There often seems to be a clash among people as to whether or not Christmas should be celebrated as a religious holiday. Many argue that Christmas ought to hold no special meaning. They argue the Catholic church essentially stole the holiday from Roman religion, made it about Jesus, and that we don't even know when … Continue reading O Come All Ye Faithful
I think one of the most beautiful hymns I've ever heard is "Come Thou Fount." I can remember times in my life when I was filled with such a swell of emotions, my mind went back to the words in that song. "Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise." I understand … Continue reading Here I Raise Mine Ebenezer
It's weird to not be celebrating Thanksgiving. There aren't turkeys everywhere. There aren't huge birds for sale in the supermarket. No one is talking about going home to see family. The 23rd will just be another day in Japan. Still, I have a lot to be thankful for. I think back to where I was … Continue reading What Are You Thankful For?
This week has been incredibly busy. It was deceptively busy. Since September, students and church members have been donating all kinds of things to fill shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. There was a lot. I was tasked with organizing the donated items for what we called "Packing Parties." I drastically underestimated how long this … Continue reading Packing Party
I think one of my favorite words that exists in human vocabulary is the word "Gemütlichkeit." One of the best birthday presents I ever received was a small picture of me and some of my best friends laughing. At the bottom, in golden paint, is that word. Gemütlichkeit. For those of you looking at that … Continue reading What Does Fureai Mean?
The Fureai House Grand Opening was this weekend, and typhoon didn't keep people away. We had 28 people come for games and food on Saturday. I also had another person decide they wanted to start doing LST Bible classes with me. Both students from Logos English School and neighbors from around the school and church … Continue reading Fureai House Grand Opening!
We take a lot of things for granted, a lot of things. Like literacy. There was once a time when it wasn't the norm for people to be able to read. Monday, I thought I was starting to get a cold. On Tuesday, I knew I had a cold. I had a problem though. I … Continue reading Sick
This week, I want to tell you a story about the train. There are some people who I don't think would do well on public transport. There are people I know who just love their cars and personal space. While I love driving, there's something about the train that I find really relaxing. I take … Continue reading The Train
This week has been a busy week. I am finally settled into my apartment, and just have a few more things to unpack! I am very happy to finally be settling into my own place. It's very close to the English school/church which is very convenient. Here are a few pictures: The last picture is … Continue reading A Cultural Experience
I apologize for just a quick update this week! I have been INCREDIBLY BUSY! I have an apartment now (pictures coming soon) and I spoke at church on Sunday about our decision to follow God. Bible classes are going well! It feels good to be back with the Let's Start Talking books again! After church … Continue reading A Quick Update!