1. Urban living provides many opportunities to interact with your neighbors (on the subway, at corner store, etc.) that we don’t often have in the suburbs. Ie. Building relationships will not be tough in Nagoya if we are intentional.
2. The Holy Spirit is at work. The challenge is taking the time to look for him and expending the energy to get involved.
3. We should be excited about the new wave of missionaries that the Lord is raising up, because we met some incredible people at CCMI who are being sent out to all four corners of the globe.
4. Being a good neighbor and caring for the poor are core expressions of the gospel at work, not simply a means to evangelism (Lk 4:18ff).
5. Riva and I react differently to stress. We need grace to recognize the symptoms of stress in one another and respond with grace.
6. Prayer IS ministry. We need to stop telling people we will pray for them and take the time to pray with them.
7. Evangelism isn’t tough. The tough part is listening well enough to know how the gospel applies to an individual’s story before you start talking.
8. It’s possible to learn Japanese, but we have to learn to listen before we speak.
9. Conflict is not bad. Avoiding it is.
10. We have great supporters! Thanks for sending us to our Cross Cultural Ministry Internship in NYC!
Here is our final installment of NYC pictures: