Dan & Toshiko Lockwood
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Dan invited Jesus into his life as an 8 year old at Vacation Bible School in Joliet, Illinois. Following years of Christian summer camps and up-and-down spiritual fervor, the Lord reminded Dan of His loving faithfulness through a depression spurred on by a sports-related eating disorder in high school. The Lord brought him to Campus Crusade for Christ at Bradley University where he began reading and studying God’s Word regularly and also learned to share his faith. Being from Japan, Toshiko had no prior understanding of the God of the Bible when she saw a sign at school for a Japanese Bible study at a local church. She remembered a friend’s suggestion that she attend church to make friends in America, so she became involved with the international ministries of that church, attending outings, retreats, and Bible studies. Despite growing involvement over the next three years, it wasn’t until she transferred to the University of Oregon that she began to see God as close and personal. Christian students reached out to her there; and at a church retreat, she realized that she could no longer say “no” to Jesus. Dan graduated from Bradley University with a degree in Manufacturing Engineering; Toshiko graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Sociology and also has a Master’s Degree from Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Family Ministry. Since October of 2011, Dan and Toshiko have served with International Students, Inc. at the University of Oregon. They primarily reach out to Japanese international students.
"SJ" was baptized! Although baptized as an infant in his Syriac Orthodox background in India, I was blessed to hear that "SJ"’s mother was also in full support of his “believer’s baptism,” which took place in the ocean on a recent church college group retreat. The need for a personal relationship with Jesus was impressed upon him soon after he came to the U.S. 17 months ago, and he has been full of joy in the Lord since that time.
Two weekly English conversation groups are places to connect and grow friendships while providing practical language help to international students. Please pray for Sunny, a very sweet “regular” who came from Korea with his family. He said although he attended church during his high school years and was even baptized, he left Christianity for Confucianism. Pray for a revival of his faith in Christ. He does attend a good Bible study.
Our Wednesday night shopping shuttle continues to be a great “vehicle” for building relationships with students from around the world. A Bangladeshi couple who connected with us through the shopping shuttle recently had a baby shower, bringing my coworkers and our family in contact with a large Bangladesh community. One non-Christian friend from this group is doing language research on a remote Bangladeshi Christian tribe. Please pray we will be sensitive and obedient to the Lord for how to capitalize on these and other opportunities to grow Christ’s kingdom. There is so much potential in these bright, hardworking and mobile international students.
Ramadan is coming up on May 15th, and for the next thirty days our Muslim friends will be fasting during daylight hours. We have a couple meals we plan to provide for our Eugene Muslim friends. Please pray Jesus will reveal himself to many during this month of spiritual sensitivity.
One other highlight is “N,” from China, whose wife is pursuing a PhD. N is preparing to take the GMAT himself, but in the meantime, we have had great weekly conversations over the Bible and about Jesus. Please pray for N’s salvation.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership and prayers as we reach out to the University of Oregon’s 3000+ international students from 94 nations!