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Month November 2013

Trip to Greenville, SC

Last week I attended the PCA Global Missions Conference in Greenville, SC with two guys from our church, Mark and Steven. One of the goals I had for this trip was to connect with missionaries to Japan and others who are involved in missions work, and the Lord really blessed us and gave us many opportunities to talk with people. They were very helpful to us in thinking about our involvement in global missions. We also had a great time worshiping the Lord together with the folks at Sovereign Grace Church in Greenville. Thanks for praying for us!


  • I had the privilege of preaching at Sovereign Grace Church in Greenville, SC. What a joy to be with Matt & Julie Rawlings (Matt is the senior pastor) and their friends.

  • Japan booth at the conference. Apparently MTW has more missionaries in Japan than all the other nations in the world.

  • My first time at PCA Global Missions Conference. They’re doing great gospel work around the world – Praise God!

  • Japan Partnership Luncheon. So many people – encouraged to know many people are actively involved in mission work in Japan.

  • Our future teammates at Grace Harbor. Great time of getting to know them.

  • Lunch after church with Matt. Thanks Matt for letting us come and visit!

  • Gary & Lois Watanabe from Redeemer City to City. Gracious, wise, experienced missionary couple coaching church planters around the world. Very helpful conversation – thank you Gary & Lois!

  • My friend Steven Sieb’s birthday happened to fall on the first day of the conference. The hat & dessert courtesy of the restaurant.

Seima’s Visit to Fairfax

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Seima Aoyagi, the pastor and leader of the Grace Harbor team, flew in this past weekend to hang out with us and visit our church on Sunday. We really enjoyed spending a lot of time with him talking about theology, family, church planting, practical things related to our pending move, Japan, Grace Harbor, and many other things. Our church was very blessed to hear from Seima about what God has been doing in Toyosu, and I was so glad some of my dear friends got to meet him and get to know him. Our kids were so excited to meet him and enjoyed walking around DC with him (well, for the most part, until they wanted me to carry them toward the end… Seima had to carry one of my daughters!). Seima-san, thanks for coming! And I’m sorry St. Louis lost…(He’s a Cardinals fan.)