From what we can tell from Mike's latest e-mail, all missionaries assigned to Sapporo are back and serving in the Sendai Mission. Mike is serving in an area just on the outskirts of Sendai, called Furukawa, and it looks like perhaps, in the next transfer some missionaries might serve within the city as things return back to normal (whatever that might be). This is my opinion, and not anything Mike has told me. His Mission President and his wife, Pres. and Sist. Tateoka are in their last month of missionary service, and will soon be returning to Utah. We wish them all the best, and God's speed back to their family.
We know the members in the mission really miss having the missionaries in their wards and branches, and I'm sure as conditions get better they will return to more areas. We ask that all of you remember Mike in your prayers as they enter a new area, with virtually no investigator pool, and very few contacts. So it looks like a lot of street contacting, and a lot more housing for them.
As we listened to Michel speak to us in japanese, when we talked to him on Mother's Day, we were all so impressed about how much he had learned, and how much the gift of tongues has been a part of his life, and the lives of the missionaries in Japan, and so grateful for the Lord's help in his life.
We know that there are people in Japan, that Michael with his unique style, and command of the language can reach, and we are praying he can find them, teach them, and lead them into the waters of baptism.
Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and thoughts concerning Mike. It's helped a great deal.