Saturday, May 29, 2010
We invited the Orpilla’s for dinner at Tom’s Dads house. So we had a BBQ with the whole family. Afterwards we sat down and watched the Laker’s game. NIel had a good time talking with Tom’s Dad, they are both in the printer business, so they had a lot to say, it was a blessed time. Please pray for the Orpilla’s as they seek the Lord’s direction for their life.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Here are some more pictures, most of them are of the party at Pastor Cisco’s house. The Amargo’s were late getting there so Toki and the A team are not in the picts. But if they have some, please send us a link. Or if anyone else has some, please send us a link in the comment box below. God bless you all!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The gang arrived safely into LAX, the flight went smooth, fast, but for Joanna it “was a litte long”. When we arrived at Grampa Ruiz House, Asa found some of his old toys. Maybe he picked up the sword because he knows that he is not in Okinawan now and in LA county you will have to defend yourself. Don’t worry Asa, God will take care of us.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Today Jillian is heading back home to Texas, we are going to miss that girl. Thank you Pastor Mike for sending your daughter to us this semester, she was such a blessing. Time flew by so fast! Take care of yourself sis, we are going to miss you!
At the same time, Eder flew out of Okinawa today, but he is heading to Mainland Japan to hang out with Rusty and Amber for a few days. He will be following Rusty in his footsteps of ministry there. He is going to have a blast hanging out with Pastor Travis and Snider boy. God bless you Eder, be blessed!
Sunday May the 17th there was a protest against the Futenma Marine Base. For those of you who have not had the chance to follow the news the Okinawan People want the Futenma Base moved off of Okinawa. It seems like it is gaining strength. The base is huge 6 miles around, and the Okinawan’s joined hands against it. Because we are located right on the 330, people were joining hands right in front of the cafe. When you think about it, it was an incredible work of communication.
Back in September 2009, they covered the story of Cha Sa-soon, a 69-year-old South Korean woman who, over a period of four years, spent over 4,000,000 won ($3,500) on driving tests—all of which she failed miserably. It appears that all her hard work paid off, as Miss Sa-soon has finally earned her license! It took Cha Sa-soon over 960 tries, but she is now an official member of South Korea’s driving club. According to the Huffington Post, Miss Sa-soon passed the written portion of the exam on November 4, 2009 with a minimum passing score of 60 out of 100. After that came the driving test.
Wow! And we thought Rob had a difficult time, good thing Mike Snider passed too! Just some interesting news.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Before the girls start to leave island; they got together in Nakagusuku at a hotel up the hill. The hotel offers a deal on the “all you can eat” buffet plus an onsen (Japanese bath house). The girls had a great dinner and then they relaxed in the JBH. I don’t know if this picture was taken after the onsen but Anna looks pretty relaxed, that picture looks familiar, like the one that I took of her in Genesis class.
It is starting to happen. John Michael and Cory (the Floridian’s) are heading back home. It was a blessing having our brother’s with us for this past semester. God bless you Cory, we love you bro, stay focused on Jesus! John Michael, be blessed as you head home to help in work with your dad, make sure that you are led by the Spirit in your decisions for next semester. God bless you brothers, Pastor Tommy.
Saturday, May 15, 2010
October 2008 January 2010
It is amazing to see how time can change things. September 2008 Eder first came to us from Nevada, and now he has lost some serious weight. The healthy Okinawan food has done wonders for our brother. He arrived in Okinawa at 275 pounds, and now he is 208, that is almost 70 pounds (35 kilos) lost! Here at the Bible College the students eat healthier. We make sure to provide for them a good diet low in fat, but high in Okinawan vitamins and minerals (we eat a lot of the local produce). But again Eder is committed to working out 3 times a week getting up at 5:30am (doing his devotions) and being at the Gym by 6:30am in the morning. Breakfast at the Cafe is at 8am. Great job Eder, you are looking good bro!
Friday, May 14, 2010
This group photo tells it all! We had a great semester this year with the Bible College Students. Thank you all for being faithful to come out to Okinawa and make this semester the best so far. Everyone stepped up to the plate, learning Japanese, speaking English and translating into Japanese and English. Praise God, thank you Jesus!
Today Eder was approved for his missionary visa to continue on in ministry here in Okinawa. We are so blessed with his approval. We were hoping for a 3 year visa, but instead he was given a 1 year. God bless you Eder, Praise the Lord for this approval!
I cannot believe it! In the 6 years that I have lived in Okinawa there is no way that I would have ever dreamed of putting on my heater in the car in the middle of May. It was so cold and rainy today that we had to put the heater on to get rid of foggy windshield in the car. Forget about global warming, we should be in full swing of the beaches here on island, instead, it is time to bring out the blankets.
Wednesday night we celebrated the graduation for Cory, Tokito and Zach. Tokito is our first Okinawan 4 semester graduate. God has great things in store for these men, and we look forward to being a part of that great work. God bless you men and congratulations on your good work!
There is a small group in Okinawa who are demonstrating against the bases in Okinawa. Again it is a small group that gathers in front of Camp Futenma. The other day there was a big demonstration in Yomitan, but as a whole it is not very big. Most Okinawan’s want less bases here but as a whole it is not like CNN or how other stations are broadcasting it. It is a touchy subject here in Okinawa, but I do think that everything will work out.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Some of the students and interns at the Bible College put together this video for the upcoming semester. We hope you like it, please continue to pray for the Bible College and what the Lord has in store for us in the future. This last semester was so great because this was the first semester where we had Japanese and English students. So the Japanese as well as the English Bible College is up and running, full steam ahead! Please click on the video above.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Photo by Mario MendozaPraise the Lord Quint Betts and family are moving to New Mexico to start a new church in that area. I have personally know Quint since the 5th grade. Recently God has healed him from throat cancer. God is so good. Please pray for this beautiful family that the Lord will lead, guide and direct their steps. God bless you all, Pastor Tommy
Sunday, May 09, 2010
Saturday evening we celebrated Michal’s 14th Birthday at the Cafe. She did not want a cake, so Joanna baked her a big cake. The students all went to Justco for some fun and then came back to the cafe for the celebration. God bless you Michal, and Happy Birthday!
Saturday, May 08, 2010
As many of you know Tokito and Zach will be heading to California for their Graduation at Murrieta. Well, after the graduation there will be at party at the home of the Espinosa’s. It should be a fun time. It will be good seeing Sosimo and the rest of the gang. Can you believe it, it feels like they just began Bible College a short time ago. And now they are full on graduates. God has great things in store for them and well look forward for His work in their lives.