Ok, some of them are not so recent, but here are some photos from the last several months!
I attended the City to City Intensive for church planting in Singapore & Hong Kong. Some of the instructors and men who are planting churches in different cities in Asia/Pacific region.
It was such a treat to get to see our good friends Marcus & Mel and their daughter Emmy while I was in Honk Kong for the intensive. Wishing we lived closer!
Max & Momoka, who have been a part of our community in Toyosu, served us with an awesome meal. Grateful for their friendship.
A short-term team from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA came to help us serve the families with kids with disabilities that we have met through Kaiya’s school. We are praying for ways we can love and bless these kids and their families.
Annual Kids English Week. Awesome team of volunteers from the U.S. (Most of them are not Japanese!)
Emma teaching English to moms & kids during Kids English Week.
One of the ways we have tried to connect with men and develop friendships is through sports. Grace Harbor basketball team won 1st Place at a recent tournament (only 7 teams participated, though!).
As the very busy summer season drew to a close, we were able to take a week to retreat to my mom’s hometown in Niigata. Very quiet, near the beach, mountains, rivers, etc. Grateful for this time to refresh ourselves.
Kids loved our time there.
Rainbow over Toyosu.
Summer festival in Toyosu. So many people…over 11,000 people within 5-minute walking distance from our apartment (over 30,000 in Toyosu). We believe there are people God will reveal Himself to in a special way. Would you join us in praying for soft and responsive hearts and the Spirit’s empowering presence as we continue to share Jesus with them?
Grace Harbor Church Retreat 2016. I was in charge of organizing the retreat, and it was a lot of work on many people’s part, but it was worth it. Much laughter, good fellowship, deepening relationships. Grateful to God for His grace!
Japan Congress on Evangelism 2016. Close to 2,000 pastors/church planters/church workers gathered in Kobe for this conference that happens every 7 years. The Lord gave me a fresh vision for His work in Toyosu/Tokyo at this conference. Let Your kingdom come!