Tom, Kylie and I went to Dallas, Tx this past weekend for the PCA Global Missions Conference (GMC). It was a sweet time of reconnecting with friends we hadn’t seen in a while (people from Japan and also fellow missionaries that we had gone though training with before we left for the field). It was also a really good time of meeting new people and talking about the ministry opportunities in Japan and the need for workers. There were over 2000 people in attendance….2000 people…a mix of missionaries, ministry leaders in the states who have a heart for promoting missions in their churches, men and women who are interested in missions and exploring the possibility of moving overseas to minister. What a blessing to be a part of this gathering! Please join us in praying for the fruit of this conference, especially for the Lord to raise up new workers for the field!
One of the joys of serving in Japan has been working with and mentoring interns. Our interns are usually young men and women who are taking time off from school or jobs to serve in their first cross-cutural mission experience. Some come for two months over the summer, others come for up to 11 months.
Our summer interns help with the end of the school year at CCSI (which runs into early July), then help with programs over the summer, like our annual English Camp/VBS
The interns who come for 3-11 months usually come during the school year and serve as teachers at CCSI.
During their time in Japan, Karen and I have the opportunity to spend time with and mentor the interns.
We frequently have them in our home for hospitality, fellowship and Bible studies.
I even got to marry a couple of them when we returned to the States! (though technically speaking, interns are NOT ALLOWED TO DATE during their internships)
I can’t guarantee interns will meet their future spouses, but I still highly recommend this program for young people (we actually have had retired couples serve as interns as well) who are considering a future in missions, or who just want the chance to serve Christ, to grow in their faith, and to gain a new perspective beyond the shores of America.
If you want more information, this is a link to MTW’s Japan internship page.
It snowed here in Japan last week. Our first real snow since we moved here. The kids got to get out of school early and we enjoyed a snow day inside keeping warm from the cold. Just a couple pictures from our neighborhood….our house sits on a corner and we have an incredible walking path right outside our door. The snow basically melted by the next day…it was fun while it lasted! 🙂
The bilingual congregation that we are a part of moved this past summer from 11:00am worship at one location to 3:00pm worship at another (larger) location. One of the things that we are trying (for building community) is hospitality meals in church members homes. We really enjoyed having these three families over to share a meal with us…it was good practice for our Japanese language learning and such a blessing to just laugh and talk and get to know each other. Please pray for good community within our church…and that these meals would be a catalyst for depth in our relationships. Check out our church website (Alive International) with some information about what we are doing!
Our kids continue to be blessed at CCSI. This is a picture taken during their middle/high school fall costume party. Many families benefit greatly from having an English speaking option for schooling through CCSI. Please pray that new teachers and interns would be raised up to join our team here….
Spring in Japan has been beautiful….
One of the highlights of our time in Japan is the relationships we have with the interns that come through. We have been blessed with being able to come alongside these young adults and live in community with them here.
We just said goodbye to a 4 month intern and are preparing to say goodbye to a 8 month one….saying goodbye is hard. But there’s a beauty in the sadness. Will you especially pray for my little kids as they prepare to say goodbye to an intern they have grown close to in two weeks?
Check out this Vlogzilla episode that they worked on this spring together. 🙂
Our family spent this past weekend at a retreat center with members of the bilingual church that we are attending here in Japan. It was such a blessing to have some time away from our normal life….to worship and share together as well as to laugh and play…
We are so grateful for this sweet group of people that we consider our closest friends here in Japan.