Family Prayer Request

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2010 - 01:58 By: Trey Rowzie
Harry Goodman

First, I want to thank the many of you who have greeted me on my birthday. I'm so thankful for the encouragement.

On a sadder note, we recently lost my mom's brother, Harry Goodman, to a heart attack this week. He had been in poor health but this was still very unexpected.

Although I won't be able to make the service, many of my family will be gathering in New Orleans for a service this weekend.

Please pray for them that they would call out to the risen Savior and that the God of all Comfort would comfort them through the abundance available through Jesus Christ.

Thank you,


Obituary Published in The Times-Picayune on June 17, 2010

GOODMAN Harry Norman Goodman, born May 4, 1945, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2010 at the age of 65 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was the son J. Sinclair Goodman Sr. and Josie Eloise Gay Goodman. Mr. Goodman was retired from the construction industry and recently worked at the Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and the New Orleans Sheriff Department. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of Vietnam. His is survived by Gilbert Goodman and Heather Casey of Thibodaux, Louisiana and Justin Goodman of Gulfport, Mississippi. Other surviving relatives are siblings Joseph "Mike" Goodman, Jr. and wife Sandy, Sr. Gay Goodman Rowzie, HM and Sydna Goodman Peterson and husband John and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews. The family wishes to thank Davita and the Tulane Medical Center especially Dr. Sonia Malhotra for the care which they gave Harry Goodman. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm Saturday, June 19, 2010 at Hope Christian Church, 5320 Canal Blvd., New Orleans, Louisiana. In lieu of flowers and the customary remembrances, donations may be made in Harry's name to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, P.O. Box 901699, Cleveland, OH 44190-1699 or to HOPE for ANIMALS P.O. Box 1341 Thibodaux, LA 70307.


Join the Global Day of Prayer 5/23 (Sun)

Posted on: Thu, 05/13/2010 - 04:41 By: Trey Rowzie
Global Day of Prayer 2010

Global Day of Prayer

When: 5/23 (Sun)

Where: Around the world and at church near you.

On Pentecost Sunday (May 23), Christians around the world will be praying for God to pour out His Spirit upon the lost, and to bring salvation and healing to the world and repentance to His Church. The day is called the Global Day of Prayer, and a prayer guide has been sent out to churches all around the world.

"Pray globally. Gather locally."

You can see the details on the following web-page.

Launching of Lighthouse English Cafe

Posted on: Fri, 02/26/2010 - 04:54 By: Trey Rowzie
2009 Lighthouse Cafe Opening

Tomorrow, February 27, 2010 (Sat)

Come visit us at the launching of Lighthouse English Cafe at Kyoto Assembly Church.

We plan to make this is a regular event on the 4th Saturday of every month.

The cafe will open at 2PM until 5PM.

Feel free to drop in anytime and enjoy a cup of coffee and a desert with us (The cover cost is only 200 yen).

Click here for instructions and a map on how to find us.

Happy Valentine's Day

Posted on: Mon, 02/15/2010 - 17:09 By: Trey Rowzie

In the US, Valentine's Day is estimated to have generated about $15.7 Billion this year.  It's also estimated that over one billion Valentines cards and letters were delivered by the U.S. Post Office. And in Japan, they say that 20% of all annual chocolate sales are generated for Valentine's Day alone.

You know, for a day dedicated to "love" ... there sure seems to be a lot of commerce involved!

So, If you find yourself cowering in a closet after a day of dodging flying, naked babies touting lethal archery gear; or pausing while you dig out the insulin after reading one to too many saccharine sweet prose from heart-strewn greeting cards; or possibly waiting on hold for your dentist after putting your molars to the test on a full bag of heart-shaped pastel confection embossed with the phrase "Be Mine" click here to read a message I gave at a church fellowship on Valentines Day

Happy New Year!

Posted on: Thu, 12/31/2009 - 13:45 By: Trey Rowzie

(Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu)

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I pray is that even through the trials and troubles we all face daily that you each would continue to experience and could recognize God's rich, bountiful blessings in your lives.

In Christ,

Key to Thanksgiving

Posted on: Thu, 11/26/2009 - 04:11 By: Trey Rowzie

With the festivities of Thanksgiving day quickly approaching in the States, it reminds me of a Thanksgiving tradition that some families follow while around the dinner table; each telling one another what they are thankful for that year.

So, what is there exactly to be thankful for? Sure, we could all churn out rosy platitudes like so many dime-store greeting cards or email chain letters about how fortunate we are compared to others and that we should be thankful for the "simple" things in life like: food & water; shelter & security; friends & family. And sure, let's be thankful for all that. But beyond these creature comforts, doesn't there lurk that unseen something that we feel we are lack; just out of view and always unnamed? For some, this feeling is the constant source of their discontent; but for others, a springboard to great joy.

We are born incurably hungry and unsatisfied with this life; always looking to the next horizon for something to complete us. I'm reminded of an upbeat, online friend who once set their Facebook status as "Almost Happy." Now, there's book title for you! Even the United States Declaration of Independence defined one of mankind's inalienable rights as the pursuit of happiness; not the obtainment of it! So, if happiness is just some elusive carrot that we are all chasing, then how in the world can we be thankful?

