Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Hannah Making Scones

My daughters are the best bakers. We are in the midst of the typhoon so she decided to make some scones for her dear old dad (with a little coaxing). Thanks Hannah for the typhoon scones.

Officially a Typhoon

wp201008This will be our first “real typhoon” of the year. It should pass right over us about 8pm tonight. The winds are registered to be between 110 to 130mph. We should get a lot of wind and rain. Please keep us in prayer, everything should be ok, our houses are built to withstand this type of weather. We are located on higher ground in Ginowan City so we do not have to worry about flooding. But we do not want to take anything for granted. There are actually three storms out there, but two of them are just tropical storms but the one heading right for us is a typhoon.

Good Students

They are off to a good start. The first day has begun and it is study time. Hey, where is Brevik?

Monday, August 30, 2010

Orientation Begins

Exciting times; the students are here and ready to go. Most of the interns are in charge of running the show tonight. This is definitely the largest group that we have ever had. We have an international crowd; Koreans, Japanese, Americans and one German (Praise God for Anna).

Three Van Fulls

Three full vans, it is fun caravanning for a fun filled adventure. Our final destination; Ikei Island. The weather is good, a perfect time to travel.

Katsuren Castle Ruins

This is our first outing for the semester. We are visiting one of the castle ruins in Okinawa. This is a good group of students this semester, we are going to have a lot of fun.

Breakfast of Champions

Miso soup and rice. Absolutely delicious! Our first breakfast together, but we are waiting for Emi and Brandy to arrive. They will come in tonight.

Rika is Here!

Great to have Rika back with us. We are so blessed that God brought her back. She has a great Pastor who is so supportive in her being here. Thank you Pastor Santo.

First Typhoon of the Semester

1007-00 201008292300-00Typhoon Kompasu is on its way. It does not look like a big one, but these can gain strength quickly. So the students might get to see some wind and rain soon. Please pray for us (everything will be ok) but we just don’t want to take these things for granted. We will keep you updated.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Fukiko is Here!

It is such a cool blessing to have her with is. Fukiko came in around the same time that Anna arrived except she came in via Osaka. Fukiko is on her final semester at CCBC. Only two more girls are coming in; Rika and Brandy.

Anna Has Arrived!

It is such a blessing to have Anna with us again. Thank you Jesus for allowing her to attend this semester. She was gone for the summer but now back in style. Watchout boyz she is going to keep you all in check.

Cole and Michael are Here!

They arrived safe and sound last night. Joel picked them up at Naha right on time. God has great things in store for these dudes. It is a blessing to have them here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Our Sister Valerie

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This is from our good sister Val. We miss her so much here in Okinawa. Here is a little email that she sent us;

Hello all!
Attached are a few photos so far from my trip aka pre-deployment leave. Hope this email finds you all well.
-Donating my hair.
-Taking a ferry across the river to get to Devil's Lake state park with my brothers and their wives: James and Kayla, Richard and Kristy.
-All the girls crammed into the back seat on the ride down.
-An action shot of me climbing at Devil's Lake courtesy of Richard and Kristy : )
Take care and thinking of you,

Costco: We want one in Okinawa

After the woman's conference in West Tokyo, the gals headed out to Costco. You gotta love it! Just look at Hannah holding on to that "churro". That is the Mexican in her.

Pastor Tim at Ippeki Lake

IMG_7407Welcome to Ippeki Lake. This was the center of a volcano and as you can see is now a beautiful lake. It is also called "the eye of Izu". Izu is the peninsula where I have been staying these past few wonderful days. There are so many friendly people here, it's much like Okinawa. It has opened my eyes to see that there are many more places with many more people that need to hear the truth of the Gospel. I believe the Lord has used me as a testimony of Himself here. 

I have finished my english classes and I'm now on my way into Tokyo where I will be teaching at Calvary Chapel Nishi Tokyo tomorrow morning.

It is Completed!

Today Amanda finished the Sakura tree painting. We so appreciate all of her hard work! God bless you Amanda, and thank you so much!

The Crew at Tropical Beach

Zach took the new students out for a little sight seeing. They went to the beach and also the arcade as well as the 100 yen shop. A good afternoon.

Aya is now Here!

She arrived last night as Naoko picked her up from the airport. Aya is from Nagano in Mainland Japan. This will be her first semester so please keep her in your prayers.

Happy Anniversary Eder

Today, two years ago Eder arrived on island. And we have been. Blessed ever since. Happy Anniversary bro, and God bless you.

