Winter (December 2018, January and February 2019)


Richard Yerby, PO Box 4, Matsuida-Machi, Annaka-Shi, Gunma-Ken 379-0200 Japan


Dear Friend in Christ,


        Thru out December and thru January 18th, I preached, sang, and read Scripture out front of my "mission station" with Nigatsuden train station and its entrance directly in front of me and its platform just to my left. Much of the time, people were on the nearby platform waiting for the next train. Please intercede in prayer for their salvation.

        During that time period, some mornings about 7 AM, I walked 80 yards out to the major intersection, turned left and went 17 yards or so to the corner of the elementary school ground, stood beside the narrow sidewalk with my back against the school's fence and sang hymns while holding up a prayer printed in large letters. Till about 8:10 AM, about 300 people walk by there or pass by on bicycles, most of them being students, from 1st grade thru 12th, going to 3 different schools (grammar, jr hi, and high school). They heard and saw how to call on the Saviour of all the earth to save them. Please pray that they will do so.

        Sometimes in the afternoon, I went to 1 of the 3 closest grammar schools, stood near one gate and did the same as above to the children walking home from school. Also, I would pass out literature to them in the afternoon. I don't pass out literature to the elementary kids as they enter school in the morning, because often teachers will take it from them and throw it away. 

        Many days, I delivered Christian literature from door to door. Close to 10 people came to the "mission station" for English conversation classes. I rejoice to have those contacts and to make friends that way. They see the prayers posted on the walls. Please plead with Our Lord to cause them to pray those prayers from their hearts. On Saturday morning 19 January, I closed up the "mission station" there in Ibusuki City and rode trains back to Mino Mission to preach in two of its churches thru January 27. I also preached once in Brother Jeff Brigham's church near there in Anjo City. Then on 28 January, I rode the trains on home to check on my affairs there, change luggage and fly to Memphis, Tennessee on January 30th. Thank you for praying for safety of travel.

        On 2 February, I drove to Navarre, Florida to lodge with good friends there to preach in home cottage services and a few churches in the area thru 25 February. That was a most blessed and rich time with many dear Christian friends in that area.

       On 26 February, I drove to Keith's house in Byron, Georgia to preach in his church the following night. February came to an end, making for a most blessed and fulfilling winter. Thank you for all you did for me during the winter. God richly bless you for it.


                     Christ's servant to Japan,                                 

Richard Yerby




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