Our guest speakers today are Patrick & Jackie Bencke, ELCA missionaries in Kumamoto, Japan. They will share stories and scenes about their ministry in Kumamoto, and how God has been at work in the midst of suffering after two earthquakes hit Kumamoto this past April. The Bencke’s and their two daughters, ages 13 and 6, have lived in Kumamoto since 2006. Patrick and Jackie both work at Kyushu Lutheran College, where he teaches English and she is developing a sacred music program. The ELCA has nine missionaries based in Kumamoto.