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Daniel and Joan Jastram

Jastram_Japan_Oct2020.pdf

    Not Lost in Translation I will speak of your testimonies before kings, / [O Lord,]*  and shall not be / put to shame  (Ps. 119:46, Reformation Day Introit).    With these words of the Reformation Day Introit, we join with Lutherans around the world in remembering and proclaiming how God accomplished wondrous things for his Church in the…

Jastram_Japan_Sept2020.pdf

    New Focus Based On Tried and True Patterns During the past several months I have been shifting into a new direction and focus under my new title and responsibility: Asia Lutheran Resource Coordinator. This came about in the process of careful consideration with our Asia regional director, when it became clear that, with a surge in interest for Lutheran…

Jastram_Japan_Aug2020

      In Season and Out: Overcoming Barriers   August — the month of summer holidays in Japan — is normally full of festivals and travel. But this was not a typical August. Festival gatherings were canceled. Tokyo residents especially, who would normally travel to ancestral homes to visit relatives and family gravesites, were discouraged from doing so. Despite…

Jastram_Japan_Jul2020

  “Masks of God” to Unmask His Word Children are back to school in Japan. And the teachers are facing challenges. I watched a recent TV news segment that showed a Japanese teacher of English asking his masked students, “Do you have colored pencils?” The students’ response was a muffled, “I have many colored pencils.” The teacher commented later that, without visual…

Jastram_Japan_Jun2020

    From Afar, But Close to the Heart “I am not living in America right now, but not a day has gone by these past 3 months that I haven’t felt a strong physical and emotional toll about what is happening and I continue to pray so much for our country and for the world…”  I (Joan) read these…

Jastram_Japan_May2020

    EYES FIXED ON JESUS Dear Fellow Sojourners, I was sorting through Japanese Christian postcards today and ran into this verse: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  1 Thessalonians 5:16 ~18. That seems like a tall order these days; and yet, as Dan explained to me…

Jastram_Japan_Apr2020

              Dear Fellow Sojourners, Our spirits groan. What words can convey how deeply we feel about the challenging days that you now face and that lie ahead in the coming weeks during this pandemic? Our thoughts turn constantly to our country, the United States, the church, our loved ones and you, our supporters and…

Jastram_Japan_Mar2020

            Serving the Lord in ASIA News from the Jastrams Spring pays no heed to viruses. Plum blossoms: a beautiful Japanese prelude to cherry blossoms   Dear Friends,   A lot has been happening here in Asia since last we communicated! Of course, the coronavirus, or COVID-19 has loomed large in it all. Thank you…

Jastram_Japan_Jan2020

            Serving the Lord in Asia The Jastrams Dear Friends in Christ, Thank you for your continuing love and encouragement as we work to expand our network of support. We are very thankful for last month’s extra gifts as well as new partners who have joined us. In fact, we are humbled and grateful!  And…