August 2013 Prayer Letter

August 12, 2013 in Prayerletters | Comments (0)

 

Dear Pastors and Praying Friends,

 

Praise the Lord for answered prayer! Thank you all for you unceasing prayers – we are officially on the mission field of Misawa, Japan! With packing, travels, meetings, paperwork, and more packing since May, it sometimes seemed like we’d never make it to our flight from LAX; but God has strengthened and encouraged us and brought us where we need to be in His perfect time.

 

Faith Baptist Church, Misawa, Japan

 

We spent the month of May in Alaska where we had meetings at several churches. We are so thankful for the pastors who live to reach Alaska with the Gospel, and Jesse had the opportunity there to lead Ryne to the Lord! We continued our travels in June and July. Every time we had the chance to stop at our apartment in Tucson, we packed boxes to mail to Japan. During our travels, the Lord worked it out for us to say goodbye to family and friends across the country. Our last service at Sun and Shield Baptist Church in Marana, AZ was on July 7th. We are especially thankful to them for their love, encouragement, and support throughout our deputation ministry.

 

 

Jesse and Ryne in Anchorage, Alaska

 

On July 17th, we boarded a plane in Los Angeles and flew to Tokyo where Lynne’s parents picked us up. We got to spend a week with the Navatos and Yokosuka Baptist Church before taking a train up to Misawa. We’ve been in Misawa for two weeks, and it’s been exciting getting to know the church, the people, and the area. Pastor and Mrs. Popwell have been so kind as they’ve been showing us around and training us in different areas of the ministry here. Faith Baptist Church has so many opportunities for outreach – both to the U.S. military and the Japanese – and discipleship, and we are so thrilled to be a part of it!

 

 

Lynne distributing Japanese tracts in Yokosuka

 

Jesse painting his office at church

 

Please pray specifically that we’d get our visas soon. During our travels in the States we applied for our visas at the Anchorage, Los Angeles, and Atlanta consulates; but we didn’t have sufficient paperwork at any of them (all Japanese consulates have different requirements – different even from what they say on the phone or list on their web sites!) We can stay in Japan for ninety days on a tourist visa, and our church secretary Seiko and Pastor Dan Gardner in Okinawa are working hard to help us obtain our “religious” visas long before the ninety days are over. Without the visas, we are not able to rent a house or buy a car; so we are obviously eager to get the visas. Also, pray with us as we continue to ask churches for support. Our current support level is 82%, and the Lord always provides for our needs. However, we know we could serve Him more effectively if we raise 100% of the amount He laid on our hearts, especially as the yen rate fluctuates. Finally, continue to pray for all our military personnel and their families stationed abroad.

 

Thank you for your commitment to the Great Commission!

 

In His Service,

 

Jesse and Lynne Pilalas

Your Missionaries to the U.S. Military in Misawa, Japan

 


Testimony by Sydney Reyes

October 31, 2012 in Testimonies about Military Missions | Comments (0)

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We also met the Reyes family in Okinawa, Japan. We all grew together at Maranatha Baptist Church and still enjoy “family reunions” with them whenever we visit Lancaster, California. The Reyeses love serving the Lord. In Okinawa, Sydney often worked nights and spent his days helping wherever he could at the church and academy. I often wondered when he slept! Vicki taught at Maranatha Baptist Academy, and Janis and Ajana helped her and the other teachers as soon as classes ended each day. We praise the Lord for bringing this wonderful family into our lives, and families like this one make serving in military missions extra special. Thank you, Sydney for your testimony and kind words!

 

Military families move a lot. It helps when they move to a foreign land and be able to go to a church to worship, fellowship, and make lasting friends. We thank God for military missionaries who God called to foreign lands to minister, be a blessing, encourage saved military families to grow in their relationship with God, and share the Gospel to those who are not saved, military or not.

Military missions mean a lot to our family. Personally, military missions hold a special place in my heart for it was in a military missions church (Maranatha Baptist Church, Okinawa) that God saved me from my sins.
It means a lot for my family for it is in one that we made friends who over the years have become family. But more importantly, it was there that God gave us the awesome privilege to grow closer to Him and know Him more personally.

Jesse and Lynne has been a blessing and to us, especially to our daughters. We always look forward to them visiting us and yet, we are more excited to see them go into the field and be used of God for the harvest. We will miss them as they go to where God has called them. We thank and praise God for them.

Sydney and Vicki Reyes and children (Janis, Ajana, and Zeke)
US Navy, Retired
Lancaster, CA, USA


Testimony by Roxanne Daniels

October 23, 2012 in Testimonies about Military Missions | Comments (0)

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We met Roxanne Daniels at Marantha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan in 2007. She and her husband JD were doing a great job there serving in several ministries, including the teen group. We only knew them for a short while before they had to move back to the States, but it was a blessing to see a family that was so involved in serving the Lord through their local church overseas. JD retired from the Air Force in 2008.

