UPDATE: On Feb. 7, (our birthday) an offer was made on the house, pending inspection and other details going smoothly - closing could be March 17!
|The sign makes it official!|
- My 82 year old Grandma, in Minnesota, has recently been placed in hospice care and her health is slowly declining. Pray for peace for the family and comfort for her in her last days.
|My mom & Grandma|
- I have decided not to renew my contract with Kansai Christian School for next year. After considering past experiences, current circumstances, and future hopes I feel God is leading me to step away from the school. I will continue to teach at KCS until the end of the school year. I am in communication with other Converge missionaries regarding future ministry assignments in Japan. Thank you for praying with me as I seek to finish well at KCS and honor Him as I share the decision with other staff members, students, friends & ministry partners. Pray that I would continue to seek HIS face in all of this, have the wisdom to discern his plan and have the courage to follow where he leads.
|l. to r. Lori, John & Eliane Mehn, Ian Smith, MaryLou & Tom Ellison|
Japan Field Council was held March 24-26 northwest of Tokyo. There, as a team, we talked, prayed and made many big decisions. My future ministry plan was discussed, which has led to more explorations of some exciting opportunities. It is such a blessing to work with this group and have them supporting me through this ministry transition. (We also ate a lot of delicious food!)
|Tom & MaryLou at Happy Pension (location of field council)|
We also celebrated the Ellison's 30 years of ministry in Japan. Retirement parties are another paradox - wanting to keep in Japan these dear friends who have become family to me, and yet excited to see how God writes this next chapter in their story. Pray with me as they begin the transition into this next chapter.