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Far From Home Blog

Photo Update

It’s been a while since we have updated this blog with some photos… This is going to be longer than usual, but here are some photos from the last several months!

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This was our Christmas picture. Merry Christmas! (Belated…)

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We had an opportunity to be back in the U.S. for the month of December, updating our church, spending time with family and friends. All the cousins were together for the first time in a while. Our kids loved their time with them!

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We have some American fast food restaurants that we don’t have in Japan and we miss… Chipotle(!), Chick-fil-A, Potbelly’s… Boys enjoying Potbelly sandwiches.

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After a long flight back and pushing all our bags through customs, we arrived home safely. It felt great to be “home” again.

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Annual gathering of JEMA (Japan Evangelical Missionary Association). Grateful for these men & women working tirelessly to preach Christ all over Japan.

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Weekly “Kids Games”. Great way to connect with families in our community and bless the children by playing sports/games with them.

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“English Time” for moms and kids. Emma teaches moms & their little ones English every other week on Wednesday morning. God continues to bless this gathering by adding new people from our community! Please pray for deepening relationships with these ladies.

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This is for fun. One morning I arrived at our worship service venue and noticed our welcome sign standing next to a schoolgirl with a machine gun! The downside of meeting right next to a movie theater…

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By God’s grace, Grace Harbor Church celebrated its first anniversary since starting our weekly worship service. Easter/Anniversary party after the service.

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Egg drop game. Oh the joy of seeing the kids faces when the egg splattered on the table…

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Easter Egg Hunt. Kaiya is happy!

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J is into skateboarding these days. Trying to go down a half-pipe. Please pray for no broken bones, please!

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Missional community practitioners gathering. We started getting together with other Christian workers around Tokyo who are seeking to foster a Christian community that is actively engaging in the mission to make disciples.

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I can’t believe it’s already been two years… Tamia graduated from her 2-year kindergarten.

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…and Peter started his this year!

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Getting ready for a new year of school. Japanese schools start their new year in April. It’s a busy season for moms who have to buy all these things and write the kids names on everything!

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A visiting short-term team from CA putting on the Kids English event during the schools’ spring break. They were fabulous!

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Last but not least. We will celebrate our 12th wedding anniversary this Saturday (though I will be in Singapore attending the City to City intensive training for church planting — Please pray for God’s protection and grace over all of us, but especially for Emma, who will have our four kids and all of their school homework to look after while I’m gone!). Grateful beyond words for all that she is and does.

5 comments

Carol Sawyer - April 21, 2016 Reply

Thank you for this post–it’s so great to have a window into your world there. Your dear family is in our thoughts and we will be praying for a fruitful trip for Seita and for God’s grace and strength upon Emma.

Dawn Opie - April 21, 2016 Reply

And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Exciting and busy times–praying for you all and those things mentioned.

Lesley Mullery - April 21, 2016 Reply

Yes! It is so encouraging to see how you are thriving in this city! Praying for you all! Especially for no broken bones, J!

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