January 17, 2023
Dear Prayer Partner,
On December 21st, my (Mike’s) dad, Larry Burgett moved on to his heavenly home. He was 92. Dad had faithfully served the Lord ever since he was saved at Beaver Street Baptist Church. He spent 20 years as a missionary in Japan. In the years following his return to the US, he pastored and taught missions at several different Bible colleges. He was a blessing to us and to so many both in Japan and in the US. This is a picture of Mom & Dad visiting us at our work in Japan 11 years ago. We were able to return to the US to attend Dad’s funeral. We are so thankful for a dad who taught us to love and serve the Lord and others. Please pray for the Lord to comfort our family (especially my Mom).
We had a number of special services to celebrate our Savior’s birth. Many Japanese celebrate Christmas without knowing anything about Christ or Christianity. Christmas gives us with a great opportunity to introduce more Japanese to our wonderful Savior. Again this year, God blessed us with a good number of visitors attending our services for which we are thankful. Please pray for these seeds to take root and that we will see some of these visitors return and come to know the Christ of Christmas as their Savior.
Mike’s Eye Surgery
While in the US, Mike’s left eye suddenly turned completely blurry. The ophthalmologist diagnosed it as a retinal tear. The doctor used laser to repair the tears and subsequently operated on it to repair more tears and remove the blood. We are praying that our follow up visits go well and that we will be able to return to Japan on January 30th. Please pray for Mike’s left eye to be completely healed and his vision to be restored to normal.
We pray God will bless you throughout the New Year. Thank you for your faithful support and prayers.
Co-Laborers for Christ,
Mike & Cindy Burgett