I came to know the Lord in 1999 while our family was stationed at Yokota Air Base, Japan. My husband JD was deployed within a month of our arrival in Japan. The deployment was made easier for our children and me because my mother traveled to Japan with us. While JD was away, I met a young woman named Kristi who shared the Gospel with me and invited me to her church. The church was Yokota Baptist pastored by Steve Nutt. My family (minus my deployed husband) began to attend services; and within three weeks, my mom and I received the Lord as our Savior together on the same day. When JD returned from deployment, he started to attend with me a little reluctantly. About eight weeks later, during a missions conference, he too came to know the Lord. My daughter was saved later in the same year, and my son was saved at Yokota two years later under Pastor Warren Webster. My mom passed away just as we were leaving Japan, but we could rejoice in the assurance of her salvation and place in Heaven. I can’t imagine our lives without the Lord, and that was made possible by military missions.


Thanksgiving

November 23, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (2)

This time of year is a great time to be thankful for the military serving our country. They defend our freedom to have such holidays intended to worship God in thanks. Thank God and pray for those who cannot be with their families this year.

We are blessed to represent our Savior. We are blessed to have the salvation He offers freely. Thank the Lord!

Hebrews 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.


Military Missions Goes Full Circle

March 9, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

We are at the missions conference at Heritage Baptist Church in Mehlingen, Germany right now. The pastor is Gary Craft, who was my family’s pastor when we lived in Spain 25 years ago. Were it not for Pastor and Mrs. Craft’s influence on my parents, my parents probably would not be where they are as missionaries reaching the military. Consequently, I would not be where I am. Praise the Lord, military missions has gone full-circle; and that’s what it’s all about.


The Global Outreach of Military Missions

January 18, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

Recently we have seen may people in churches that are from military churches we have been a part of. It seems that wherever we go we meet someone who was reached through military missions or was in some way affected in a church overseas.

 Military missions, in all its dozens of ministries worldwide, touches more than the local bases in Germany, Japan, Italy, Guam, and the churches stateside that have special military ministries. When a member of the military is stationed overseas, the typical tour of duty is about one to three years. In this time, a military missionary has a great opportunity to reach the with the Gospel, disciple them, and get them plugged into a ministry. After the tour of duty is over, with God’s help, the faithful ones will move on to another church back in the States and be  fruitful active member. Other still will become missionaries and pastors themselves, reaching many more souls and making the ministry go full-circle.

 In 2010, we saw several people in churches all over the States that have come from Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan. Four of these were Bible college students training for ministry. 

And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. II Tim. 2:2


Merry Christmas!

December 2, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

Merry Christmas! I trust you are enjoying the blessings of the holidays. This season finds families decorating, baking, wrapping presents, writing cards, visiting family and friends, and preparing for various Christmas programs. All this busyness can be summed up in the “spirit” of the season – giving. People are giving time, effort, presents, and Christmas greetings. Many even have the opportunity to give to those who have less through their churches and through other charitable organizations.

Why is giving considered to be “the spirit of Christmas”? Why has giving permeated so many of our Christmas traditions? Many refer to the gift of the Magi, the gold, frankincense, and myrrh brought to the Christ child. There is a Gift far greater than any earthly treasure – the very first Christmas Gift. 

“For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)

Jesus Christ came to earth that we might receive Him and the salvation that He offers freely to us as a gift. His mission was to offer this gift to everyone.  

Here we are two thousand years later, and Jesus has given the same mission to those of us who have accepted His gift of salvation: “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) 

While it is wonderful to give time and material gifts to those we love, let us not forget to share the Good News with those around us. Pray for laborers to go to those far away who may spend this Christmas without the Gift that matters most – salvation. 

“Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:38)

Let us also remember those Americans who will not be spending Christmas at home or with family because they are overseas. Maybe you will have an opportunity to pray with family, and you will mention the ones you know fighting for our freedom and thank the Lord for them.


An Introduction to The Pilalas Family

November 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

Psalm 144: 1-2 “Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.”

The military men and women of the US Armed Forces are truly a field that is white unto harvest. Those who server our great country are in need of a Savior. A Redeemer who can protect, comfort, and bring the victory not only on the battle field but in the heart. Our Lord Jesus Christ is that Savior. America has over a million Armed Forces personnel, over 33,000 those along with their families are stationed in Japan. Jesse and Lynne Pilalas have been led to bring the message of hope to the military men and women stationed in Japan.

While serving at Maranatha Baptist Church, just out side Kadena Air Base Okinawa, Jesse and Lynne saw the need first hand for military missions throughout Japan. With the support of BIMI the Pilalas family is currently on deputation raising the support needed to reach the service men and women of Misawa Air Base, Japan. Partnering with the local churches in America, Jesse and Lynne pray the Lord will use them in a mighty way to reach those who protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

Please join the Pilalas family as they desire to reach the field as quickly as the Lord will have them.