Sunday, October 31, 2010

Visit to Germany

IMG_0415The Perry’s were visiting in Germany and dropped in on a visit with “you know who” Gerson and his wife Brittney! They also have a new baby boy! Praise the Lord! Josh and Christy had a blessed time. But now they are in Israel, so please continue to keep them in your prayers. God bless you Perry’s and God bless you Gerson and family!

Leaving Nagano

Taking the train back to Tokorozawa there was time to reflect on the past two days. Being with the Nagano congregation was such a blessing! You realize that God is doing a good work all over Japan. Different cities but we all have the same calling; to glorify the Name of Jesus Christ.

All the way to the Train

I told them that I would be ok, but they insisted that they take me all the way to the tracks. I was so blessed but sad to say goodbye. There were big hugs all around.

Aya's Brother, Go

This is Go and his wife and kids. Aya is an aunt 3 times! These kids are adorable. It was great sitting down and just chatting. Aya has a cool brother.

Nagano Sightseeing

We left the house early Sunday morning; 7am. Aya's parents took me sightseeing in the mountains. We visited these cedar trees that are over 400 years old! Look close at the photo and be "blown away", see how small these people are? These trees are huge!

Aya's Mom and Dad

It was such a blessing to be able to stay at Megimi and Hideo's home. They were so hospitable. Their house was absolutely beautiful! Aya has wonderful parents.

Pastor Kazu and Yukiko

I made it safely to Nagano. Pastor Kazu and his wife took me to visit their church. Then we headed out for dinner and some coffee. It was such a great time. Getting to know each other.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

The "real" Japan

We tend to think that all of Japan is like Tokyo, tall skyscrapers, millions huddled together. But on the bullet train you see a lot of the countryside. Green trees, single family homes, it is absolutely beautiful. The picture does no justice because we are close to the typhoon, a lot of rain.

This is "the Juice"

The "Shinkansen" (the bullet train) this thing will travel up to 300km per hour! That is about 180 mph, incredible!

I have an hour to Burn.

So I decided to grab something to eat before I jump on the "Shinkansen" (the fast train) to Nagano. It will take about two hours.

Way cold in Tokyo!

I cannot believe the weather change from Okinawa toTokyo. Is is really cold here. The Typhoon that hit us will be here at 6pm. The trains will stop so I have to get to Nagano fast.

Tokyo Bound!

We are about to depart. In case of the Typhoon they said that they will redirect our flight to Kobe. Hopefully that will not happen; but we are on God's time clock.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Everyday a Busy Day

Feeding a mini army gets easier each day. But then you stop and think "this is a lot of food, three times a day seven days a week". But really, we would have it no other way. These students are a real joy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Logan gives his Testimony

Emi did a good job of translating for Logan into Japanese. It has been a real blessing having Logan with us this semester. He is a local boy coming out of Murrieta California.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rika's Mom and Sister Visit

It was such a blessing to meet Rika's sister and Mother. They are just visiting for a few days and they got to know their future son-in-law. Next up, the big man; Rika's Father, watch out Rob!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Typhoon Chaba

all-00201010261000-00There is a typhoon heading our way. It is supposed to pass to the right of us and then head up to Mainland Japan. The only problem is that Eder and myself are heading up to Tokyo around that time and we might get stuck in the middle of the mess. Please pray for us. For God’s perfect timing and direction. Also please pray for everyone’s safety.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Homemade Tostadas

We kept the Mexican theme going since we were on a roll. We made albondigas soup and tostadas. It was the first time that Hyan-chul has ever ate this type of food, he said that he liked it.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

NEWS FLASH - It is Official!

Rob and Rika are engaged! Yes! We are so blessed! He popped the question Friday night. We will let him give you the details. Please write them a greeting below!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Couple's Dinner

We had our special couple's dinner at the Koinonia Cafe. This months special; chimichangas! They were delicious.

My Favorite Flower

Plumeria's are absolutely beautiful! I planted this after Joe Maclehaney gave me a shoot before he left island. This year it finally gave us some flowers and we are blessed. They are beautiful!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Health is a Priority

The Bible College continues to expand it's food menu. Now almost daily; homemade soup. The kitchen crew often serves along with our menu different types of healthy soups and they are delicious.

Brandy's Testimony

We were so blessed by the testimony of Brandy. God is doing a good work on her life, and has a big calling in store for her. Thank you Jesus for bringing her to us this semester.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

3 Typhoons Abrewin

Typhoon Megi has been sticking around causing a lot of damage in the Philippines. But there are now two more brewin in the South Pacific. Please pray that they just blow away and do not cause any damage. We have been blessed here in Okinawa not to have had any direct hits in the past couple of years. Lord, keep us all safe.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Special Asa Dinner

Because of his birthday we were able to have his favorite dinner; Taco Rice! We arranged the tables more family style. It was blessed dinner.

Asa's War Cake

The girls made a special cake for Asa. Happy 8th Birthday Son!

