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
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matt 28:19-20 One of our daughters threw herself on … Continue reading Goodbyes are a reminder of Kingdom growth
Hey friends, Just a short note to let you all know that Riva passed her National Counselor Exam today! It was the last academic hurdle before she can be licensed and a huge weight off of her shoulders. Thanks to those of you who have been praying for her throughout this long and winding process. … Continue reading Riva (and God) for the Win!
Hey guys, Just wanted to give you a bigger picture of what Next is doing among young people and ministry leaders around the world and ask you to pray! Radke Transition - Our new teammates, the Radke family, have now returned to Japan and moved into their new home in Nagoya. We're looking forward to … Continue reading Next news from around the world
During our debrief last month with MTW we shared what God has been doing the last 4 years in Japan. As we shared, it became apparent that God was more concerned with the work he needed to do IN us this term than what he had been doing THROUGH us. The counselors responded with "Oh … Continue reading Let’s get real…
It's hard to explain what it was like to be part of Camp Braveheart this year, a camp that Riva's mom started for kids who have lost loved ones. Often overlooked in the wake of a family member's death, 64 campers showed up to grieve their loved ones (some for the first time) and share … Continue reading Musings on Camp Braveheart 2017