I write to you and petition you as a father that loves his daughter very much. If I am honest, I am scared. Probably more scared than Hannah. Tomorrow, when Hannah wakes up, we will walk with her to school, drop her off, and say goodbye. We will leave her in a very new and likely difficult environment for her.
One thing I am certain of: Hannah will be the only English speaking student in a Japanese speaking school. Hannah does not know Japanese...YET.
Another thing that I am almost sure of: our sweet Hannah will most likely be the only Christian in her school. That includes students, teachers, staff, and principals. She will be a spark of light and a glimmer of hope in the darkness. Although my heart is heavy. I know that she does not go alone. We reminded Hannah tonight of Isaiah 43:1, that she belongs to God.
As a father sending his daughter to an unknown world tomorrow, this is something I must remember. My Hannah belongs to God. She is His. She is not mine. I have nothing I have not received from God. As we let go and send Hannah to be a light in her Japanese school, we wanted to make a request:
Would you pray for our daughter? At 8:00am-2:00pm Nagoya time, she will be in school. That would be 6:00pm-midnight the 29th central standard time. I would love to have people praying and interceding for her that entire time. As parents, it would bring us much peace knowing that Hannah will be covered in prayer all day.
--Pray that Hannah would have courage and boldness. That Hannah would not get overwhelmed.
--Pray that Hannah would be a light in the darkness from the very beginning.
--Pray that Hannah's faith would be so strong all day.
--Pray that Hannah would make friends quickly.
--Pray for Hannah's teacher, Ichikawa Sensei. And pray for Hannah's school: Chihaya Elemtary School.
--Most importantly, pray that Hannah would be saturated with the Spirit of God and that she would be covered and protected every second of her time at school.
Thank you for praying for our beautiful and wonderful little missionary Hannah.
That all nations might know and believe that Jesus is the son of God.