This week all of the MTW missionaries in the Americas are gathering together in Mexico for a week of reconnection and refreshment. Brooks, along with our Next team will be running the tween, youth, and college program for the missionary kids. In the 48 hours prior to the retreat we heard from two Next families … Continue reading Prayer Need
While I was studying the Bible this week with my friend she asked me if I knew a young boy in this city who has a biblical sounding name. “Come on, we live in a huge city! Why do you just assume because he has an English name we would know each .... oh wait. … Continue reading A web of workers
August, 2018 is a monumental month for us! Aside from the exciting change in our family that we shared with you recently,* there are a couple of other things that God's been doing that we want you to celebrate with us! FIRST SEMINAR COMPLETELY IN JAPANESE! I know many of you guys were praying for … Continue reading GOD did it!
This past month we had the privilege of hosting Next Asia Pacific's first summer intern! Emma raised support and flew halfway around the world to come serve the Japanese youth and our ministry team...did we mention she's only 16 years old?! We were amazed to watch her humility, boldness and independence as she pursued high … Continue reading “I never thought that something I couldn’t understand could have such an impact on me.”
Sometimes it seems like Christian thinking and Japanese thinking are like oil and water. The culture, although beautiful in many ways, is completely void of historic Christian values. Yet, some of it's symbols are pregnant with Biblical meaning. As I (Riva) read through the Jesus Storybook Bible weekly with two different Japanese friends, one of … Continue reading “Wow I didn’t know Christian culture and Japanese culture could overlap!”
Did you know you are more likely to meet identical twins in America than to meet a Christian in Japan? Our neighbor stopped by the other day bearing gifts and asked for a favor: Would I meet weekly with her 35 year old daughter to practice English? Of course! Did I have a book in … Continue reading What are the odds of that?
I wasn't sure what to say. Obviously I new the answer, but I didn't want to lead with a firm and insensitive "no." I wanted to understand the emotions behind the question. Was he asking for himself? Someone else? What was the question behind the question? How could I help him to see the good … Continue reading Do you think all Japanese people go to Heaven?
This is just a quick note to ask you to pray for my girls. Quinn and Marley are off to their first full day of Japanese Kindergarten today and Riva is facing her first day with the girls in school. Prayers for faith and peace would be appreciated all around!
Thank you for praying for our trip to Indonesia! We're back now trying to settle into life in Japan, and while it was certainly a whirlwind, God was so faithful! Here are some highlights: Each morning we played games, built deeper relationships, and explored the gospel with 6 teenage (10-17 year old) students. Many of … Continue reading We could FEEL your prayers!
We're experiencing a little deja vu as we pack up our suitcases, pull out the scales and meticulously pack exactly 50 pounds in each one. We've done this a few times in the last 5 years. The packing process has been sad, sprinkled with lots of goodbyes, shopping for our contraband (children's Tylenol, deodorant, etc) … Continue reading Paper chains and ways to pray