Summer Events and Welcome Guests

Dear Friends,
It is good to be writing you all again. Here we are experiencing a very hot and humid Japanese Summer. And it is typhoon season as well. We already had one last week and we hear tell that two more are on the way. But despite the weather, we are still very blessed to be here in the land of the rising sun.

The Shine Kids program has wrapped up for the summer and the Shine English Language school finished just last Friday. Thank you all so much for praying for students for the two English Programs. The Machida Shine Kids semester finished with about 10 students when we started with 5 this semester. And the Shine English Language school now has 20 students that are taking lessons every week or every other week. And now that the two programs are on summer break, we are gearing up for the series of summer events here at Horizon.

Already we have had one Shine Kids summer program in Setagaya that was a great time. We had one student that we have not seen in two years come by with four of her friends. It was a blessing to see her again and to meet her friends. They will be coming to our Setagaya program again next week, so please pray for a blessed time.

Also, we have been blessed to have our friend Daniel Britt finally arrive in Tokyo. He has only been here for a few days but already have put him to work, helping out with our Shine Kids Machida Summer Program which finished up  today. And tomorrow, he will be teaching five English lessons at the Shine English language School Summer Event! He has been a big help already and will a blessing to have around in the weeks to come.

Next week, Daniel and I are going to go on the church retreat and helping out for three days with the kids program there. And then the next week a group of 12 will be coming out from Anaheim for the VBS event. The staff here are all working feverishly to get done with everything before their arrival. Please be praying for attendance for the VBS which has been a little slower coming in this year than it has been in the past. Pray for 50 kids to
come each day and for God to bless the event. Also pray that God would give us wisdom in getting the word out to people to come. 

Our International Fellowship Pastor, Pastor Rich and his family has headed back to America for a summer vacation. So, we at the International Fellowship are going to be blessed to have some guest speakers come and share at our service. Even I will be able to share a message a couple times next month as well. Please pray for this time, that God would bless this time of guest speakers and that Pastor Rich and his family would have a refreshing time stateside. 

I think that is all for now. Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We love you all and are praying for your. And please know that for those who would like to come and visit us like our friend Daniel , our doors are always open to you! We would love to have you!

Alex, Tomoko, Daisy, and Baby Robinson