Last Night of Noisemakers

Well, Friday Night Noisemakers is now over. It ran for three months, from April to June, and was it ever a blast! I was able to make some great connections with the people who attended—we had three regular attendees with another two occasional ones. In our last newsletter, we told the story of how one of the girls requested a Bible (to read more, click here). Today, I would like to share about our last session before the summer break. 

The week before, we’d collectively decided to have a movie…

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Low Man on the Totem Pole

Every family has its own unique pecking order. 

When I was a little girl, we had a black cat named Scamper. Though she was the family cat, she was really my cat. You know what I mean: sometimes an animal and a human being bond on a deeper level. Yes, the animal may give and receive affection to and from other people, but its heart truly lies with just one special person. For Scamper, that person was me.

God used her powerfully in my life, too. Through my rocky and painful childhood, she was…

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Contradictions, paradoxes, and the God who defies them...

Living in Japan seems to entail a series of contradictions and paradoxes. On the one hand, we've been here for a few years and have figured a few things out. On the other hand, we are still very ignorant of many aspects of the culture and language, and often feel adrift. Thank goodness that the missionary life has nothing to do with how adequate we are, and everything to do with how capable our Heavenly Father is!

The past three days have been a blast—and not once did I remember to take…

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And now...the results!

Well, Christmas is finally over. God did some amazing things over this season, and we thought we would share them with you too!

Our last blog looked forward to our home Christmas outreach party, a kids' Christmas party, the church service and party, Peter playing violin at a wedding, finishing our ESL certification course, Christmas carolling, and a few other events...all within the span of two weeks.

Kids' Christmas Party

The kids' Christmas party was the day before our home outreach. Peter…

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Peace in Chaos

This Christmas is extremely busy for Peter and me—probably the most busy that we've been at Christmas…ever! That says a lot, coming from someone whose childhood years included an extremely fragmented extended family. My parents were the only one that seemed to be on speaking terms with everyone, so we celebrated family Christmas at least five times, not to mention the various church events, school events, and so on.

Then, after Peter and I got married, he became a pastor. That has its...

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