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Prayer Requests
 
~ Pray that I may learn how to continually fill myself with God's goodness so that I may serve others out of my wellness
~ Pray for the whole world to be healed of the Coronavirus
~ Continued prayer for my monthly support to reach 100%
We are getting closer! I am hoping to be able to apply for my Japanese visa soon; I just need about 15 more monthly partners!
Pre-Departure Orientation
Dear Friends,

Thank you for your prayers as I went off to Pre-Departure Orientation in Kansas City this past week. I learned so much! I was blessed by the knowledge and experiences of veteran missionaries as they helped prepare us to serve in our new countries.
One topic that overflowed into the others was the idea of self-care, making sure you are healthy (emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually) in order to be able to serve others out of your wellness. I think it's often a misconception that we must completely deny all our own needs to serve others. I am totally guilty of this thought and have found myself completely run down because of it! The image of an empty or full cup is a common analogy. Our cup is emptied as we serve others and we need to refill it. However, as one of my teammates pointed out, we are not meant to be a gas tank with the potential of running only on fumes or becoming completely empty to where we break down on the side of the road. That is not a healthy way to live let alone serve others!
We are meant to be always full and overflowing! I like the analogy of being a well. A good well never goes dry. When water is taken out, a well is automatically refilled by it's water source. We too must be continually filled and we have a loving God who wants to be our water source. He never wants to stop filling us, never says we are full enough, but we often stop letting ourselves be filled. Going back to the cup analogy, I like this picture (and since I am going to Japan, it's a tea cup). God is the never ending tea pot who wants to keep pouring tea into us. We will overflow into the saucer and from that overflow in the saucer we are able to give to and serve others well without ever becoming empty.

Keep your cup overflowing and give from your saucer. When times come that your saucer is empty, your cup is getting low and you've found you've walked away from your water source, stop. Yes, stop! And start that walk back to God, to your water source. Without Him, we all become as useless as a dry well which can only deliver empty buckets to all that draw from it. 

Blessings ~ Elya

"Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

John 4:13-15

Coronavirus Update
There has been concern over me going to Japan and questions about what that might look like due to the Coronavirus, even more so now since there just recently have been cases in my own backyard (Washington). I want to say thank you for your loving concern for me and reassure everyone that TEAM is taking the Coronavirus seriously. They have a team in place to watch and assess the progress of the virus with on the ground personnel comprised of medical staff and leadership. This team is keeping all ministry areas, including Japan, informed about the virus. As of right now, it is still safe for me to travel to Japan. Should it ever become unsafe, TEAM will let me know. Again, I thank you for your concern for me. Let us not live in fear, but pray to our good God for the healing and restoration for our entire world!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7
In Loving Memory

I found out that two dear friends and supporters of mine passed away. I would like to honor them by sharing how much they meant to me.

Larry was with me since I first started out in Vietnam. He wrote me such kind emails and actual letters. Living overseas can be lonely, but I knew Larry saw me and cared about me. His seemly small acts gave me such encouragement in some of my hardest times.

Pam was my neighbor and my adopted grandma. She got to see me grow up not only physically but also spiritually. I would go over to their house (always with some kind of dessert) and just be with them. Having been on many missions herself, she inspired me to keep going.

Larry and Pam you will be greatly missed. I look forward to seeing you when I go home to Jesus.

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