Ministry news from Rocky and Marla, as 2021 CONTINUES to be a challenging time.
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October 2021

Church Plant Update:

We are so happy to report that one of the staples of BFF worship is back, the breaking of bread together (or the chopsticking of rice, LOL)!!!  When we began BFF 8 years ago we wanted the foundation to be based on the church in Acts 2 and that meant breaking bread together.  The pandemic brought guidelines saying that eating in groups was one of the riskiest behaviors so we have not been doing that for the past year and a half.  We felt it was time to change that!  We love our BFF family and fellowship with them.

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Change and Fall...

If you watch our newsletter video you will see the new studio!  Well, the freshly painted and redecorated studio (the room has always been there, we just repurposed and updated it).  We are so excited about the opportunity to take more of our ministry online as the probability of concert ministry and music evangelism going back to the way it "used to be" is quite low, or will still take quite some time.  Please pray for the direction we take in doing this!  Pray for ideas (and send some our way if you have them), pray for know-how, pray for time management, and maybe even "support" in the areas where we are lacking (we talk about this a lot in the newsletter video).  We especially find it challenging to navigate these newfangled social media platforms and using them effectively to reach people!  Pray for us!  Don't forget to click on our channel the Rocky and Marla Show, subscribe to it, comment, hit that thumbs up button on a bunch of videos, and please share!  Even if you don't understand Japanese, it helps to get those clicks and subscribers so people might find the content.  If you don't speak or understand Japanese, there is a playlist of Rocky doing acoustic songs you might enjoy!  Also every Kininarude Show is subtitled with English so you can follow along.  And more content is coming soon!!!  

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.!!!

This Fall we will be having our yearly outreach concert known as Gospel Alive!  We talk about that in the newsletter video.  Pray that God will use it to encourage believers and to reach seekers who might become connected with BFF!

We are so excited to announce that we have a new sister in Christ and she'll be baptized SOON!  Click on the newsletter video to hear just how Rocky is willing to do anything for the Kingdom, even follow this young lady's baptism request that might be just a bit (or a lot) uncomfortable!  HINT: it involves the ocean in the coldest part of winter...

Our biggest prayer request would be that nothing impede plans for Christmas (*clears throat*, you know, the thing) and that we can continue to gather for worship without hindrance and in December celebrate the birth of the Savior without restraint!

Most of our ministry continues on as normal and we are still broadcasting worship through Zoom for those who need to stay home.  We appreciate your prayers for our BFF family, especially the kids and teens!  Pray that God would be at work in their hearts and minds, strengthening their faith, drawing them closer to him, showing them that he is our All in all! 

Personal update...

Big news about Hana!  Hana has always loved animals and especially dogs and wanted to become a dog trainer.  We have always whole heartedly encouraged her to follow that dream.  But Yoshiya (who stayed with us last year because he couldn't go to college in South Korea at first with the pandemic) went off to his first semester at Handong University in South Korea and came home for summer break with tons of enthusiasm about the school.  It appears Hana was listening.  A few weeks ago she broached the subject by saying, "I might want to go to Handong."  We were shocked but delighted that she is opening her mind to this opportunity!  It is a solid Christian International university and we think she would love it!  Please pray for her as she switches directions and begins to pursue this possibility.  She will need to take another English proficiency exam (like TOEIC or IELTS) and go through the application and interview process to see if she will be accepted.  She has also taken it upon herself to start learning Korean (she's very gifted in languages just like her Daddy).  We have until next October to prepare, the application deadline for entering the University at the beginning of the school year Spring of 2023.  Mom and Dad also have until then to figure out how to pay for this!  LOL, but God has known this all along and we know He will provide!

Kai is still dreaming of going to the US for a year of study exchange his 9th grade year (Fall of 2023).  If all this goes as planned Rocky and I might be empty nesters soon (or for a short period of time while Kai is overseas)!  What fun that will be!?  

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

With all our Love,
The Aroma Team
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