Ministry news from Rocky and Marla, as 2021 CONTINUES to be a challenging time.
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Church Plant Update:

Even though we are in ANOTHER state of emergency most members can and choose to attend worship in person.  We have a few college students attending regularly!  Praise God for people who love to gather and worship Him!

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Summer ending...

So as summer comes to a close we find ourselves in yet another state of emergency.  The Olympic games in Tokyo brought with them a surge of people testing positive and the government issuing states of emergency in many prefectures.  We had quite a few events on our calendar for the summer months but almost all were canceled.  YET, we have done a newsletter video to update you on all the details of the things we have been up to and what God is doing through them.

We were able to throw together a simple and basic Summer School (think VBS) for the beginning of the summer break for elementary students.  We planned it in a way that it could be easily canceled without many things going to waste, and without the hassle of a venue needing to be canceled and possibly being costly.  Or without the hassle of a venue having many restrictions and barriers placed on our activities.  SO we capped attendance at 20 and held Summer School at Aroma House with most of the time spent split into two smaller groups, half upstairs and half down!  It was a wonderful success, please check the newsletter video for a peak at some pics!!!  The kids LOVED it!  We are so thankful!

Rocky has continued to help churches and pastors with sound and video shooting projects.  He is currently helping some other musicians produce a music and message video to comfort and encourage patients and their families at a Christian hospice care facility in our prefecture.  He is also busy helping to produce another online version of the Kitakyushu City Christmas program, since the committee decided doing the event in person will again this year be too risky.  He's doing all of that on top of regular ministry responsibilities!

Marla continues to teach Bible at Hana's school, run the After School Klub program, ladies Bible study, and various other ministry activities while still homeschooling Kai.  At the same time she is involved in the final editing of a bilingual Bible study we wrote which is going to be laid out and published in partnership with another ministry.  I will hopefully share details about that soon.

Another new project we are working on is a new studio space for our YouTube channel, Rocky and Marla Show. We have lost our helpers (Corkey and Yoshiya) to their schooling responsibilities.  Corkey has gone away for a year of overseas exchange study.  Yoshiya has returned to his second semester of college at an international university in South Korea.  So us old folks left behind needed to find a way to simplify the filming and recording process.  We are realizing that this pandemic is not going to "go away" anytime soon, and will continue to be a hindrance to our "going" out to do ministry.  So we need to increase our online presence.  What we decided to do was rearrange our upstairs space (bedroom and Rocky's music studio) so that we can have a space that is always set up for filming.  Until now we were using Aroma House which is also where we worship weekly and where ASK meets, Ladies Bible study meets, meetings during the week are held, and the Chinese language worship is held weekly.  Setting up and tearing down the "YouTube studio" every time we needed to film was not going to be a very efficient use of our time.  Please check out our video newsletter for a little peak at the new space in the middle of rearranging and redecorating!  We are hoping to get this space finished and ready to use soon, so please pray with us!

For the last few months our Marriage Talk show has been seen by many and we are planning to continue that series into the fall as well as start recording other content for the channel.  Pray with us for direction and guidance, as we figure out just how to use this online avenue effectively in ministry!

Also click this link to a Rocky and Marla Show Instagram account too. Please check these things out and don't forget to subscribe, like follow, comment, etc.!!!

Personal update...

Hana began her second semester of her junior year in high school at the end of August.  Kai is also slightly ahead of schedule in homeschool and already 6 weeks into his 7th grade year.  We are enjoying having Hana at home everyday as her classes are online only at the moment due to the state of emergency.  We appreciate your prayers for their growth in knowledge and that Christ would continue to draw them closer and closer to Him!

As always we would love to hear from you.  Please let us know how you and your family are during this pandemic, and how we can be praying for you!

With all our Love,
The Aroma Team
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