May Update

            This past month has been AMAZING! God has moved in my heart in many ways. He is faithful and he is love! This is little update about what God is doing in me and in Japan.

Each week of the school we have a different topic. The last three topics were; God’s Fatherheart, Freedom and we just ended Holy Spirit week! During the Fatherheart week God gave me revelation of his love and that he is true to his promises.

Freedom week was intense and definitely freeing. We learned about repentance (true repentance which is confessing and then turning around a doing the opposite of that sin), our authority in Jesus and our original design (how God originally made us to be; the “Eden” ourselves). God showed me that fear is a big stronghold in my life and he is breaking it down brick by brick. He is showing me how to walk in who he originally made me to be; which is bold and courageous. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 1 Timothy 1:7. You can pray that I get greater revelation of his love and that all the barriers that are blocking me from receiving his love would be removed. “Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear…” 1 John 4:18.

This week was Holy Spirit week and we learned about him as a friend. I encountered him in a new and fresh way and although that week was for some reason a battle for me, God pushed me through. So yes, that is what God has been doing in my heart!

All of the students (and staff as well) are a part of a ministry that is going on in Tokyo. Some people work with homeless church, a youth group called HI-BA, an English school or the Tokyo University ministry. I am a part of the Wasada University ministry. There are five of us (three students and two staff) and we pray walk the campus of Wasada and follow whatever we feel God wants us to do. God’s been opening up the campus even from the being of April until now!

Just this Wednesday we were sitting in a large socializing area asking God what his heart was for that time. So we felt like we heard to stay there and build relationships. We didn’t really know if it meant go talk to other people and we didn’t want to be passive by just waiting there, but we felt like it was okay on this occasion. And then this guy comes up to us because he had recognized our one leader who had been there the year before doing an outreach. It turns out that this guy had built relationship with her leader but they had lost contact. So through this it seems like God has reconnected this non-Christian Japanese man back with our amazing school leader!! He works in awesome ways!!
Praise reports: My mom finally sold her business back in Canada!! I have all my airfare money!! My fellow student’s non-Christian mother is suddenly going to church and is curious about faith!! God has and is bringing more freedom into my life!! The community environment at the YWAM Tokyo base is full of love, encouragement and godly amazing people!! (http://www.ywamtokyo.org/category/blog/)

Prayer Requests: Revelation of his love (and a deeper hunger for him)!! I need around $1,300 more dollars for my outreach fee (which is due on May 30th, please email me if you’re interesting in supporting me financially). That all the staff and students would be refreshed and rested this weekend!! One of the families who is a part of our community just had their third child, so pray for rest for them and health!! And another baby is on the way; please pray for a healthy baby and mother and that the rest of the family is at peace as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS! 🙂 IF YOU HAVE ANY PRAYER REQUESTS PLEASE EMAIL THEM TO ME!! 🙂

April Update

             I apologize for writing this update to you so late! These past three weeks have been very busy, intense and exciting. Japan has been amazing! The moment I arrived I knew that this is one hundred percent where God wants me to be. Thank you all for your prayers. My first international flight alone went very well. God guided me through the airport I arrived in Tokyo safely.

The DTS started on April 2nd and even though it was orientation week, God did mighty things in our lives as we surrendered and put our trust in him. God has been explaining things to me from my past and bringing healing to my life. He is true to his promises and his love is truly unfailing. “And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” Romans 5:5.

I feel so blessed because the DTS staff and my classmates are such amazing people. They all are seeking God wholeheartedly. There are 14 students in total and around 30 staff, so finding a place for everyone to stay has been a problem. But not a problem too big for God! A week ago God opened the door for two apartments to be rented for the girl students to stay in and we got to move in last Saturday. We had been staying at a friend of YWAM’s house before. In the past the staff had applied to rent those same two apartments but had gotten rejected. It is very hard for foreigners to rent in Japan because foreigners are not really trusted here. But the staff all felt that God was waiting for us (the students) to arrive before he opened to the door because he wanted us to see his provision and his faithfulness.

Another miracle occurred after my fellow classmate had fallen and broken her foot a week ago. We prayed for her a few times and then pain immensely decreased. They had given her crutches for her to use for a while but after we prayed for her she didn’t need them! Praise God! We are still praying and believing for complete healing.

Please pray that my heart is 100% open to everything God wants to do in my time here and that any doubt about financial provision would leave. Pray for revival in Japan; it’s already starting! Pray that the Japanese people soften their hearts and receive his love.

Now that I have arrived in Tokyo, I can now start selling my artwork. But I have not been able to set that up just yet because of the lack of internet. I will send another email when everything is complete.

Thank you so much for your prayers. If you have any prayer requests please email them to me!

The Beginning Of My Missionary Journey

On April 2, 2012, I will be starting a university program called a DTS (Discipleship Training School) through the YWAM University of the Nations in Tokyo, Japan (http://www.ywamtokyo.org/). It is a five month Christian missionary training program: the training phase is three months and the outreach phase is two. I really feel God has called me to this program to strengthen my relationship with him and step towards the plans he has for my life.

Why Japan? God has drawn me to this nation and given me a heart for its people; which I’m sure will only grow in my time there. Though there is not a lot of physical need in Japan (other than the recent tsunami), there is an enormous spiritual need. Statistics reveal shocking results when it comes to the suicide rate in Japan and it is only rising with each year. Last year 34,427 Japanese people ended their own lives and studies also show that 85% of Japanese teens wonder why they even exist. God wants this nation to see their purpose in Jesus and realize their lives are precious in His sight. They need to know of His great love. Therefore, why not Japan?

Although, doing a DTS will only be the beginning of my time in Japan. After I’m done my DTS I would like to do two other programs through University of the Nations. The first is a School of Worship, and since all the U of N credits are transferrable to any of its many bases around the world, I may study at the Jeju, Korea base. Then I plan on completing a nine month program called School of Biblical Studies. After I’m finished with my schooling, my vision is to be a missionary in Japan. In this I would like to be a part in establishing and staffing a School of Worship in Japan. God is doing great things in Japan; I cannot wait to see what He has in store and be a part of it.

During the two month outreach phase our team will be doing missions work in Japan and also in the Philippines. In Tokyo we will be reaching out to youth and evangelizing. We’ll also be serving the areas that were affected by the tsunami and earthquake. Here is a video from last year’s class and how they partnered with God in helping the tsunami effected are: YouTube Preview Image

In the Philippines the team will be contributing to the effort of safe guarding those who are potential trafficking victims. Working with orphanages and youth will also be a part of our time there. Overall, outreach will be a very exciting, challenging and moving experience. I can’t wait to see what God has in store.

Thanks to my parent’s, an education fund, and some saving, I have enough funds to pay for the training phase of the DTS; which is around $5000 US. Therefore I only have to fundraise for flights and the outreach phase. The round flight from Cambodia to Japan is $813 US, but the flights to and from the Philippines have yet to be determined. The remaining outreach cost is around $1700 US. To help raise funds I will be selling my paintings online but I cannot start this until I reach Tokyo because the mailing system in Cambodia is unreliable. Thankfully the payment for the outreach phase is not due until June 1st so I will have two months to raise funds that way. God is my provider and my rock, and He is taking great care of me. “Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”

If you feel led to support me in prayer or finance please email me and let me know some of your prayer requests as well.

God Bless,
Rebecca Boudreau
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