Friday, July 5, 2013

Brenda Lecklider, an Upper Room reader from Dayton, Ohio, taught in Japan 20 years ago, but she returned to her “hometown” of Kitami last year. While there, she shared copies of the Japanese language edition of The Upper Room.

The purpose of Lecklider’s trip was to hold a short Vacation Bible School at a small Lutheran church in Kitami, but she also wanted to share faith in a tangible way through Christian material in the native language.

So before leaving for her trip, she made a phone call requesting copies of the Japanese edition be shipped to the church there.

With several copies awaiting her in Japan, Lecklider arrived and eagerly shared the devotional guide with others.

One person she shared it with was a former student and friend of hers, Miss S., who was especially encouraged by the day’s “Misplaced Hope” meditation.

Lecklider said she believes that God used her, the meditation’s author, the person who told Miss S. that she was going to be in Japan and the power of God’s Word to bring Miss S. back into a renewed relationship with Him.

Both Lecklider and her husband, who accompanied her on the trip, hoped “to deepen relationships with existing friends, meet new friends and live out a Christian witness to them in word and deed” while in Japan.

The devotional guide has been a blessing to Lecklider and her church, she said. In fact, one of her fellow mission board members regularly reads a meditation from The Upper Room for the board’s evening devotion.

Her continued prayer is that her “Japanese friends, who were given The Upper Room, will see the truth of God’s Word and know the Author of all words.”

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