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WHEN GOD HAS ANOTHER PLAN
By Michael Pinson
On January 24, 2018, my wife, Tonda, and I landed in Yokosuka, Japan. We were thrilled to be at the Yokosuka
Baptist Church (YBC) finally after 14 months of deputation. This is a wonderful military church right outside
the Yokosuka Naval Base. God has blessed YBC down through the years with great missionary pastors, and it
shows. We feel that we are reaping the benefits of their hard work. This church ministers to military personnel
and their families as well as to the Japanese community and to the large Filipino population. My wife and I are
so excited to see what God has in store for us as we labor here; however, serving in Japan was not our original
plan. Although, it was God’s plan all along. He had to do a work in our hearts to bring us to this place. Isaiah 55:8
says, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
In 2010 we returned to the United States after pastoring two military churches in Europe from 1992–2010. God
clearly guided us to Ellenwood, Georgia, where I pastored a wonderful church from 2011–2016. We loved the
people, and the people loved us. We thought we would serve there for the rest of our lives, but God had another
plan. After I took a missions trip in 2015, God began to burden my heart for military missions once again. I
prayed and sought the will of the Lord until He clearly showed me I was to go back into military missions. This was not an easy decision for a
50-year-old (plus) man to make, but we resigned our church and hit the deputation trail again. God was so good to us during those 14 months.
He taught us many lessons and brought us closer to Him. Jeremiah 29:11 says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the
Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
We have been here a short time, but how thankful we are that we listened to the Lord when He wanted us to “switch gears.” God knows exactly
what He is doing, and His children are wise to go with His plan rather than their own. Since our arrival, we have passed out hundreds of Gospel
tracts, have seen two precious souls trust Christ as Savior, have baptized three people, and have welcomed several visitors to services at YBC.
We are eagerly anticipating what God will do here. A faithful man of God once said, “I feel like I am on the small end of something big!” This
statement describes our feelings exactly. We serve an awesome God, and we are delighted to have a small part in His big work!
So, when God has another plan—just say “Yes!”
REFRESHMENT, & REVIVAL
By Joyce Alverson
In October 2017, we had the privilege of meeting with a group of our Europe military missionaries for our annual field conference. The location
was in beautiful Salzburg, Austria, where military missionaries from Germany, Italy, and Spain met. Our key speaker for the week was Dr.
John Collier from Waco, Texas. It was our honor to have four people from our home church in LaFayette, Georgia, join us for this conference.
One of the four was a young woman who had surrendered to missions and this was her first missions trip overseas.
By the end of the week, it was very evident that this Europe Military Field Conference had brought a sweet reunion with other fellow mission-
aries, a rejoicing in the goodness of God in the ministry, a wonderful refreshment that was needed, and a revival in souls. I am so glad to be
able to be part of these amazing field conferences along with my husband.
Our Asia Field Conference is coming up soon. It is scheduled this year in August at Maranatha Baptist Church in Okinawa, Japan. Maranatha
is our oldest military church, which will be celebrating its 50th church anniversary while we are there. We are looking forward to this. Please
pray with us for this field conference.