Friday, October 24, 2008

Time Alone in Nikko

On Monday, my day off, I decided to head up to the mountains for a half a day alone with God. It was a gorgeous day, and I even though its "changing of the maple leaves" season here, I thought, "its a weekday, it won't be that crowded." Wrong! What usually takes a little over an hour turned into a 3 hour trip (2 hours at a creeping stand still on a one way road up the mountain.) Even in spite of the longer than anticipated trip, I was able to find a secluded spot with just me and some ducks out on a lake and enjoy time basking in the Lord's presence and meditating on how God is the gospel - God himself is our treasure! As is my usual style, I've got more pics posted on my photo link, as well as a short video of snow monkeys I ran into. (Considering my encounter with a certain Nikko monkey who jumped in my car on top of my sister 7 years ago, I decided not to leave by my driver seat door, but climbed out through the other side...)

Friday, October 17, 2008

35th Year Utsunomiya Navigator Celebration

Last week I reconnected with lots of old friends and meet many new faces as we gathered to celebrate 35 years of Navigator ministry in Utsunomiya. It was humbling to meet and hear the stories of those who have gone before me, and to see God's continuing unfolding story of the gospel advancing here in Japan. I've got the 2nd half of the video highlighting the Nav ministry on my video link. (Its all in Japanese, but you can enjoy the pictures!) The last pic here is from when I first came to Japan in 2000.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Hokkaido Trip

Here's a video slideshow I put together of our BEST Club trip to Hokkaido in August! It was a great time of deepening and enjoying relationships with one another.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Summer Photo Update!

Just wanted to let you know I've got photos and videos uploaded to my gallery links. I take off tomorrow for a 10 day trip to Hokkaido so I need to get packing! Thanks summer team for a great 2 months joining us here in Utsunomiya!

A preview of pictures I have uploaded!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Here's our Utsu Summer Team - Tom, Len, Nicole, Rachel, Katie and Martin - while we were hiking in the mountains during our Gunma Camp. Check out more pictures in my photo gallery on the left. I've been really encouraged by living with the three girls - they're fabulous! Sad that Nicole and Rachel leave on the 4th...

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Graduation Parties and a New School Year

The month and half of spring vacation are wrapping up here in Japan, and a new school year is ready to begin! For two weeks in March I went back to the States for a conference for women in the USIMG where I received training in coaching and met some fabulous women who are serving all over the world, as well as got some time with my family as my roommate Emi joined me. I actually got more time with my family than anticipated, as I found out that my grandpa had passed away during my flight from Japan, so I rescheduled to join my family in the funeral.

Emi and I arrived back in time for the BEST club farewell party for the graduating seniors, and the graduation ceremony. Lots of photos posted on my photo gallery link and video gallery link! The picture here is of me and Sakana, a gal who graduated but will be sticking around for a couple more years as a grad student! She's going to be leading a Bible discussion group for freshmen with some others like she did last year.

Recruiting starts next week! Time for me to pull out the big pots and make over 100 chili dogs again for after our Freshmen Orientation Meeting on April 11! Whoo-hoo!

Monday, February 25, 2008

Choked Up

Its hard to believe that its time for graduation again. A while ago three of the seniors were hanging out late at my house after a Bible discussion, and I was listening in from across the room. They were sharing favorite Bible verses they were memorizing and talking about how they could continue walking with God for the long-haul. I slid over to join their conversation. Suddenly one girl said, "You know, I haven't gotten used to it yet."

"Used to what?" I queried.

"That we're sitting here, talking about our love for Jesus. None of us would have imagined this when we came to U-dai as freshmen."

I looked around at them, and she was right. Even I would have had a hard time believing that this kind of transformation would have taken place in their lives when I first got to know them 4 years ago. I started to get choked up thinking of God's goodness in extending his saving grace to the three of them. And that I've been able to see some of the fruit from years of laboring and praying for students at U-dai and for the gospel to advance in Japan. I'm excited to see how God will use these three's lives as they continue to flesh out what it means to be a disciple of Christ here in Japan and grow in their heart for others to know Christ, too!