Asa's Birthday at School

Asa had a little party with his students during lunch today. Joanna brought cupcakes for all his classmates, they had a lot of fun.

Library Study Time

We are studying in the library above the cafe. We got a lot of homework done today. This is the week of midterms.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Official Missionary

Anna received her gaijin card from the city office today, Praise the Lord! She has been such a blessing to the church and Bible College. We look forward to what God has in store for her here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ayu is here!

We are so excited for the new baby! In a few more months the baby will be born. Here are the girls at the takoyaki party. Hey, who is that girl in the back ruining the photo?

Takoyaki Party II

The first one went so good we decided to have another one, and this one was bigger. Add to it the snow cones (kakigori) it was out of this world!

Asa's Yakiniku Party

His birthday is not until Tuesday but the festivities have already begun. Asa wanted to invite the students so about 20 of us headed out for lunch. We had a great time.

Takamiya Family Harvesting Peanuts

It looks like they are having a lot of fun. Picking peanuts from the ground up. Hey Travis, I ate some chestnuts in Korea and fell in love with them, I cannot get enough.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Falling Asleep

Asa always falls asleep on the dentist chair. Not me, I am too nervous. They are so patient with the kids. At least he is having a good time.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Team is Back!

Well, most of us, the rest had to visit the restroom. The flight was fast and a real blessing. Thank you Lord that everyone made it back smoothly through immigration. Now it's back to the cafe to study the Word.

Heading Home

We had a great time in Korea but now we are heading back to Okinawa. God has given some of these students some good vision. We are looking forward to what the Lord has in store for us next.

One Big Korean Family!

The house was packed! But it was so much fun. We ate, talked, ate some more, I think that the students almost popped! Again, we were so blessed to be with the Reedy's and Pastor Lee. But then it was time to head to Incheon airport. The airport is about 1 hour away from Seoul and we still needed to check into the hostel. We have to check in at 7am at the airport, so that will come fast.

Dinner at the Reedy's

Once you meet the Reedy's you can never forget them. They made such a big impact on our lives when we first moved to Okinawa. Debbie is a wonderful cook! She went ALL out for the students, Mexican food and everything was homemade! She also baked cookies, muffins, you name it! Thank you Ralph and Debbie, we were so blessed to come and be a part of your family again. Also, we were able to meet Moses and Hyunchul's pastor, Pastor Jonah Lee. It was great spending some time together.

The train ride from Daejeon to Seoul station will take a little under 2 hours. We could have ridden the faster train but we would have only saved about 1/2 an hour. The slower train only cost about 10 us dollars. Transportation is so reasonable in Korea. As you can see, the seats were comfortable and smooth. Great for catching up on sleep. These guys keep you up late at night.

Leaving Daejean Station

We had such a great time in Daejeon. Thank you Pastor Mike and Daniel for showing the team such a great time. Thank you for allowing us to minister at the church, we love the people at CCDaejeon, and we know that they have impacted the students in a great way. Praise the Lord! God bless you Trevor, have a great time with Daniel and be blessed, it was so good being able to spend some time together. I look forward to seeing you again soon in Tokyo. Time to head to Seoul!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Trevor has Arrived!

What a blessing! Our brother from Sapporo has arrived. Safe and sound he came into Daejeon about 9pm tonight. Daniel had to take Brandy back to her house, so Trevor tagged along and then they were going to get something to eat. God bless you Trevor, great to see you again.

The Team is Wiped Out

We did a lot of walking today, and even now we are heading for dinner. As you can see these guys want to find a place just to sit down and relax. We are meeting the rest of the group tonight, it should be a real blessing. Hang in there team, remember, we can sleep on the airplane. Wait, no we can't there are chuck tracts to be done.

Moses good ice cream

We all had some good ice cream to eat. The last time I ate this type of ice cream in Korea it was close to freezing. The weather has been real nice, good weather to eat some good desserts. The guys were diggin it.

Turtle Soup

I don't know if these guys are tasty critters but I guess that they will make some good soup. Don't worry folks, these turtles were raised for food and most likely were not out in the wild. At the Korean markets you can find almost anything to eat.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Korean outdoor market

We did a lot of walking with the gang today. We saw some peculiar things; talk to Moses about that. Some things looked tasty and some were well let's just say interesting.

Moses and Hyanchul have Arrived

They boyz have arrived and we are blessed to have them join us. Tomorrow we head up to Seoul to see the Reedy's and Pastor Lee.

Some guys do the Crazious things

What is Cole doing with a wig on his head. We will let him explain it to you. Our crazy brother.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Afterglow at CCDaejeon

Like always the Lord shows up when you give Him the opportunity to move. The afterglow was such a blessing here in Daejeon. You feel so full after a time like this. Thank you Jesus!

Worship at w2

Zach sent this picture of the worship style at w2 this Sunday night. It is always a blessing to gather together for some worship on Sunday night.

Brandy and Team Testimony

This evening the team were able to share their testimony with the church in Daejeon. It is amazing to see the work of God in the students life. Their testimonies are incredible.