Today marks one week of living in Japan. Over the last 7 days we have felt emotions ranging from sadness over leaving our friends and family, hopefulness and excitement over living and ministering in this beautiful city, and exhaustion from traveling, moving, jet lag, and acclimating to a new culture. Thank you for praying for us – we FELT your prayers, NEEDED your prayers, and APPRECIATE that we are not moving here alone but are surrounded with support and care!
Every single one of our parents and siblings came in for the weekend for our sendoff!! It was a sad goodbye but incredible to have time with our families before we left!
We packed up all of our things into 6 boxes, 2 carry on’s, and a dog crate. Bear did GREAT on the flight. He never barked and was even able to sit in our laps for most of the long flight. And for those of you are were really curious – he did not use the bathroom from Detroit to Nagoya (15+ hours)!
We moved into our apartment when we arrived here Tuesday evening. A missionary left to go back to America the same day and was generous enough to leave us several household items (some bedding, dishes, towels etc) which helped us with our initial transition. Our first week has been full of meeting teammates, seminary students, and and CBI staff. We have already been able to attend a new student BBQ, two events at the Heart & Soul Cafe, and a church service at All Nations Fellowship! Other than attending events our days have been filled with learning to commute on our bikes, meeting with our teammates (mostly over meals in great restaurants around town), learning our way around grocery stores and furniture stores as we furnish our new apartment, and navigating our way around our new city. We have felt so loved and cared for by our team here in Nagoya and are excited to begin language study and ministry!
Some ways you can continue to pray for us:
1. Please pray for us as we continue to adjust to the new culture, city life, and language
2. Please pray for wisdom on language schools as we look into our best options for learning Japanese
3. Please pray for patience with ourselves (and for our teammates!) as we learn to function more slowly in a new culture
4. Please pray that God will give us wisdom and direction as we try to determine exactly what shape our ministry should take among the myriad of opportunities.