Han and Moses have Arrived

It is a blessing to have these two brothers with here at the Bible College. We know the God has great things on store for these brother. God bless you guys, great to have you here with us.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pastor Tim in Shimoda

IMG_7387IMG_9936From the words of Pastor Tim:

I visited a town called Shimoda today. Historical and a resort area full of surf spots. Too bad it was flat today. 

A carronade from 1829. As you can see they've improved over TIMe.
I was walking down this very old beautiful street in and found out that Perry came into this port. The street is called "perry road." I was walk a historical road without knowing how historical it was!!! I've studied this stuff but never walked through it. 

Tomorrow we have our last active English kids class, then I head to the big city, Tokyo

Matthew and Logan Arrived

The first of the students arrived today and it is blessing to see them. God has great things in store for these brothers, please keep them in your prayers.

Another Storm is a Brewing

a-00201008270100-00It is such in the early stages that they have not even gave this tropical storm a name. But it is churning out there, and we will see what becomes of it. We have received a lot of rain as of last night and today. It seems like it has rained every day this month.

Lea and Joanna heading to Tokyo

Some of the girls are already there. Yumi will arrive tomorrow night while Kayo and Natsuki arrived this morning. Please pray for them as they will be busy at the Woman's conference. Be blessed girls and go forward for Jesus.

Pastor Tim on the Mainland

IMG_7908Tim is now in Shizuoka. This picture is taken of him on the top of a volcano. I don’t know what he is doing up there but it looks like he is having some fun. Actually he is sightseeing with some of the extra time that he has when he is not teaching his classes. Pastor Tim will be in Mainland Japan for about two weeks. We will follow his adventures through the web.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Almost Done!

Amanda is finishing up the Sakura painting and she is doing a great job. Thank you Amanda for all of your amazing hard work. God bless you!

Happy Birthday Yumi

Monday was her official day but we celebrated Koinonia Cafe Style. Chuch brought in a Japanese Cheese Cake and Vunder baked a chocolate one. Please leave a Birthday greeting below.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Minna Jima (Island)

photos by Zach Ruiz45266_460578246666_679526666_6494686_1613802_n 40009_460577971666_679526666_6494681_7443488_n25 minutes off the coast of Nago City in Okinawa is one of the prettiest islands in all of the Ryukyu chain. I could not believe how clear and beautiful the water was. I have seen some clear water, but never as clear as here. There was a small group who went before the new Bible College Semester begins, we had a blessed time.

The Birthday Girl’s

Monday was Natsuki and Yumi’s Birthday. We did a little celebration on Sunday after Church. It was a blessing to hang out with the Birthday girls. Please leave a birthday greeting below.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Tropical Storm Mindulle

all-00201008230900-00Well, there is a little storm a brewin right off the coast of China. It is just forming right now, hopefully it will blow inland and it will die down. We had some really good weather today, let’s pray it continues on. We don’t want to take any of these storms for granted. Check it out, it looks like something is also brewin just below Australia.

A Blessed Night!

At w2 we celebrated Jesus at the Obon holiday. We spent the night in prayer, worship, and fellowship. Different Guys and Gals led worship during the night, a great time with Jesus!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Obon Get Together

The guys are getting ready for the festival tonight. It should be a blessed night.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Okinawa Baseball No.1

For the first time ever Okinawa has won the High School Baseball Summer tournament. They have won the tournament in the winter, but never in the summer. Okinawa is making its mark as the premier Baseball team in all of Japan. As you can see in the video, the guys went to San A Department store (big store in the mall) and everyone was glued to the TV. When they won the game, everyone went crazy. Check out the video, just click on it above.

The Girls at CCTokorozawa’s Community Matsuri

photo (2)photo (1)CCTokorozawa is a part of the community Matsuri held in his city every year. This year the girls are able to be a part. Pastor Travis offers the best snowcones in town. And as you can see, Hannah is blessed with Travis’ World Famous Teriyaki Burgers, they are the best! Yummy girl, save some for your brother Zach!

At CCFuchu

DSC_1700 DSC_1756 DSC_1818 DSC_0188These are some cool pictures of the girls at Calvary Fuchu. The Church set up looks awesome! The kids are so cute. “Lord, may you blessed CCFuchu for your Glory”. Amen!

The Girl’s in Fuchu

DSC_1567 DSC_1613 DSC_1641 DSC_1686 DSC_0093These are pictures of them at the Camp as well as just hanging around with the group. It looks like they are having a great time. Please continue to pray for them that God would do a good work in their hearts. We miss them, but we are overjoyed with with what God is doing in their lives.