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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 [...]

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Thoughts at Dawn

Posted on Jul 03 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Today is July the third and I woke up at 4:45 am thinking what a pleasant night it is. Little did I realize that today the line for the shower began at 4:30, so I was already late. But no problem, God whispered to Naomi and she heard “Chuck needs coffee.” So, like a warm [...]

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A Day at the Kasetsu

Posted on Jul 02 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Today we visited a kasetsu (temporary housing units) from 10 am to 3pm. Our team, along with the other teams from GMT, made spaghetti and cabbage salad for lunch. Afterwards we had craft time with some of the residents and staff at the kasetsu. More than 20 people decorated towels with colored fabric pens. We [...]

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Whirlwind 60 Hours

Posted on Jul 01 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

It is  11 PM in Watanoha tonight and one of us finally has a chance to blog about what we have experienced. With our red-eye flight on Wednesday night and travel and luggage arrangements to go two hundred miles north of Tokyo, there hasn’t been an opportunity to reflect and type. Our bodies have been [...]

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Special Speakers: Tang Family

Posted on Jun 26 , 2012 in Ongoing

July 8 Worship Service: Missionaries from Thailand