I first met Yoriyoshi about ten years ago when he visited Lancaster, considering studying at the Bible College. That ultimately didn’t happen, but in recent years the Lord brought him to Myerstown to study at our seminary. Yoriyoshi’s family has a long-time history with the EC Church of Japan. This past summer he and Emiko were married, and they both returned to Myerstown so that Yoriyoshi could finish his studies. He currently serves as Pastoral Intern at our sister church, Grace Community of Willow Street. Once he graduates, they will seek the Lord’s will about future ministry opportunities.
I’m excited to hear from this couple on Sunday! Yoriyoshi will be preaching and Emiko will worship in song. I was in seminary with Yoriyoshi’s cousin Tomo. Think about this: when they come to our seminary, those guys are studying in a language that is not their birth tongue. That alone blows me away. But add on top of that, a significant section of their coursework is to study theology, which in itself can be complicated, let alone in another language. Yet there’s more. They also study biblical Hebrew and Greek, taught to them in English. And their birth language is Japanese! I praise the Lord for the gifts he gives his people.
Yoriyoshi will be speaking on Isaiah 55:1-3, “Who can satisfy us?” Do you ever feel less than satisfied with life? I definitely do sometimes. Think you should have made more money by this time? Have more socked away for retirement? Think you should have accomplished something more? Made it big? Do you have a nagging feeling within you? Are you disatisfied? Pray that the Lord will speak to you on Sunday.