What are some things considered impossible today? The Cubs winning the world series? They sure almost pulled it off, but it still remains to be done! How about the Reutter’s conceiving anything but a girl? Our track record so far has been 4 girls conceived — not very good odds if one wants a boy. How about the Japanese responding to God’s love in Jesus on a national scale? Historically, there’s not much to pin your hope on except for a couple revivals that were quickly stifled by some of the worst persecution seen in the history of the Church.
Even though our lives are full of “impossibilities,” for those who are in Christ, we know all things are possible — especially when we are walking in the middle of His perfect will. And with that, I’d like to announce that the next baby Reutter is in fact a boy, Joshua Kenneth Reutter. Yes, the impossible has come true! Early on in Ruth’s pregnancy, Rebecca dreamed that the baby was a boy and when asked what we should name him, she said “Joshua — because he was so strong and brave!” Joshua was one of the names we already liked, so we went with that. We also decided his middle name would be Kenneth — in honor of my dad. The date for the cesarean birth is January 21. Ruth is doing quite well considering all the work of keeping up a family of 5! We are preparing our family and home for the addition — which means looking for a bigger place to reside (2 bedrooms and an office won’t cut it any more).
A certain study said that winning one Japanese for Christ in Japan is like winning 25 people for Christ in another country! Many Japanese actually give their lives to Christ when they are living outside the country — away from their strong culture. The cultural oppression can be great, but we’re seeing a grace even greater moving through the Church inside Japan. Since the last update, we have seen 3 Japanese give their lives to the Lord in our cell group alone, not to mention many other lives being won by our church. The change that happens in the lives of these precious people has been amazing to see. They are experiencing true peace, love and hope for the first time in their lives, and their faces just light up with life! It is a night and day kind of difference, one that will draw the attention of others. Now, we are preparing for a wonderful holiday season of reaching out and sharing the love of Jesus with so many others. Your prayers and support are making such a difference!
My parents (Ken and Joanne) are now visiting for a month and it has been wonderful to have them here to reconnect personally with the kids. And the kids are just loving it! We’ve taken advantage of the time — at least as much as possible outside full-time language school and ministry — to do mini-vacations together and make as many memories as possible. Many of them have been thoroughly documented on our Facebook pages 🙂 Soon, Ruth’s parents will come at the new year to spend time together and to help as Joshua’s birthday comes near.
We appreciate SO MUCH all your love and support, as we could not do what we do without it. Yes, God provides, and He is graciously doing it through each one of you, and we couldn’t be more thankful. And as you can see, God is doing a new work in Japan — we believe that the generation that is coming up now is the one that will change Japan forever. This is the time of harvest and we are co-laborers in it! God bless you!