A life and ministry update:

« February 2019 »

Back so soon...?

Hello again friends! Travis and I sat down together last month (without kids!) and talked about last year, what we've been doing, what is working, and what needs to be worked on. We both saw the need to check in more often and share with our supporters what we've been up to, and where God is leading us. We will be writing more often so we can share more specific stories and needs instead of summarizing one or two months worth of life happenings. So here are the first fruits of those efforts. Thanks for being here:)

Birthday Month

We celebrated, not one, not two, but three birthdays and one half birthday this month. Both Travis and I have birthdays in February, and Naomi has her half birthday on Travis' birthday. We also had Steve and Vonda Hamilton stay with us this month and were happy to go to an Owl cafe with them to celebrate Miss Vonda's birthday. 

I must be officially an adult, (only took 33 years,haha). Travis asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday, and I said I wanted to go shopping at Costco! It was truly a treat of a day with my family; we even borrowed a car for the trip which is such a luxury for us, and we ate shabu-shabu for dinner. Click the link for a video experience this type of Japanese cuisine, or ask my parents about it. They love shabu-shabu! For Travis' birthday we got to have a rare kid-free date and go eat...burgers of course, his favorite.

Expression of Emmanuel: Community Outreach

One of my favorite things about living in Japan is sharing a little bit of where we live with visitors. As I said above, Steve and Vonda Hamilton from Expression of Emmanuel came to Tokyo to go to a special clinic here and get medication as a part of recovery from cancer. However, if you know the Hamilton's, you know they take every opportunity to share the love of Christ to whomever they can reach as a part of their ministry to the Deaf. They made many connections with the Deaf community here in Japan, despite the language barriers, both English/Japanese, and American Sign/Japanese Sign language barriers! It was awesome to watch them use whatever God gave them to share His love. 

One way Vonda was able to reach out to the Japanese was as the guest speaker at my cooking class this month. We made walnut strawberry brownies (eaten too quickly, so no picture to share, haha), and she shared with the ladies in my class through translation how nothing can separate us from the love of Christ, not even deafness. She shared the Gospel boldly with a woman, we will call her M. M has been attending both my cooking classes and the English Bible studies that Travis and Tim hold once a week. Travis noted that of all the Bible study attendees, M seems the most interested with the message of the Bible, not just the English practice. Please pray for M as we continue to reach out to her.

At our Bible studies and cooking classes, we have had a few moms express interest in bringing kids with them to practice English. I have been thinking about starting something, like a Mommy and Me English time, or a Kid friendly cooking class to better reach those ladies. Please pray with us as we consider this opportunity. 

Thank you all again for being here, taking an interest in our family and supporting our ministry here in Tokyo.

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