Sept. prayer letter

September, 2009 Greetings! It’s been a while since we have communicated with you and a lot of things have been happening. The last time we were just vacating our house in Ebetsu, Hokkaido and continuing to live and work in Tokyo, filling in for Don and Ruth McDonald. God has been blessing the Good News Chapel FWB church. Believers have been “growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” One of the exciting happenings was the birth of our first grandchild on May 15th. Alexander Gregory was born to James and Jennifer Cornelius in Nashville, Tennessee and Grandma had to go see him. Grandpa wanted to go but already had other commitments. I enjoyed spending time with family. Doug and his wife Miriam live in the Nashville area, so on weekends I visited with them. During the week I stayed with Jennifer and James and helped with the baby and the house. Kevin was able to visit for a couple of days and so three of the children were together. Then at a family reunion in Alabama, Doug, Miriam, Jennifer, Alex and I were able to see Jeffery. Another exciting thing going on at almost the same time was Dale’s research trip with Deputy Director of Field Operations, Jeff Turnbough. For the first two weeks of June they were in China, Laos and Myanmar along with ELIC Overseas Director, David Addington. They were working on expanding a partnership with ELIC and FWBIM as well as researching opportunities for non-traditional church planting. They visited several schools and meeting places and talked with many people and ate some interesting foods. You’ll have to ask Dale to tell you about it when you see him. The 24th of August we moved back to Hokkaido until November when we will be returning to the States for Stateside Assignment. The McDonalds arrived back on the 17th of August and have resumed their ministry with Good News Chapel FWB Church. Be in prayer for them and the church during this time of transition. We are thankful to have Brother Bob MacGill and his wife Sue from California here again to help with a siding project. The mission center is in need of some major repairs. Dale, Nathan Snow and Bob will be doing the work. Pray for Good News Chapel FWB Church and the McDonalds during this time of transition. Pray that the believers will continue to grow and reach out to their friends and families. Pray for us with more transitions still to come. Pray for our family. Pray for the kingdom work going on in other parts of Asia. Pray that things will go smoothly and safely as the siding project continues. As always, we covet your prayers for the ongoing outreach, Bible studies, sermons, personal evangelization and counseling in which we are involved. Sunday one of the believers was sharing her problems in dealing with an unbelieving family after the death of her father. Pray that we will give wise counsel and that she will listen and follow the teachings of God’s Word. Thank you for your support and prayers. See you soon. May God richly bless you! Dale and Sandra Bishop


The Bishops have served in Japan planting and strengthening churches since September of 1975.

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