After church last Sunday, mother, daughter, and son stood by the pulpit and sang, their faces glowing, “We give thanks to you O God.” The singing was in signs so I wanted to watch, but it was hard to see through my tears.
Last April we wrote here saying: “We just got a phone call from Japan about a horrific situation. Pray for those involved and those seeking to intervene. Wisdom, courage, strength, and unfailing love are just the beginning of what is needed.”
Today, the family gave their testimony: about 10 months ago the daughter had just entered university, (the school year here begins in April). She had already been through so much, moving up to the big city of Tokyo with her mother and younger brother and getting through the last years of high school. Now with university ahead of her she now was feeling confident about her future. She wanted to study child development and find a job at a day care for young children. As her Deaf mother was not able to help out with school costs, she was working part time. Heading home one night after work she was gang-raped. Everything changed.
Today at the baby dedication the family shared very openly of the many struggles they had, not the least of which was asking permission from the university for her to drop out for a year and begin studies again this coming April. The school authorities insisted she abort the child, threatening to not let her enroll again later if she dropped out. She absolutely refused and they finally relented, allowing her another chance to get an education. Now today, she, her brother, and her mother stood with the newborn and praised God for the grace they’d been given; that her life had been spared by the men that night, that the baby was born safely. “Though at first we couldn’t talk about it, now we want to share openly all God’s wonderful answers to so many of our prayers.” They named the baby girl Kiho. The character for “ki” is prayer, “ho” means the head of ripened grain (in vernacular English, you might say “fruit of prayer”) . Praise God with us, and please pray for this little baby girl, her young mother, the new grandmother and the highschool uncle. They still face many challenges and continue to need your prayers for wisdom, courage, strength and unfailing love.