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
"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