Some of the Shingu Branch members on our last visit. The Shingu Branch was moved into the Osaka Sakai Stake this past month. It has been reporting directly to the mission with a missionary elder serving as branch president. Two and a half years ago there were about 4 people attending weekly. The average sacrament meeting attendance is now over 11 people and we have three active Mel. Priesthood holders serving in the leadership of the branch. I was able to ordain one this past visit. We also have increased the number of temple recommend holders.
The Wada family was baptized two years ago. They are now ready to be sealed in the temple. We have seen 4 baptisms in Shingu the past two years (and all are still active) and the reactivation of a few less active members. It has been a wonderful blessing to see this small branch we once considered closing growing and blessing the lives of these members. Thank you to all the wonderful missionaries that served there! You know who you are.