“Wow I didn’t know Christian culture and Japanese culture could overlap!”

Sometimes it seems like Christian thinking and Japanese thinking are like oil and water. The culture, although beautiful in many ways, is completely void of historic Christian values. Yet, some of it's symbols are pregnant with Biblical meaning. As I (Riva) read through the Jesus Storybook Bible weekly with two different Japanese friends,  one of … Continue reading “Wow I didn’t know Christian culture and Japanese culture could overlap!”

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What are the odds of that?

Did you know you are more likely to meet identical twins in America than to meet a Christian in Japan? Our neighbor stopped by the other day bearing gifts and asked for a favor: Would I meet weekly with her 35 year old daughter to practice English? Of course! Did I have a book in … Continue reading What are the odds of that?

Kindergarten Time!

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!

Paper chains and ways to pray

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