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Japan Team Sharing July 29, 2012

Posted on Jul 19 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Thank you for all of your prayers and support for our team during our time in Japan. Our team arrived safely back in Los Angeles last week. It is truly exciting to see how God is working in Japan. Team members will be sharing about our experiences in Ishinomaki during NLC2 church service on Sunday, [...]

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Last Man Standing

Posted on Jul 10 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Our team hasn’t been doing that well healthwise. Alice was sick with a cold from the start. Then with the muddying and physical labor in dusty conditions, more people started falling ill, including me. There were some injuries, too – nothing major. Something flew in Javier’s eye when he was working. All the squatting and [...]

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Monday in Tohoku

Posted on Jul 10 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

It’s a beautiful day today. There are clouds and a light mist, and cool weather, but it is a lovely day today because God made this day specifically for me. This is Monday, the first day of work here in Tohoku. This is what we came to do, so with anticipation I am looking forward [...]

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Prayer Requests – Update

Posted on Jul 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Thank you for your prayers and support! We will have three more work days this week before heading back to Tokyo. We have some prayer requests for the upcoming week. 1.) Jim Kagawa will be traveling to Ishinomaki on Monday (tomorrow) to volunteer with rest of our team for the remainder of our time here. [...]

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Festival Time!

Posted on Jul 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Saturday – We woke up to the patter of rain on the roof, which was a bit disconcerting due to the festival that was suppose to take place later in the day. We began preparations despite the weather. In the morning after breakfast a group held a coffee hour and a number of people attended. [...]

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‘Alohei’ Time

Posted on Jul 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

“Alohei,” the women said in unison, posing for the camera. “Nani?” What, I asked. It turned out what they were saying was “aloha.” This was at the end of our Aloha Minasan (Aloha Everyone) tea time event held at Grace Mission Tohoku Hope House in conjunction with missionaries affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church. Stephanie, [...]

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Uncovering Reminders

Posted on Jul 05 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

It is interesting the things you find here, just laying on the ground. I’ve found Nintendo 64 game cartridges, various circuit boards, lots of pottery, even a guitar multi-effects unit amongst the rubble here. It’s interesting to see a building knocked over on its side or to look at the foundation of what was once [...]

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Restoring Faith

Posted on Jul 04 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

In the midst of still much devastation, there are many signs of life, hope, and renewal in Ishinomaki, not only physically but also spiritually. We have had the privilege of being able to partner with Samaritan’s Purse in mudding out (cleaning) and the carpentry restoration of people’s homes in the local area. And as people’s [...]

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Prayer Requests

Posted on Jul 03 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Below are some prayer requests made by various members of our team within the past 24 hours. 1. Some of our teammates have come down with colds and have not been feeling well. Please pray that Alice, Chuck and Stephanie will recover quickly and that the rest of us remain healthy. 2. Virginia, a staff [...]

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From Flood to Frame

Posted on Jul 03 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Derek, Pastor Dave, Javier and myself had a great time with our new building foreman, Scott. Scott is from Hawaii and is a great young Christian man with the heart of a giant. Those of us who are pseudo-kamaiana really bonded and got to hear his story. He guided us to start framing our house [...]