This week K- and I (Peter) made a trip together to Sapporo, which is on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido. He had a few days off from school, I wanted to spend time with Asian Access missionaries, and we both wanted to run a race, so we flew up for four days.
In Sapporo, we visited the site where Hokkaido University was founded. (Above photo.) A missionary from the States, Dr. William Clark, was influential in the school’s early years. His salutation “Boys be ambitious” is famous throughout Japan, even to this day. We had some great talks about why God has called us to Japan, and the influence we can have.
We also visited a famous chocolate factory. Very cool to see how it all worked. And the aroma around the place was wonderful.
Then , to our surprise, we met Abraham Lincoln. Wondered where he had been all these years and came to find out he lives in Hokkaido! That’s fellow Asian Access missionary Tim with K- and Abe.
On race day, K- ran his first competitive race, a 2k. He did a great job, and is not far off from actually being able to do a 5k. Perhaps we’ll try that later in the fall. I ran a half-marathon, and knocked 18 minutes off my previous time to finish in 1:52:06. It was a fun day. Here we are with Tim, and his wife Wakako, who also ran the race. It was a mini mission event!
Overall, it was a blast to be with family. We had great talks about the future of the mission in Hokkaido, heard great testimony of how God is using our friends Tim and Wakako, ran a great race and ate great food. Not to mention meeting Abe!