Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Today I found out that a good friend of mine, Brad Cooley, passed away. It is hard to write in words how I feel right now. Time passes by so fast, at one point you are talking and hanging out together laughing and fellowshipping. Then years pass by and you loose contact, you hear tid bits every now and then but things are not like they used to be. Life goes on, new people, new contacts, even different continents separate you. You remember when your kids were the same age, but then they too grow up and start new lives on their own. But you still remember the person. You remember hanging out, lunches, vacations, dumb stuff. When you are young you don't think about death that much, but as you get older you think of it more often; you realize that you are getting older and when you hear of acquaintances who die, it shocks you, but when a friend dies that is close to you, a part of you feels like it is gone too. Even though Brad and I were not that close in the last few years, you are going to still miss his tender heart, his funny laugh and his spontaneous actions. I love you Brad and I look forward to seeing you in Heaven. I know that you love Jesus and you are there with Him in His presence. I don't write this for you but really for me, to help me deal with the emptiness inside.
Mei-Lee blessed us at the cafe and showed us how to make "Nikumans" they are bread rolls with different types of meats inside. Everyone had a great time making and even eating them. As you can see everyone is working away. I got in on the best part, the eating part, and they were delicious!
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This is a picture that Tamiko took at the VBS at CCOkinawa. The College interns as well as the SOS crew are able to be a part of this group. They are having a wonderful time but they come back pretty tired. It is not easy running around with kids all morning. Just ask Keegan. Hey, he looks pretty good in that hat! They have two more days left, and then comes the weekend. Hang in there gang, you awards await you in Heaven!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
Pastor Tim literally "wrapped it up". He helped MC the reception and put on a good show for us at the end. He has some good rap juice and we love to hear it in Japanese. Eder and Amanda are up in Nago now with the Newell's, the Diaz' Japanese is taking off! Sunday morning Eder taught the kids all in Japanese! Great job bro!
The Gushiken family are the most famous Christian dance group in Okinawa. Their whole family sings and dances traditional style Okinawan. The girls are a blessing and they performed for Eder and Amanda's reception at the Church. It was awesome! Check out Eder and the traditional garb. I am sorry I did not get a good picture, but you can check out Facebook, also if anyone has some good pictures give us the hook up in the comment section below.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
The typhoon has blown by us with little effect and now it is heading to Mainland Japan. Thank you for your prayers because the typhoon is quickly loosing strength. By the time it hits the mainland it will only be a category 1 maybe 2. Now that can still cause damage, but not as much as if it was a category 4 like they thought that it would be. The power of prayer, do not take it for granted.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
It hits you really hard when you think about an old friend who was with you right from the beginning, Simon was one of the first guys to begin the program here at Teen Challenge. Temote started Teen Challenge around the same time as we began our ministry here in Ginowan City. In fact Temote brought the first guy who joined Teen Challenge to the cafe for our Sunday night w2 service. Shortly after the first guy came Simon, I thought to myself after meeting him, "I don't know if this guy is going to make it". But Simon continued to grow, even to the point of becoming a leader for the rest of the guys. As the Lord grew Simon it was quite evident that the Lord had a special calling upon his life. The Lord opened the doors for him to become involved with the Tohoku/Sendai relief up in Mainland Japan. The guys from Teen Challenge Okinawa began working closely with Samaritan Purse. Simon quickly began to be a leader and served well with them up North. Well, today Simon made the commitment to become full time with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association. He will be leaving Okinawa this Wednesday to begin full time making preparation for the BGEA outreach in Sendai next year.
One message can change your life, it did for me, it was one message that started the whole process of moving to Okinawa; On Wednesday nights we have been teaching through the book of Joshua. We were told that when the priest's put their feet firmly in the Jordan that is when the Jordan parted. It is when we put our feet firmly down in the work that God has called us to do, then we will see the waters part. We are going to miss Simon here in Okinawa, he is a special friend, but we know that God has great things in store for this brother. We love you Simon, God is good and He will do great things in your life.