Well, if we are talking about how to do that in and of ourselves, then I honestly can't tell ya. However, if we are willing to look outside our little world, we might just find the key to real thanksgiving. For example, Psalm 136 seems to be pointing us in the right direction. Haven't read it before? Here's a preview:

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

to Him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.

who by His understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.

who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.

who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.

the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.

the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

(Psalm 136:1-9 NIV)

"Wait a minute... I think I'm starting to see a pattern here."

Apparently ancient Hebrew didn't have exclamation marks. So, Bible scholars say that when God wanted to say something important, He usually repeated Himself (Ya know, my dad does that same thing to me ... it's usually because it doesn't sink in to my thick head the first twenty times or so). Now, with all the power of word processing at our fingertips, we might paraphrase those verses to say something like this: 

God is a really big God. He is good and has done some of the most amazing things for us. And most importantly...

HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


If we could have this one phrase carved in bold letters on our hearts... if we could dwell deeply on how this was demonstrated by Christ's death... if we could start living each day depending on this one fact... then (maybe, not first, but just a drop or two, then maybe a slight gush, but) in time we would be overtaken by a surprizing, overflowing flood of thanksgiving and praise that would spill out of our hearts and mouths and into the lives of all who surround us.

So, with that in mind, if you will... come gather around our virtual table; imagine the smell of roast turkey, fresh bread, cranberry sauce, and a multitude of casseroles; and tell us... what are you thankful for this year?

Happy Thanksgiving,

Urgent Prayer Request at KIU

Posted on: Tue, 11/10/2009 - 04:48 By: Trey Rowzie
Paul & Vanessa Miller

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please pray for KIU Professor Paul Miller who was just rushed to the hospital a few moments ago. He collapsed just prior to class. It is unclear what has happened but the paramedics were concerned that it might be a stroke.

Also, please pray for his wife, Vanessa, and children, Andrew, Emily, and Lydia for God's all-surpassing peace and comfort during this time.

I plan to update this post as more information becomes available.

2009 JCPI Conference

Posted on: Mon, 11/02/2009 - 08:54 By: Trey Rowzie

Starting tomorrow, I have the privilege to spend the rest of the week at Fuji-Hakone for the 2009 JCPI Conference (http:/ The last two times have been a real blessing. So, I'm looking forward to what the Lord has prepared for this trip.

There is usually a lot of great information at these conferences. And I hope to share more when I return.

Finally on a personal note, thanks to everyone who has been praying for me and my family these past few weeks. Lord bless each of you.

Family Prayer Request

Posted on: Mon, 10/12/2009 - 15:09 By: Trey Rowzie

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

First, I want to praise God for His kindness and faithfulness. Also, I want to give thanks to the many precious saints who have been praying for my grandmother, Mimi for these many months (and some, even for several years). 

I received a phone call from my family to tell me that Mimi passed away this weekend. It seems that for the last months that her quality of life was quite low. I was told the she died quietly with no apparent pain. 

The funeral will be in Covington, LA, Mimi's hometown. Here are the details as I know them (updated).

Wednesday, Oct 14 (Covington, LA)
Visitation (E.J. Fielding Funeral Home): 10:30 - 1:00
Service (Christ Episcopal Church): 1:30 -
Interment (Covington City Cemetery)

After much discussion, I agreed to remain here in Japan so there would be no delaying the funeral.

Please pray for my family, especially my dad who has just lost a mother. Please pray that they would recieve God's comfort and that they could trust in God's goodness and holiness even in this time of sorrow.

In Christ,

Update (2009/10/14)

Obituary Published in The Times-Picayune on October 13, 2009

ROWZIE Margaret Elizabeth Rowzie, age 97, a native of Slidell, La. and a resident of Sulphur, La., died Friday, October 9, 2009, at West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur, La. She was a member of Holy Trinity Epicopal Church of Sulphur, La. She was the daughter of the late Alfred V. Smith Sr. and the late Lavinia Peroncel Smith. She is survived by her one son, Harris N. Rowzie Jr. and his wife Jan Barber Rowzie of Sulphur, La.; two grandchildren, Harris N. Rowzie III and Michelle Renee Renew; one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Renew; two step-grandchildren, Nick Barber and Jennifer Barber. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harris N. Rowzie Sr.; 3 brothers, John Smith, A.V. Smith Jr. and Charles P. Smith; one sister, Emilda Smith Rowzie. The family will receive friends from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at E. J. Fielding Funeral Home in Covington, La. Funeral service will be at Christ Episcopal Church in Covington, La. at 1:30 PM Wednesday, October 14, 2009 with Father Winston Rice officiating. Interment will be at Covington City Cemetery in Covington, La. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be directed to Christ Church Memorial Fund. Friends are invited to leave condolence messages for the family at Christensen Funeral Home of DeQuincy, La. has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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