Sunday, December 31, 2006

Wednesday night at CCLivingwater

photo by Pastor Jerry We were blessed with the opportunity to minister at CCLivingwater. Pastor Jerry allowed us to share on what has been happening in Okinawa. We had a great time of worship led by Royce, and then Joanna and I went up and shared on the ministry in Okinawa. After we shared I taught the Word. Again, we were so blessed to see our family in California. Aaron Megiede showed up with his family. Aaron had surgery on his knee so he won't be jumping off any platforms lately. In the picture above is Hannah helping out at the e3missions booth. We brought a lot of stuff to share with the body.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Amber Perkins coming to Okinawa

Hi everyone! Let me introduce to you Amber. She will be our new intern at CCBC Okinawa. She will be arriving on January the 17th. We are so blessed as she will be coming to assist in ministry at the College. Please continue to pray for her as she makes final preparations to be here. When you get a chance please click the comment button below and leave Amber a welcome greeting.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Christmas morning with the Ruiz's

Christmas morning came so fast. Pastor Tom's parents came over in the morning, and we opened our presents. Asa was so excited! (upper left pict) Zach was excited because he got those pair of sandals that he has wanted for some time now. Tom's dad could not understand all the excitement, those shoes are hard to walk with. The day went fast, and in the evening we went to the Duran's for Christmas Dinner.

Pastor Tim's Family in California

Christmas Eve Joanna and I headed out to the Newell's house to deliver some presents from Tim and Ayu. As we knocked on the door, Tim's Dad (Dan) answered the door as He was speaking to Pastor Tim in Okinawa. A coincidence? Not really, just God's timing. Some of you might remember Tim's Dad, he is pictured in the middle wearing the hat. He showed us some pictures of Pastor Tim, but this one was the best, Tim in High School. What happened to that good looking guy? Just kidding! Ayu would say he looks much handsomer now.

Christmas Morning at CCLivingwater

We were blessed this Christmas. Pastor Jerry headed out to see his Parents in Nevada, so he asked me to teach on Christmas Morning at CCLivingwater. The kids came out and sang a few songs for the congregation. The body continues to grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks again Pastor Jerry for this great honor. Pastor Tommy

Magic Stars or Marshmallow Mateys

This blog is for all of the former Bible College Students here in Okinawa. We are in California and we found this bag of Cereal. In Okinawa they are called Marshmallow Mateys, but here in California they are called Magic Stars. We cannot get away from these things. You either love them or hate them. To tell you the truth, I really got a good tasting for them.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas morning in Okinawa

photos by Tim and Ayu

On Christmas morning everyone was invited to come to the Ruiz house even though we were in California. Mark Davis and some of the guys and gals cooked up a Christmas morning breakfast. It looks like they had a wonderful time. This picture was taken by Pastor Tim and Ayu on thier cell phone, boy is it clear! Merry Christmas to our family back on Okinawa, may the Lord continue to do wonderful things back home. Love, Pastor Tommy and Joanna

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Made it to California

The flight to California did not seem to long, even though it was 10 hours from Taipai to LAX. The ride was kind of bumpy, but we arrived safely. In the center picture is the family minus Zach and me (I was taking the picture). Zach is spending the night with Israel and Solomon. It was great to be reunited with Hannah, as many of you know that she flew out with Zach a week earlier. This picture was taken in Harvey and Elsa's house. The are presently visiting Pastor Dion in Idaho, so they allowed us to stay with them during this visit. Please continue to pray for us. I will be speaking in different Calvary's while I am here, sharing the vision of what the Lord is doing in Okinawa. I will also be at the CC Missions Conference in Murrieta. Trevor Raichura, Julie Milwood hopefully Keegan and Mark Davis family will be joining with us, as well as hooking up with some of the students and interns who will be joining us in Okinawa this Semester. It will be a busy time, but also a fruitful time in Him. God bless you, Pastor Tommy

Friday, December 22, 2006

Building for Jesus!

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Praise the Lord! God has opened up some new doors for us in a big way. Just two doors away from the Koinonia Cafe, this old building came available for rent. We talked to the owners who live behind the building and they were willing to rent to us. A bento shop (lunch "to go" restaurant) wanted to rent the building but the owners said they felt good about renting it to us. That is totally God's favor. You need a lot of paperwork to rent buildings and apartments here in Okinawa, and God continues to allow us to rent under special circumstances. We feel that God wants us to open up a Christian Thrift Store to help the Okinawan's in the neighborhood. Please pray for us as we step out in faith. Double click the video above, we hope that you like it. God bless you, Pastor Tommy

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Christmas Dinner on Camp Kinser

Captain Mark Davis (Keegan's Dad) invited us to a Christmas Luncheon that his company puts on this time of the year. We ate a lot of turkey, Ham and all the fixins. We had a lot of fun. Oh yeah, for those of you who do not know Mark Davis he is the serious guy in the upper left hand corner of the picture. This is a cool picture of him, but if it was really him, he would have a huge smile on his face. Mark is such an encouraging brother. This picture is his battle face, you would not want to meet that guy on the battlefield. Towards the end of the afternoon Santa showed up and Asa was blessed with this bag of goodies.

