A life and ministry update:

« August 2018 »

Marathon Month

Hello family and friends. Its good to be back here to write to you all and give you an update about our summer marathon, also known as August. In Japan, August is a notoriously busy time of year because it is one of the few big holiday travel seasons in the year, and our schedule was no exception!

Last month we took five trips around the country. We put in 1,500 plus miles round trip in cars, trains and buses, to visit seven different cities, four of which we had never been to. We attended and served at three different Church events, with Christians from all around the country. We met new people, tried new foods, explored new places, AND celebrated our daughter Naomi's third birthday and our ten year wedding anniversary! 

It was challenging at times, but we were so blessed and protected on our travels. Even though this is our first summer as a family of four, we figured out how to travel as a family and the girls were such troopers! We made a conscious effort not to overdo the daily events, though there was much more we could have taken part in at the different functions we attended. Part of me felt guilty to be taking so much quiet time in the middle of the day for our girls to rest, and subsequently for us to rest. The introvert in me was relieved! In hindsight, I really think it made the trips much better for everyone. We didn't have toddler (or Mommy) meltdowns, we didn't get sick, or even have any carsickness; maybe we got just a little dehydrated in the humid 95 degree weather, whew! Though we were tired by the end of our travels, we didn't feel burnt out. In fact, in between trips, we hosted more visitors at our house than we have all summer. We thank God for blessing us with travel adventures and safety along the way. 
We've been growing more and more accustomed to our new neighborhood. We are meeting new people and making connections with the church and neighborhood communities. This week we will be handing out fliers to start some new English outreach programs. Travis and Tim Turner will be holding an English Bible study once a week, and Becky will be starting an English cooking class which will include a mini devotional thought to share with the group. These classes are part of our efforts to stay connected to those people who came to the Let's Start Talking classes that were held at the church building by a short term team from California earlier this summer. We also hope to reach an even wider audience in the community. Building a foundational relationship is paramount in witnessing to the Japanese for Christ, and this is one of the ways we are striving to do so.

Growing Family Needs

We are excited to announce some changes to our service agency website that will affect our supporters. World Outreach Ministries(WOM) has recently implemented some changes which make the donor page much more user friendly. Please note, the old link is still functional, WOM has just created a shortcut directly to a page for our family ministry. You can see a little about our family, make donations, AND share our page with people and churches who may be interested in our ministry. You can network FOR us! YOU can be our ambassadors! The other handy feature is that donors can now create a login to manage your donations, change payment schedules, update addresses and view your donation history without having to contact WOM. Check out those changes here.

As we look to next year, we anticipate the need to increase our support base. It is our desire to send Naomi to Japanese Kindergarten beginning next Spring. Typical Japanese kindergarten age is from three years to five years old. We are excited about what this will do for Naomi's Japanese proficiency, as well as making more connections in our community, but it will necessitate us to grow our income. Please be praying with us as we work to figure out how to do so, and how to budget for our family as our needs increase. Today I was reviewing the donations we've received this year by all of our supporters, and found myself simply amazed that so many of you are still partnered with us after three years. Thank you all so much, we couldn't be here without you!


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