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June 2019 Update

GRACE: AN UP-AND-COMING MISSIONARY TO JAPAN

In May, we went to the annual International F.I.R.E. conference in Rowlett, TX. Several months prior, we were contacted by Grace, and her mother, Katrina, who read about us online and wanted to come to the conference to meet us. Grace, who graduated from high school right after the conference, has a strong desire to go to Japan as a missionary. We’re even considering ways that she can work with us. We had a great time visiting with them, and became great friends. We look forward to a continued fellowship with them, and to seeing how the Lord leads us all in our pursuit of taking the gospel to Japan. It’s always a blessing to see young people who desire to spread the gospel, especially in unreached places.

Grace, Katrina, and the Malones

WHAT A TIME TO NOT HAVE ANY GOSPEL TRACTS!

On the last night of the conference, after the final service, I was driving our van back to the hotel and stopped to get gas. As soon as I got out of the van, a young man named Trey, who was previously sitting up against the adjacent car wash, began to approach me and ask if I could give him a ride down the road. I thought about if for a few seconds, my mind imagining all the ways this could go, and decided I felt comfortable doing it, especially since I was by myself, having already taken Bonnie and the kids back to the hotel after dinner. Perhaps it was my background in corrections, but before I said yes, I asked him if he had anything illegal on him, and he told me that he did not. He was young- 23- but it was obvious that he had lived some semblance of a hard life. A cigarette was perched behind one ear, and the inside of his left arm was scarred from elbow to wrist with many perpendicular lines. He had obviously, at some point at least, been a “cutter”. He told me how he had made some mistakes at the age of 16 and had done some jail time. Hoping to find some common ground, I told him about my career in corrections, and also how in that context I try to treat inmates with respect, because they are, though sinners, made in the image of God. In the brief time I had with him (probably less than 10 minutes), I did my best to share the gospel with him and encouraged him to find a good Baptist church to attend, hoping that would put him in a place where he could hear more about Christ. Whether sincere or not, he was very respectful and open to the conversation. When I finally dropped him off at a Walmart just down from our hotel, I was looking in the van for a gospel tract or something that I could give him. Unfortunately, there were none to be found (I usually have at least a couple). So, I dropped him off, gave him the only dollar I had in my wallet, and told him I would pray for him. Please pray for Trey, that the Holy Spirit would use my weak witnessing attempt to plant a seed, and that God would do a saving work in his heart.

HEALTH UPDATES

Leo’s situation is an ongoing saga. The latest blood work showed that the liver-specific enzyme they were monitoring has normalized, but that other one they were watching has gone up slightly. We’re waiting for the results of a urine test that was taken recently. In August we will be doing another ultrasound and more blood work. Whether or not there will be a liver biopsy is still up in the air and seems to be dependent upon how these other tests come out.

Meanwhile, I’ve been dealing with a kidney stone. I was in the ER twice this week, and as of writing this, I’m not in any pain for the time being, but I am not sure if I’ve passed it or not. As Ray Barone once said, “Like a stone, this too shall pass.”
As always, we appreciate your prayers, and the support of our financial partners.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Bonnie, Titus, Daphne, Saoirse, and Leonidas Malone
This month we were featured as the Missionaries of the Month at our church. Thanks to Karen for making this bulletin board display. We especially liked the tagged-on name on the upper right corner. She does this monthly, and her ministry is greatly appreciated. Thanks again, Karen!

May ’19 Update

NEW SUPPORTERS

Recently, we had one family decide to support us monthly, and another family that has pledged to do so in the future. We praise the Lord for these additions to the team.

LEO UPDATE

In the last newsletter, we expressed that there were no longer concerns with Leo’s health, but that was not entirely accurate. Another blood test showed his liver enzymes going up, though not at a drastic rate, and the doctors did not know why. His most recent tests, though, showed that the enzymes had gone down slightly (praise the Lord!). We’ll do another round of blood work in June, and if those results, and the results for some genetic testing, are good, then hopefully the Lord will allow us to avoid a liver biopsy. Aside from this, he is healthy, growing, and doing everything he’s supposed to be doing. He is a joyous addition to our family. Thank you for your prayers for him.
6-month old Leonidas swinging, while Daphne plays on the storm shelter in the background.

RECENT OPPORTUNITIES

During the month of April, and the first Sunday in May, we were able to present the ministry to Japan in three different churches. First we were able to visit Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Enid, OK. We had a great time meeting the people, and staying with Pastor Job Dunklin and his family, with whom we’ve been friends for many years (see pic below).

Next, we were able to visit Covenant Reformed Baptist Church in Woodstock, IL. We had a great time preaching, presenting, and getting to know the people there (see pic below).

Yesterday, I was able to preach and present at Sherwood Baptist Church in Newcastle, OK. We had a blessed time with this congregation.

We have no more scheduled meetings with churches, and so will continue to reach out to potential individual donors. Please pray that the Lord will raise up supporters.

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES

Later in May, we’ll be attending F.I.R.E.’s international conference to share our heart for taking the gospel to the Japanese. I look forward to seeing many from this fellowship that I’ve met at previous conferences, as well as meeting others for the first time.
As always, we appreciate your prayers, and the support of our financial partners.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Bonnie, Titus, Daphne, Saoirse, and Leonidas Malone
A picture of Senju Kannon, the Buddhist “Goddess of Mercy”, who is said to have 1000 eyes and 1000 arms. The unreached people of Japan need to hear about the true God of Mercy who sent His Son as the sacrifice for our sins.

February 2019 Newsletter

A Word of Thanks

We’ve recently had some individuals join our team as monthly donors. We praise the Lord for all of you who are giving to support us monthly, and we want to say “thanks” to you. You are a great encouragement to us. It’s your generosity through God’s grace that will help us get to the field of Japan.

Leo Update

In previous newsletters we expressed some health issues concerning Leonidas. After running some tests, it turned out to be nothing serious. We praise the Lord for that! Otherwise, he’s growing like crazy, and turned himself over for the first time on Monday. Thank you for praying for him.

Please pray for us as we seek to take the gospel of Christ to the unreached in Japan!

Leonidas flipping himself over for the first time.

Upcoming Opportunities

I recently sat down and had an encouraging conversation with a missionary who has been on the field for a few years. He is trying to connect us to more churches, groups, and individuals for potential support. We’re praying the Lord would be pleased to get us to the place where we can focus on raising support full-time, as our goal to make it to Japan is Fall 2020.

In April, we’ll be visiting a church in Enid, OK, followed by a church in the Chicago area, to preach and present the field of Japan.

In May, I’ll be attending F.I.R.E.’s international conference to share our heart for taking the gospel to the Japanese. I look forward to seeing many from this fellowship that I’ve met at previous conferences, as well as meeting others for the first time.

A brother from our church has agreed to help us produce a video for the purpose of presentations, which I hope to be starting on soon.

Please pray that the Lord would use all of these opportunities to glorify Himself, bless others through us, as well as to PREPARE us for and PROVIDE for missions in Japan. Also, please let us know if we can serve you in any way.
As always, we appreciate your prayers, and the support of our financial partners.

In Christ,
Jeremy, Bonnie, Titus, Daphne, Saoirse, and Leonidas Malone
Worshipers at a Shinto shrine ring the suzu, a round bell that is used to call the gods and repel evil. This is a normal part of Japanese culture. The Japanese greatly need to hear the gospel of Christ.