Monthly Archives: December 2013

2013: Year in Review

Here are some highlights from this year: In January we began hosting a worship service in our home. We enjoyed visits from some 60 different individuals and were blessed with two new sisters in Christ. Please continue to pray for … Continue reading

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Holidays in Hokkaido

We are in Hokkaido with Michiko’s family for the holidays–and there are a lot of holidays to celebrate in this crowd! We have my birthday on Christmas Eve, Christmas and Michiko’s mother’s birthday on Christmas day, New Year’s–which is the … Continue reading

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Being Santa

One more community-initiated event. Through a connection with one of the local ladies we have become close to, I was asked to appear as Santa Claus at a local preschool. I have never done this before. Being tall, skinny, hazel-eyed … Continue reading

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Cooking at Kazuma Elementary

Another community-initiated event. Last year several of us from the missions community were asked to visit the sixth graders at one of the local elementary schools (where Michiko and my oldest son attends) and share about our home cultures. This … Continue reading

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Sakaeda Christmas Party

Another caveat about events. I resist them less when they are initiated by the local community. The Sakaeda Kodomo Kai (Sakaeda Kid’s Club) is a neighborhood association that we belong to which hosts several kids’ events each year. We have … Continue reading

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Moving toward Uneventful. Kizuna Friends’ Christmas Party

Wow. December just kind of snuck up on us. One of the transitions we are trying to make is a transition away from an event-focused or event-driven ministry. I’ve written about this before. It’s part of the attractional-missional dichotomy. Rather … Continue reading

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Shiori goes to Pre-K

Since Shiori turned three recently, he is eligible to attend pre-kindergarten at the kindergarten our daughter attends. After much deliberation we decided to go ahead and start him. It’s a good school, Minori is there, and he is SO ready … Continue reading

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