Larry serves as the Japan team leader and business manager. Larry works with a cluster of churches to facilitate worship and evangelism enrichment efforts, especially focusing on the West Saitama area of the RCJ’s Eastern Presbytery. Larry also coordinates World Renew's disaster response efforts in Japan. Ruth is CAJ's Health Center staff person and Student Support Team Coordinator.
Latest Update from the Spalinks (May, 2017):
Dear friends, family and supporters,
It is Easter season, the time we celebrate the new life of Jesus; and, in the northern hemisphere at least, we are enjoying new life everywhere! Cherry blossoms are done in Tokyo. Azaleas are out now, the incredible Japanese gardens are trimmed to a T, and temperatures are mostly balmy. This is "golden week," a period of 7 days where there are 4 national holidays, and many people are traveling, often to ancestral homes. Families are pitching in with great grandmothers and their great grandchildren sometimes working side by side to get the rice paddies planted. We plan to take a couple of days off too, but unfortunately, the highways are always predictably snarled with unbelievable traffic jams (30 miles is not unheard of)! So pack some snacks and drinks before you venture out!
It has been an eventful time in our ministry, with two major projects reaching fruition/completion. The "New Mission Agency," as it is affectionately known, which will be renamed and retooled as our domestic and world mission agencies merge into one, is getting off the ground. Things should be finalized in June. Look for more news about this in the months ahead!
Pentecost is June 4 this year (50 days after Easter). It will continue to be a reminder of Jesus' commission to his disciples to go and preach the Good News of God's kingdom everywhere and to gather people from every nation into his church. It is a project that involves all of us, pray-ers, givers, senders and goers. I hope all of us can consider and reaffirm the roles God has given us to play in this great enterprise! World Missions traditionally has a special offering campaign at this important time too, and we invite and encourage your participation!
We appreciate each of you for continuing to be our partners as we labor in this corner of God's world. We are thankful for the good results we are seeing, and we fully expect that God will continue to answer your prayers for us and for the Japanese people!
We're excited that a couple of potential new missionary candidates have come forward who will perhaps be joining us here in the years ahead. There is a lot to do in this great harvest field, and we need more workers. Thanks for praying for this!
On a personal note, two new grandchildren are on the way, one this month and one in June. We hope to make a short trip this summer to the US to get acquainted.
God is good, all the time! May you experience that always!
(You can read the Spalinks' prayer letter by clicking here.)
Larry & Ruth Spalink
Christian Reformed World Missions Japan