New ministry begins
By 1996, God had prepared the way for me to begin a parenting class in our apartment with six interested women. As I listened to these mothers share their joys, frustrations and challenges, I began to write and share Bible-based lessons addressing the needs I was hearing. The class grew as more and more women learned and began to share with others the practical principles I was teaching. Wanting to see this ministry expand beyond what I could do by myself, in mid-2001 I began organizing my notes and coordinating the Japanese translation with my ministry partner.
Gary and I took a leap of faith with the encouragement of Focus on the Family Japan, and in June 2002 published 600 copies of this bilingual Japanese/English leader’s textbook we entitled Discovering the Joy of Parenting. The text will soon enter its sixth printing and reach 7,000 copies in print, as people all over Japan use it to share biblical parenting principles and the love of Christ. It was translated and adapted for use in Mongolia and published there in 2012.