Ministry news from Rocky and Marla, as 2020 turns out to be an interesting year.
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March 2020

Church Plant Update:

As a result of the spread of the virus, unfortunately this month’s baptism was postponed.  Please pray for our members as they deal with difficult circumstances between work, school closures, restrictions on travel and more.  We know all of you are facing similar difficulties and so our church body is remembering all of you in our prayers as well!

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Sudden changes...

As the whole world has been thrown into difficult circumstances with the Corona Virus pandemic, we know this newsletter finds you with just as much chaos in your world as in ours.  So many things have been canceled and changed.  So much about the future is unknown.  However, fortunately there are so many ways we can continue to do ministry in spite of all that is going on.  So Rocky continues to be able to work diligently in the studio on the current CD project which hopefully he will finish mixing this week! Hopefully the CD for Kaori Ohmiya will be released in May.

Another new project we are working on is a new YouTube channel, Rocky and Marla Show.  We want this channel to have fun and interesting episodes that are meant to share the Gospel and encourage Christians.  We are also planning to put Bible studies on the channel in the future.  Please pray as we start this new way of reaching people.  We realize that the internet needs to be utilized much much more as a way to share the Gospel and to disciple Christians in Japanese.  As we make content for teaching and discipleship, the wonderful thing about the internet is that it can be shared with everyone!  Our first show, “Kininarude Show” which is roughly translated “Curious Things Show” is coming out on April 1st! (No fooling!).  Click the show title to see the trailer, and don't forget to turn on the English Captions if you are unable to understand Japanese.  Also click this link to a new Rocky and Marla Show Instagram account too. Please check these things out and don't forget to subscribe, like follow, comment, etc.!!!

Day Care...

To meet the needs of people with kids out of school early because of the effort to slow the spread of the virus, we opened a Day Care in Aroma House for the last three and half weeks. Children who’s parents must work and would be staying at home alone came to enjoy studying together, eating lunch, doing some simple activities, and worship and Bible study everyday. It was so great to have so many BFF kids and their friends with us and love on them in this time of uncertainty! Several kids came from non-christian households so it has been an amazing opportunity to share the love of Christ with them.  As of right now school is planning to start back as they normally would have for the new year which always begins in April.  However, the past couple of day with the decision to postpone the Olympics, the government's approach to the virus is changing.  IF school does not go back into session as normal we will speak with our church body about continuing the Day Care ministry.

Supporters, please read...

If you are financially supporting Aroma Ministries, as always we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  However, at this time with the shut down of many businesses and schools, the economic downturn in many places around the world, and the hardships that this virus is causing, we want you to know that we completely understand if you need to pause your giving at this time.  Please do not hesitate to let us know that it has become necessary for you to do so and how we can be praying for you.

Other Prayer Requests...

As you know Hana is slated to begin high school in April, the 6th to be precise!  As of now, school is planning to begin on schedule and we are excited about this new phase of our education journey.  She will be attending a private Christian high school in our neighboring city of Shimonoseki.  The school is called Baiko Jr. & Senior High School.  Please pray for Hana, her classmates, and her teachers as they enter into a new year with so many challenges facing them at the start.  In addition, Marla has been asked to teach a Bible class once a week at the school.  This will be a new venture in Bible teaching and she could use your prayers for preparing to teach in this capacity!  Kai will remain in homeschool for the time begin and as this will be a big adjustment for him as well, please lift him up in prayer.

Another result of the virus has been that Yoshiya, who was baptized in December, was unable to begin college at an international school in South Korea as planned this month.  He generously offered to volunteer to help with Day Care and has moved into Aroma House to live and work with us in ministry until he goes to college a semester late in the fall.  He is going to be a huge help in the technology department and also with kids ministry.  He is also working a part time job in his free time.  Thank the Lord for providing this team member for us, and this time work more closely with him and disciple him before he goes off to college.  

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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