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COMIX35 PRAYER ARCHIVE: 2011
Past prayer requests from COMIX35 President/CEO Nate Butler


For my family...
05 Aug 11

My beautiful bride of 30 years, Susan Edwards Butler, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on 30 July 2011 after a brave 4-year struggle against ovarian cancer. It was a peaceful passing, and our daughters Christy and Carin were both with me at her bedside at the end.

Thank you for all your prayers and support for my family at this time.

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved His appearing." (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

"Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints." (Psalm 116:15)



For my wife and our family...
11 July 11

After a 4 year struggle against ovarian cancer, and the effects of chemo, Susan can no longer tolerate treatment, and she can't eat, so she has chosen to go home. We met with the palliative care team today to discuss the details of her transition from the hospital to hospice care.

We are very grateful for the efforts of all her doctors – especially her oncologists – and the chemo suite nurses and other hospital staff. Their care enabled our family to enjoy some great quality time together.


"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4: 16-18)


For my wife Susan...
14 Jun 11

I have not posted much recently about the health of my precious wife Susan, so I wanted to let all our Prayer Partners know that she is still struggling bravely against cancer. While the latest chemotherapy treatments have been easier on her in the short-run, she is starting to encounter new challenges that appear to be side effects from the drug. Some of these have been very difficult for her, especially a recent problem with swallowing, as well as severe fatigue and back pain.

As I've written in the past, we are blessed to live just minutes from one of the best cancer centers in the Southwest USA, and we are so grateful for the care she has received there. Please continue to pray for Susan's complete and miraculous healing.

Thank you.



For the students at our Québec Seminar...
20 May 11

Our seminar last month in Québec, Canada, was the best we have held in 15 years. The Lord really blessed our time together in so many ways, and everyone was amazed and impressed – students, teachers, and hosts! It was a real "mountaintop" experience. And my health held up quite well. We appreciate all of you who prayed for this event – your prayers were answered Big Time!

Please continue to pray for the students, for the projects launched at the seminar, and for the lost Québecois who will be reached through these efforts. Please pray for me, too, as I make plans to return to Québec later this year to do follow-up with the students – to discuss their progress, where they need extra help on their comics, etc.

Thank you.



For two friends of COMIX35...
18 Apr 11

Please pray for the health of two dear ministry friends who are both Christian Comics Pioneers...


Editor/author/teacher/missionary Liz Isáis serves on our International Advisory Board and hosted 3 of our seminars in Mexico. Her daughter Sally reports: "She has an extremely bad throat/chest/head infection and she feels pretty bad. We have been giving her antibiotics, but she is responding very slowly. She does not feel well at all. The fever has broken as of yesterday night, but she still needs a lot of prayer. The doctor was worried that this would turn into pneumonia and I don't think she is out of danger in that regard." After she had a heart attack last September, Liz wrote in her newsletter: "If you have been praying for me, I am deeply grateful! Of course if it had been God’s will to take me Home, that would also have been fine, although I really enjoy doing my work!"

Cofounder of the Christian Comic Arts Society, Don Ensign is a long-time personal friend and supporter of our ministry. He also attended our 2nd comics seminar in Atlanta, Georgia USA in 1996. Don had a prostate biopsy on 8 April and has just learned that the results are positive. His doctor has told him this cancer is treatable, and Don will be meeting with him tomorrow to discuss the next steps.

Thank you for your prayers for Liz and Don.



For Kozumi Shinozawa San and Yoshihiro Nakano San...
02 Apr 11

In the midst of all the tragic reports coming from Japan I received the heart-breaking news that Noah, the 7-month-old son of manga artist Kozumi ("Kelly") Shinozawa and her husband Yoshihiro Nakano, had died suddenly in his sleep on the night of 26 March.


The family is devastated, confused and in need of much dedicated prayer support.

Kelly San said that at first she thought she would have to quit doing her Christian manga, because she was drawing the night Noah died. However, at Noah's funeral, she felt both God and Noah told her "never give up drawing manga for God."

Please join with all those who know and love Kelly San and her family – raise your voices together to the Lord, pour out your prayers for them to be sustained in their distress, and lift them to the throne of God for His strength and His Healing.

Thank you.



For the people of Japan...
15 Mar 11

I have many dear friends and associates in Japan from COMIX35's 15 years of ministry work in that country. Please pray especially at this time for Takanori Kanari Sensei who graciously had agreed to be one of the judges for our Manga-Ka project. Pastor Kanari lives in Fukushima, one of the areas in greatest danger from the nuclear reactors. They have very little food there and no gasoline to get away from the area. Please pray for him, his family, and his church.

Also, I want to let you know that Christians who want to give toward Japan relief are being strongly recommended – by the Japan Evangelical Missionary Association (JEMA) and Reaching Japanese for Christ (RJC) network – to donate through the Christian organization CRASH. Donations to CRASH Japan can be made online or by check through:

Horizon Central
1001 E. Palmer St.
Indianapolis, IN 46203 USA
(Put "CRASH" in the comment line of the check.)

Thank you for your prayers and support for Japan.



For our seminar in Québec next month...
08 Mar 11

Lord willing, we will be holding our COMIX35 seminar at Villa de Brôme in Lac-Brome, Québec, just one month from now. The registration deadline is coming up next week on Tuesday 15 March.

Please join us in praying for:

• The students who have already registered
• Those still making decisions about attending
• The teachers and other speakers
• The translators and interpreters
• The seminar planning committee
• Our hosts and partners at EVQ Media
• The lost
Québecois who will be reached through the comics created as a result of this seminar.

Thank you.



For the up-coming RJC Conference...
12 Feb 11

Next week is the 10th Annual International Reaching Japanese For Christ (RJC) Conference at Northshore Baptist in Bothell, WA, USA. During one day of this event I'll be helping Roald Lidal from NEXT with a short seminar on using manga (Japanese-style comics) as a tool for evangelism. Following that I'll be leading a workshop on "Sharing Your Testimony in Manga" with comics writer/artist Kathleen Webb. Don Regier from Word of Life Press, publishers of Gospel manga in Tokyo, will also speak. Tim Ingle from Let's Love Japan will facilitate a workshop on "Using Anime for Evangelism."

Please pray for all of us as we prepare for these sessions. There is also a RJC Conference Prayer Guide available online if you want more detailed information to focus your prayers for us all.

Please pray particularly for my physical health which has been poor this past week.

Thank you.



For the Paden family...
11 Jan 11

Jonathan Paden, husband of COMIX35 Board Treasurer/CFO Renée Paden, passed away unexpectedly on 8 January 2011.

Please pray for Renée, for their daughter, and for the rest of his family during this very difficult time.

Thank you.

[ Link to Jonathan's obituary in the Albuquerque Journal ]





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