Unless we count S’s entire life growing up as a missionary kid, she will soon take her first mission trip. Peter and a friend from First Presbyterian Church of Bellevue will be going up to Ishinomaki, northern Japan, to help with the tsunami relief for a week. S will be going for four of these […]
One of the things that I like about Japan is that we do a good job of honoring people. My American side thinks that things are usually a bit longer than needed, but my Japanese side likes that we take the time. K graduated from elementary school today. Job well done, son. Here he is […]
We have a small backyard and I like it. I attempt to grow grass in it every year, but I grow more weeds than grass. Yesterday the boys decided to build a fort. Or maybe it is a castle. Whatever it is, they decided it needed a moat. There went my grass. Or weeds. I […]
One of things we have wanted to do, both as a family and church body, is seek ways that we can say to our local community “we love you” through acts of service. We want our children to understand the value of unconditionally serving others, just as Jesus gave all for us, no strings attached. […]
After three months in the US, we are loving the adjustment back to life rhythms here in Japan. The kids are enjoying school (the friends, not the homework), English ministry has started-up, and reconnecting with our friends and neighbors has been a joy. Today, we made an unexpected connection. We found a bag of trash […]
While on a museum visit, we thought about a unique opportunity to raise some additional support. Since the idea was illegal, we passed on it. But there it was, right behind the kids. $107 million hanging on the wall. We just didn’t think we could get away with it. With their cousin D-.
This update is for friends of my family in the Southern California area. The Memorial Service for my mom will be Wednesday, July 15 at 11:00. It will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Huntington Beach, with a luncheon following the service in the Fellowship Hall. If you are coming, let me […]