Monthly Archives: September 2013

T-san, how to clean 30kg of rice

Monday again. Time to rest, fight off the onset of a cold, and spend time catching up on housework, etc. And also entertain anyone who happens to come to the door–like our neighbor T-san. Ex-whaler (14 years of a month … Continue reading

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Love must norm our convictions

What we want to do is equip folks to feed themselves. This applies to relief and development work. It also applies to discipleship settings. So when we gather for Sunday worship, we try to engage God, each other, and the … Continue reading

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Congratulations Nobuki and Satomi!

Amazing day. We traveled about an hour to nearby Rifu to attend our friends’ wedding. Nobuki was at ACU with us. Satomi introduced us to Ayumi, who was baptized this spring. Because of university and church connections, the day was … Continue reading

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Ragweed, kindergarten, discipleship, and jo no suburi (aikido weapons training)

Ugh. Autumn ragweed. Feels like there’s a crowded rabbit warren in my trachea. This morning was 参観日 (sankanbi: observation day) at Minori’s kindergarten. Fun to see the busy hive activity of the little munchkins–even if I did feel like I … Continue reading

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Watanoha Family

This morning Michiko and I (and Shiori…) interviewed a lady who runs a dagashiya. A dagashiya is a traditional candy and toy shop. If you ever went to a youth camp that had canteen or tuck, it’s something similar to … Continue reading

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At the Cleaner’s and Osusowake

Spent the morning trying to implement yesterday’s thoughts on inductive Bible study and lectio divina. Phew! Even after eleven years, Japanese is hard! But it’s rewarding to see the discussion beginning to unfold between these young people spread across Japan. … Continue reading

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Soundscape of Rural Japan, Lectio Divina, and The People in Your Neighborhood Song

Although the neighborhoods in northern, rural Japan are quiet, they are by no means silent. When the wind leans just the right way—as it does now—you can clearly hear the breakers from the shore a half mile away. You can … Continue reading

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