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Pastors’ Last Sunday

Posted on Jun 15 , 2012 in Ongoing

Potluck after service: June 24

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12 Preparing to Help with Japan Relief This Summer

Posted on Jun 15 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

A continuation of New Life Christian Church’s commitment to Japan relief, a team of a 12 individuals will be going to Watanoha, Japan, to serve as volunteers at Grace Tohoku Mission. Located along the Sendai coast, Grace Tohoku Mission is a combined effort of Help Tohoku and Grace City Relief.  The non-profit agency, CRASH, matched [...]

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Japan Mission: Sometimes the End is really a Beginning

Posted on May 03 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Thank you all for your support and prayers for us for our time in Japan. It is hard to put into words the breadth of the experiences we shared, the people we met, and the hope we see for the Tohoku area of Japan. While there are signs of hope and movement forward, there is [...]

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Our God Reigns!

Posted on Apr 14 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Psalm 97 The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! Today, Thursday, April 12 was our 10th and last day at the Tono Base Camp. 10 days in Tono doesn’t sound very long, does it? Yet our Team Tono of eight experienced more than I can write about in this [...]

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The End is Coming. . .

Posted on Apr 12 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

We only have a few days left, and God has finally blessed Ichinoseki with great weather! We cleaned up the base camp and sent a few people to the mobile café. The cleaning included washing CRASH cars, vacuuming all the rooms and cleaning the bathrooms and showers. Our work may not always be glamorous but [...]

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Introspection and Prayer

Posted on Apr 11 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” – Psalm 147:3 After the mobile cafés at the small kasetsus (temporary housing) of Kawame and Kamiarakawa, we ate our o-bento lunches in the parking lot of Mast in Otsuchi. Then we commenced our prayer walk in the devastated area of Otsuchi, the city that was [...]

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Ichinoseki: Fun-filled Easter Weekend

Posted on Apr 09 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Happy Easter! We have been blessed in being able to share Easter for the first time with many of the people of Japan! This weekend we dyed eggs, made baskets and delivered “omiyage” to many kasetsus (temporary housing units) wishing them all a Happy Easter. Today, our group split up into two, I went to [...]

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Celebrating the Risen Son in the Land of the Rising Sun

Posted on Apr 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Happy Easter Everyone! This has been an amazing 10 days for us as we have served alongside the staff here at CRASHJapan’s Tono Base. It’s a difficult endeavor to try to put our experiences into words. As all 15 of us piled into three cars to make the 90 minute trek out to Kitakami Baptist [...]

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Ichinoseki: Ricky Cafes

Posted on Apr 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

Another great day in Ichinoseki! This morning, the girls went to hula class, and the men stayed back to boil eggs to dye them on Saturday with the children. I also, finished cleaning about 50 boots for the farmer survivors which were donated by CRASH. This afternoon we set up another “Ricky Cafe” or a [...]

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Tono Reflections

Posted on Apr 08 , 2012 in Blog & Ongoing

For everything there is a season… a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance…These words from Ecclesiastes were quoted by Amy—one of our Tono base leaders—during one of our debriefing meetings. As I have reflected on these words, I feel that they capture our experiences [...]