Ken and Kathy Young

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


Bradenton, Florida April 24, 2017

Dear Friends:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) This passage of Scripture describes well where we are at this time of our lives.

We returned to the States for our last home assignment last July and, Lord willing, will officially retire after 39 years on July 1. Last fall Kathy and I did mission conferences in Ohio for almost three months. From January until this next weekend (4/28-30) we will have done mission conferences on-and-off in Alliance churches all over Florida. We have enjoyed our time in Alliance churches and have been greatly encouraged by God’s people. This has been a good final year as an Alliance missionary to the Japanese people.

In every church we have been asked many interesting questions, but someone in every church has asked us this: “What are you going to do next?” I always give the same answer: “I want to walk with the Lord daily and learn how to live in this country.” I am not being facetious; I really mean that. We have literally spent around 57% of our lives -- more than 80% of our adult lives -- as Alliance missionaries serving in Japan.

So, how is our transition going? I have my good days, and my bad days. But, we are moving ahead in life. We are thankful to God for a church which has been strongly instrumental in helping us to walk with the Lord better and in ways that we have not known before. And, as weird as the U.S.A. seems to us at times, we are beginning to learn how to live here as retirees. Thanks be to God!

We, however, still have a few remaining prayer requests to give to you -- you who have prayed for us so faithfully for many years.
Please continue to pray for the greatest need of the Japanese church: pastoral leadership. The crisis of the extreme shortage of Japanese pastors for existing churches is unchanged. And, add to that the problem of the new churches being started across the country that do not have Japanese leadership! Apart from the miraculous intervention of the Lord, the church of Japan cannot survive this crisis.
Please pray for the international workers with the Alliance in Japan. At this point there are five couples who are career workers from the States. My opinion is this: in order to do the work that is possible at this very moment, the Japan Alliance Mission needs five more couples as soon as possible! The opportunities are abundant; the workers are too few.
Please pray for Kathy and me as we go through the morass of social security, medicare, wise housing, effective work/ministry etc. We are trying to trust in the Lord with all our hearts, to not lean on our own understanding, and to acknowledge Him in all our ways. It can be hard at times, though -- especially at this all new, complicated point in our lives.
Please continue to pray for our three granddaughters who have cystic fibrosis: Adriana, Alani and Aleeya. Adriana is college-aged, and Alani and Aleeya are planning to enter college in fall. At this time, please pray especially for Aleeya. Her lungs are no longer responding well to treatments; therefore, in spite of her youth, she has been put on the list for a lung transplant. This is sad and discouraging for all of us.

Lord willing, we will send one more prayer letter to you when we near retirement. Maybe we will see some of you at council in May.

Thank you so much for praying for us as we served the Lord in Japan. You have been a vital part of what we have been doing for the last 39 years. Thank you.

Ken and Kathy Young

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Updated: April 24, 2017

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