Author Archives: Jonathan Straker

2015 and Beyond!

(Pictures below) Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, … Continue reading

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Time to Catch Up

It was great to see many of you this summer—if the visit was too short. It’s hard to believe that it’s October already. I had better get a report out or it will be 2015! In all seriousness, please forgive … Continue reading

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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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