Fun Fact: My parents found out they were pregnant with me while they were in Japan 26 years ago. My grandparents were MTW missionaries there and because my dad spent the first 9 years of his life in Japan, he wanted to show my mother (and me) around.
Well, tomorrow (9/1) at 12:50pm, Riva and I get to return to my homeland (kind of) and will be there until 9/15. We are too excited for words, and are so thankful for the opportunity to travel across the world (they are 13 hours ahead of EST) to listen in on what God is doing there. Thank you to all of you who have committed to partner with us in this ministry of reaching the nations and the next generation with the gospel. We could not be more thankful for your prayers and generous financial contributions that are making this trip possible. We just bought a new video camera, and if I can figure out how to use it, we’ll do our best to bring Japan back to you.
We’ll have some really unique opportunities on this trip. Riva will have the chance to share her testimony with a group of women and I’ll get to preach at both a Japanese service (9/4), and a bi-lingual service (9/11). We’ll get to meet our MTW team members there in Nagoya for the first time, enjoy getting to know them, and celebrate the opening of the new seminary building with them (9/10) – the bottom floor is where we’ll eventually teach english, counsel students, and share the gospel. Plus, we’ll get to spend some sweet time with MKs in the area and hear all about their experiences, favorite places to eat, etc. We hope to do some apartment shopping as well, and do the best we can to make arrangements for our final arrival there around Dec. 2012!?
There are two main things you can pray for as we go:
1. That God will use us. We want to serve the Japanese and our MTW missionary families however we can, and as we speak, we desire to see God’s word go forth in power for the salvation of all those who he is calling to himself.
2. That God will teach us. We want to be like sponges and soak up everything there is to learn about the city of Nagoya, Japanese culture, MTW’s ministry there, and life as a missionary.
Thanks for holding the rope for us as we descend down into the dark unknown. We love and appreciate you all very much!