This past Sunday we received the news that our colleague Cheryl Barton--missionary to Japan for 30 years--lost her battle to cancer.  She was very young.  She battled cancer bravely and put up an amazing fight against an aggressive cancer.  She was surrounded by her family who came in as far from China and Guam to be there in those final hours. Cheryl and her husband Bernie are veteran missionaries and always very encouraging of us.  Bernie is an outstanding guy who deeply loved his wife and was by her side faithfully through it all.  They oversaw the Church of God School in Tokyo, Japan which is one of the most amazing schools in all of Tokyo.

We will miss her greatly and it was an honor to serve alongside them in Asia.