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
We are all familiar with the story of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt and maybe even the song: "Pharaoh, Pharaoh, Oh baby you gotta let me people go, huh, yeah yeah yeah yeah." But often when we remember that story, we skip straight from the great escape to the land of milk and honey, … Continue reading Reflections on Reentry (to Japan)
I was talking with a dear friend "Y" in Japan this morning and was encouraged as she reflected on her Christmas. I often refer to this friend as a "missionary to the missionaries" - she is the one who showed up when I first moved to Nagoya and taught me to cook, planned evangelism events … Continue reading Enjoy the gift, BE the gift
Although last week was an amazing trip to visiting our dear friends and teammates the Luptons in Colombia, it got off to a scary start. We arrived last Friday evening and met Andrew in front of the airport to grab a taxi back to his house. The first taxi sent us away because we had … Continue reading It’s A Colombia Miracle