Wednesday night service

The Bible College students are gone, but ministry still goes on. Pretty good rhyme ya! It was different not having the students with us, but hey, Keegan is still here! We were blessed with many of the common faces, as well as God continues to amaze us by bringing in new ones. Please continue to pray for us here in Okinawa, that God will bless Rick in Okinawa city, Masaru in Naha city and us here in Ginowan city. This island is big, and we want to reach all of the island for Jesus Christ.

The work has begun!

We started tearing down things and preparing new things. Most of the pictures are shots of the guys (and Erin) painting the inside and part of the outside of the building. It is beginning to look really nice. Everyone got in there are started working hard. It really looks good for only a few days work. Please continue to pray for us, as we step out in faith for the Lord. Also, remember, we don't have a name for this new ministry, if you get any thoughts from the Lord, click the comment button below and give us your ideas. God bless you, Pastor Tommy

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

New Venture of Faith!

God has opened some huge doors for us to rent the building next to the Koinonia Cafe. For the past few months God has given us a vision to start a thrift shop for the Okinawan people who are in need. Jesus has been speaking to us about reaching out to the less fortunate here on the island. The building will need a lot of work, but nothing is too hard for the Lord to do. Jesus in Luke 4:18 tells us "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor". The less fortunate are in the heart of Jesus. Can you help us come up with a name for this new ministry? We are throwing around a few thoughts. When you get a chance can you click the comment button below and give us a few names that come to mind. Please pray for us as we step out in faith with Him.

Gogo Eigo (Evening English) Christmas Party

The party was off the charts! We had such a wonderful time this night. We invited all of the students that we teach english, to attend our Christmas party. Most of them did and it was so much fun. The reason behind teaching english is to gain friendships and share the Love of Jesus Christ in a personal one on one way. During the night we shared the real meaning of Christmas and why it means so much to us as believers. Please continue to pray for the students, and the teachers who teach at Gogo Eigo. In the upper left, are all of the teachers of Gogo Eigo, and to the upper right are most of the students. Many of the students brought friends for this special night.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Happy Birthday Emi!

Hi everyone! This is Dan and Debe's daughter Emi. She turned 2 years old the 18th of December. The Pallman's are expecting their second child in March. It is such a blessing to have Emi and her parents a part of our lives here in Okinawa.

Monday, December 18, 2006

The last group heads out

They are packed up and ready to go. Look at all that luggage! Aaron and Joel leave at 11:30am, then the rest of the group will stay out in Naha and do some more shopping. Then, Mark and Nicky leave around 2:30pm and last but not least, Doug and Brad will leave Naha Airport around 8:00pm at night. We are going to miss all of you, be blessed and keep serving the Lord. Love, your family in Okinawa.

Happy Birthday Mark Davis!

Sunday night was Mark's Birthday. For some of you who don't know Mark he is Keegan's dad. Mark is a Marine who is stationed here for 1 year, and he has been such a blessing to many of us. God has wonderful things in store for this brother, when you get a chance leave a birthday greeting for him below by clicking the comment button. God bless you all, Pastor Tommy

Women's Christmas Tea

Photos by Debe Pallmann

Saturday night the gals had a Women's Christmas Tea. They gathered at the Koinonia Cafe and had a good time. Many people in Okinawa do not know the real meaning of Christmas. We want to continue to proclaim the Love of God during this important holiday.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

The students heading back to the States

The students are beginning to head back home. All of the students will be heading back to the USA except for Djuji, she heads back to Austria. We are going to miss all of you. When you get a chance, click the comment button below and send us a greeting to make sure that you all got home safe. We love you students and be blessed. (Daijobers)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

New logos for CCBC and e3missions

Hi everyone! Zeremy designed some new logos and hopefully I will be printing up some new shirts when I get back to California this month. They look really good! Thanks a lot Jeremy for your humble service to the Lord. When you get a chance click the comment button below and tell us which ones are your favorite

Friday, December 15, 2006

Last day devotions-Pastor Tom Day

Today we arrived at the Bible College for the last day of class. We had devotions at the church in the morning. When we got there, all of the girls and some of the guys dressed and looked like Pastor Tommy. They were such a crack up. We are really going to miss the crew from this semester. Please continue to pray for them as they prepare to go back home.