Wednesday, September 30, 2009
God bless you, Pastor Tommy
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
The guys got together for some fellowship at Camp Foster; Bowling. Usually we get together for a Bible Study at Trevor’s house, but this week they planned this special outing. The guys had a great time, a blast. Thanks guys for planning this great event.
No! That is our very own Tom Cotton. His hair is rockin! For some of you who do not know who Phil Joel is, he was a band member of the former Christian Group “the newsboys”. Do you remember that Group? Phil Joel went on to make his own hit CD. The Bible College group are standing on and in front of the World’s Largest Shishi dog in the world. This dog statue, is actually a lion dog and is supposed to guard your house against evil spirits. No chance man, we have the Holy Spirit to protect us.
My camera was giving me a little trouble, but the pictures still look great. Cape Zampa was also famous during WWII because it was here that the American Forces first landed in the Battle of Okinawa. In this bottom picture is Suicide Cliffs. It is here that during the war, the peasant Okinawans committed Suicide instead of surrendering to the American Forces. They were lied to by the Imperial Army. To many of the Okinawans, the American GI’s were heros at that time. Kayo also stated to me that on the internet this place is still used for group suicides. Please pray for us to be able to reach these people who feel that they have no hope. Look at the Joy of the Lord that these girls have in the upper picture. Izak tried to get into the act, but we booted him out.
Don’t worry mom, they are perfectly safe. Just a few bats here and there (just kidding, no bats at all). You might think so the way that Anna looks, she was a little afraid, but she did great. The story behind this cave; During WWII, over 1,000 Okinawan people were hiding here. A Japanese, Hawaiian American soldier risked his life and encouraged the people to come out of this cave. He did not know that there was over 1,000. He was a hero. Hollywood actually made a movie about his life. We all had a good time in the cave (check out Michal’s face).
We all love Valerie so much. We are going to miss our dear sister as she heads back to the states. Val has been so busy while she has been here in Okinawa. There have been numerous deployments, and different assignments. She has come and gone often, but you always knew she was coming back. We love you girl, may the Lord continue to lead, guide and direct your paths.
God bless you bro, it is a bummer to see you leave the island. We are all going to miss you so much. It reminds me of the time that Captain Mark Davis left the island (Keegan’s Dad). He was such a blessing to all the students. I don’t know how many times the students got hurt and you bandaged them up (literally). Thank you Ira for all the blessings. For the rest of us, please leave a comment on how Ira has blessed you, and or how Ira “patched you up” with his medical skills.
Friday, September 25, 2009
This semester is going great. We are at the 4 week mark, that means that 1/4 of the semester is finished. They say “time flies when you are having fun”, that is so true. We are blessed with this great bunch of students. Please continue to pray for them all.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Convenience store giant FamilyMart is now operating more overseas stores and outlets than here at home.
The Japanese company now operates 7,598 stores outside Japan, slipping past the domestic total of 7,581. Company officials say it’s the first time FamilyMart has had more stores outside Japan than inside the country since it first expanded overseas to Taiwan in 1988.
FamilyMart says the domestic market has become saturated, making it less profitable to open new outlets. The burgeoning economy elsewhere in Asia has made it profitable to expand into the fast-growing developing countries. Officials say Japan’s aging population is producing far fewer children, noting younger people are more inclined to patronize convenience stores.