A wise man once said, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps”Proverbs 16:9
For many years Brad and Roberta Shimomura prayed and prepared to serve as world missionaries. While serving on staff at Pendleton First Assembly they determined the time was right and applied for appointment as Assemblies of God World Missionaries to Japan. In March 2016 they were approved by the World Missions Board and began the process of developing financial partnerships in preparation for reaching the never-reached of Japan.
They returned to Oregon in June 2021 and began reporting back to those who had partnered with them during their first term as well as seeking new financial partners for their second term of missionary service. Then they were to return to Japan in July 2022. They made their plans, but the Lord has determined their steps elsewhere. Over the past few months, they have been confronted with family health issues that require immediate attention and they have made the difficult decision to resign their appointment. Though this wasn’t their initial PLAN, it became obvious that this was the STEP the Lord had determined.
You may be wondering, “What can I do to help the Shimomura family?” First and foremost you can pray for the health issues they are dealing with and the emotional disruption brought about by this unexpected adjustment in the direction of their life and ministry. Second, please continue their financial support through June 30 as they finish out their assignment.
As you are praying for Brad and Ro, I would ask you to pray about the possibility of transferring your support for the Shimomura’s to one of our missionary units that will serve in a sensitive country. We have the opportunity to fully fund them. Please contact our office to learn more about who they are and how to transfer your support. I want to thank you in advance for your prayerful consideration.
Your partnership in reaching the nations is deeply appreciated. Your prayer and support are essential to completing the unfinished task.
Sincerely, Contending for God’s mission,