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Tony and Marge Abram have been sharing God's Good News for over 58 years!

JAPAN MINISTRY REPORT 2015!
Volume 52 No. 2

We touched down in Japan after 36 hours of traveling and waiting, we arrived at Kansai Airport in Osaka, Japan. It was a relief to get off the plane and be met by our dear friends Aoki and Yumiko sensei.  We were coming for ministry and would enjoy the fellowship as well. 

The special event was the 30-year anniversary of the Good Samaritan Church. Marge and I are honorary pastors of the church.  We had the privilege of dedicating the church and parsonage. Later we dedicated the Good Samaritan Christian School from 1st to 12th grades.  It was the first in the country funded only by the local church.  Later I was the first president of the Good Samaritan Bible College. 

We have had the joy of ordaining a number of workers over the years in outreach ministries.  The church is still the fastest growing work in Western Japan with works as far away as Okinawa. 

We wrote about it in our Good News some months ago. The large church was packed and as I preached the anointing fell.  Not only did the Lord bless spiritually but the fellowship was so joyful.  Marge sang under such an anointing.  The fellowship and food was in abundance.


Part of the standing room crowd!

We traveled from Osaka area by car with Missionary Jim Snipe. He has been a Missionary with his wife Darla in Japan for more than 25 years. Along the way, we stopped to visit our dear friends Yamamoto san and his wife.

After a Japanese snack, we continued on our journey to the Snipes. We had dedicated first the grounds, later the church and then a year later, the parsonage.

Marge and I stayed in a room in the church. As in Japanese custom, we slept on the floor on mats. I have to say the first couple nights were difficult to get up from the floor.

However, after a week or so, I was able to get up much easier. Marge and I have slept it over 4,000 beds all over the world in our 52 years of missionary evangelism.

The Snipes kept us busy. The church on Awaji Island, in the town of Sumoto City is called Sumoto Good Samaritan Chapel.   In addition, the Snipes, not only pastor the church but they have a kindergarten, using this as a tool to reach into the homes of the unbelievers.


The choir blessed us both in English and Japanese.

Yumiko sensei and Aoki sensei, Senior Pastors.
There is only 1 to 2 percent Christians in Japan.  So you see, there is much work to be done. The Snipes and other Christian leaders believe that a great revival is to take place before the coming of Christ. The Aokis and Snipes believe that Marge and I will have a part in that harvest. Darla Snipe has come a long way with the Japanese language.

Tony Abram preaches with Aoki sensei.

Before Marge sings she shares with Aoki sensei her testimony.

They had a special cake commemorating their 30 year celebration photo below. 

Martha now has been in Japan for 10 years.  We helped her to come as the youngest missionary accepted in Japan in photo bottom right. There in the picture bottom left is Mipo who is now 16 years old and a very good interpreter. She first interpreted us when she was only 5 years old.

We went shopping in Japan. It was so cute, little Mipo with us being such big westerners. Her parents are associate pastors in the work doing a wonderful ministry in the school and other outreaches.


Granddaughter of the Aokis, Mipo and Marge.

Missionary Martha Heimsoth with Marge.

We had the joy of dedicating first the land, then church and last of all, parsonage.

We traveled from Osaka area by car with Missionary Jim Snipe. He has been a Missionary with his wife Darla in Japan for more than 25 years.  Along the way, we stopped to visit our dear friends Yamamoto san and his wife. After a Japanese snack, we continued on our journey to the Snipes. We had dedicated first the grounds, later the church and then a year later, the parsonage. Marge and I stayed in a room in the church.

As in Japanese custom, we slept on the floor on mats. I have to say the first couple nights were difficult to get up from the floor. However, after a week or so, I was able to get up much easier. Marge and I have slept it over 4,000 beds all over the world in our 52 years of missionary evangelism.


Some of kindergarten children doing a skit.

Missionary Darla Snipe interpreting Tony Abram

The Snipes kept us busy. The church on Awaji Island, in the town of Sumoto City is called Sumoto Good Samaritan Chapel.  In addition, the Snipes, not only pastor the church but they have a kindergarten, using this as a tool to reach into the homes of the unbelievers. There is only 1 to 2 percent Christians in Japan. So you see, there is much work to be done.

The Snipes and other Christian leaders believe that a great revival is to take place before the coming of Christ. The Aokis and Snipes believe that Marge and I will have a part in that harvest.

Darla Snipe has come a long way with the Japanese language. We only know a few people that spend so many nights and time in prayer as she.  In the bottom right photo, she interprets before Marge sings


Marge is holding Japanese baby. She is a spiritual mother and grandmother to many around the world
including the children in the back ground.

Marge and Darla.
In the bottom right, Jim is performing a Japanese-western wedding between one of his flock and Rebecca Steel from Canada who works in the church.
In the top left, we are having tea with a our dear 88 year old Ibaraki san and his wife, then with my Japanese friend Shiro kun, whom I believe soon to be the first deacon at the Chapel. He is showing me his book recently printed in the bottom left.

Tony, Marge, Darla and Jim Snipe, our Japanese Representatives.

Pray for Japan We will return

God Bless you. Your missionary evangelists. Tony & Marge Abram.

Tony and Marge Abram

 


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