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Go Time!

August 6: Heaven View Christian Fellowship Church Service, Peoria IL at 5:30 pm
August 7: New Life Christian Church Services, Morton IL
August 14: Sandwich Federated Church Service
August 18: Peoria Area Open House at New Life Christian Church starting at 6pm
August 21: 1st Free Moline Service
August 21: Quad Cities Open House at 1st Free Moline starting at 4 pm

The girls will have 5 weeks off for their summer vacation, and we will be making the most of it! Come see us at one of the these places and times, especially the open houses, as we will be sharing about the exciting things happening in Japan and how God is moving powerfully here. We will have snacks at the Open Houses, so we will be asking for RSVPs if you are planning on coming. We can’t wait for you to meet Joshua and see how the girls have grown up.

Before our big trip to the States, we have a couple of other important trips planned. On April 16 a massive earthquake rocked the southern Japanese island of Kumamoto. It was the largest earthquake ever recorded for that area, and in a moment the lives of everyone living there was turned upside down. Our church sent a team from our DIFLEN (Discipling and Forming Leaders in the Nations) missions’ school down to the area to help and minister to the people. What happened was miraculous. As the team served, God’s love was poured out in such a tangible way that many people gave their lives to Jesus and many were healed. One lady told a team member that she wanted to raise her hand to accept Jesus, but was not physically able to. When they prayed for her healing, she was instantly healed and raised both hands all the way up in the air and started to praise God! Now we are planning a second trip, and I will be going with this team from our church — an international team of missionaries and Japanese church members that will continue to share God’s love in tangible ways. The trip is scheduled for June 16-22. Check out this video we made from our first trip to Kumamoto.

Then on July 9, our family boards a plane for the first time in over 2 years (since we moved to Japan). We are taking to the skies on 14 different flights for 7 weeks of travel. The first few weeks will be spent in Brazil, where Ruth’s brother Paul will be getting married! Around all the festivities planned will be an extended family reunion on Ruth’s side of the family. Then we come back for a busy 4 weeks in the States, including the schedule above and a couple other family reunions on my side of the family.

We can’t thank you enough for all yours prayers and support for us. We can’t wait to tell you some of the things that God has been doing — even recently — and how powerfully lives are being touched here in Japan. And we are all looking forward to a time of catching up, both in Brazil and in the U.S. God bless you! See you soon 🙂

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Big News: New Life!

Beautiful and Pregnant!!
Beautiful and Pregnant!!

Our big news, in case you haven’t heard, is that Ruth is pregnant! We have always dreamed of having 4 kids, and now we are well on the way to seeing that happen. Baby Reutter is due late next January. The girls are very excited and Becca thinks it will be a boy and we should name him Joshua because he was such a strong man in the Bible! Go figure! We’ll find out soon enough if it is a boy (our track record has been to the contrary so far).

Speaking of new life, at our recent church baptism, we baptized three people from our cell group — 2 Japanese and an ex-pat from America. God is doing wonderful things in our church and in our cell group. We have a number of people attending our cell group right now very interested in the Gospel and our prayer for them is for the revelation of God’s love in Jesus. Our big goal for the end of the year is to raise up 4 different leaders to lead their own groups. Please pray with us for an out-pouring of grace to see that happen. It is a God-sized goal and we look to Him to do it through us.

The church was packed for a very exciting baptism service!
The church was packed for a very exciting baptism service!
Ruth baptizing Yuki!
Ruth baptizing Yuki!

The girls have been learning more and more Japanese, and their teacher says they are doing a good job of making new friends and playing with the other kids. (I was excited because I was able to read most of her letter that she wrote us in Japanese.) They just started summer break and will be taking some extra Japanese classes to help strengthen their Japanese. We keep praying that they will continue to adjust well and make lots of friends with whom they can share the love of God. They love dancing in their ballerina class and they share dad’s love for music.

These girls light up any environment!
These girls light up any environment!

I (Nate) continue to study downtown Tokyo in Shinjuku. I have been studying over a year now and would like to continue studying as long as possible. The full program is two years long, and even after two years people often aren’t fully fluent. Just having to learn 2,000 different kanji (drawings) for words is challenging enough, let alone a brand new vocabulary and grammar. But we press on, and Ruth is studying as much as possible at home while taking care of 3 kids, a husband and a cell group (all while being very pregnant and feeling it)!

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Sarah is no longer a baby — she just turned 2 years old and is an all-out toddler; babbling, saying her letters and naming colors. She has turned into quite a little comedian that keeps us quite entertained. Her favorite activities include flying through the air, writing on things she shouldn’t and going outside to play in the dirt.

Last but not least, this Sunday begins a 3-week fast leading up to the 70th year anniversary of the end of World War II. Our church is praying for breakthrough for our church and the Japanese people. During this time, please be praying with us for God to do a new work. For more information about the heart behind the fast, see this recent emailing from PAZ.

We praise God for each one of you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your sacrificial support. God’s Kingdom is advancing in Japan, and it’s advancing because of you! We pray God’s rich blessings on you and your families. We love you!!

Let's keep praying for an outpouring of love of Japan like has never been seen!
Let’s keep praying for an outpouring of love of Japan like has never been seen!
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Changing Tides

We love baptisms and everything they mean. The decision to get baptized is a big decision for anyone — you are identifying with Christ’s burial and resurrection in a profound public statement. In Japan, it’s an even bigger statement, as only 1% of the Japanese are Christians. The social pressure to not do anything outside of the “normal” is immense, and my hat goes off to these two wonderful young people. God is truly doing an awesome work here, as after this very public and fun baptism at the beach, a number of other people from church decided to get baptized, including two people from our cell group!

I made this video with my good friend and fellow missionary John to try to capture a bit of the excitement here in Japan. At the time of this writing, it has over 350 views, which is more than our attendance! Enjoy!

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Leaving for Japan!

The day has finally come, and on April 24, we leave for Japan!  Since January 15, we’ve been busy here in the States visiting friends, family, supporters and churches.  We put more than 12,000 miles on our van in the most brutal winter in recent history.  This is one family of seasoned travelers!  Some of our highlights include 2 family reunions: one with my side of the family in Detroit and one with Ruth’s side of the family in Orlando.  We also had a great time seeing so many friends.  We wish we had more time with everyone, but it is now time to do what we’ve been preparing for all along.  This is it!

We leave early next Thursday morning from O’Hare for Japan, and we already have a place to live lined up.  It’s a 3 bedroom house with a total of 1,000 square feet.  Time to get used to squeezing everyone in!  The girls will soon begin school at the beginning of May at the church’s preschool.  Then on July 1st, Ruth and I go to school: language school.

One of our goals for this furlough was to raise more money for our new life in Japan, which we estimate will be nearly double the cost of Brazil.  We have had several individuals add or increase support, which has been very encouraging.  We’ve been able to visit a couple of new churches as well as our current supporting churches. We are so thankful for each and every supporter, and if you’d like to join us, we could still use the support.  Click here to find out about supporting us.

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Japan Bound

The time has come — we are moving to Japan on April 24! But first we go to the States on January 14 for three months of visiting, support raising and a little vacation. We are looking for a place for our family of 5 to stay, preferably in the Quad Cities or Peoria area, and a vehicle big enough to move us around. If you know of anything that’s available, please drop us an email! We just sent out our newsletter about our move to Japan, including what we’ll be doing, so if you didn’t receive it already in the mail, here it is. Just click to open!

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