International Ministries

Pray for Roberta Stephens

June 23, 2009 PrayerCall

Roberta lives in Tokyo where she is coordinating a volunteer program with the Japan Baptist Union by finding places in Japan needing a volunteer, and then finding the right volunteer from American Baptist Churches to fit those needs. She also speaks in churches and conducts Bible and English Classes.

Roberta writes with a prayer request:  I have been diagnosed with stage 1 endometrial cancer and after an operation in mid-July will have my enforced “vacation” in the form of recuperation.  Another bump in the road but this time and at this point, my heart feels at ease.  It is only the Lord who could have cleared my schedule in such a way as to make time for such a serious event in the middle of my busiest time of the year.  If the Lord is in charge in this way, then who am I to question, “Why now and why me?”

Between the prayer of close friends and a powerful food supplement, at this point I’m feeling physically well and fully expect to fulfill my busy schedule through the end of June.

I really would appreciate your prayers as I prepare to enter Tokyo’s Keio University Hospital around the 9th of July.  The Japanese system of medical care is such that it may require quite a lengthy hospitalization of two weeks or more.  However, although I’ll have no family members present, I have so many Japanese friends and colleagues just waiting to cover me with sugar and honey!  One person said, “Settle down now, it’s our turn to serve you!”  How sweet and meaningful that comment was!  As the word gets out, people are approaching me with long, sad faces.  It is my chance to shine on them the love of Christ.  And, I tell them to save that expression for my funeral, not for now!  Then we laugh together.