The past year has brought a lot of people into our lives. We were surrounded by many Christians who took great care of us in South Korea. We were also blessed by those who came to Japan to help with the cleaning, rebuilding, and rehabilitation of this country. We are truly thankful for each and every person that God has placed along our path during this long and often difficult process. One particular courageous soul is Naomi who helped us last weekend. Naomi lives in Hawaii whose grandparents were originally from Japan. We first met her last December when we were in Hawaii to share with Olivet Baptist Church about our work. Prior to this trip, she had taken several trips to Japan to learn the culture and get to know people here. This trip was very special for her because this was her first time to help with the disaster relief work in the tsunami-hit areas.
Saturday morning we set out to Oshika Peninsula to visit about 80 temporary housing units that would be receiving food, flowers, and time with us and church members from Sendai. Naomi had been planing on this trip for a few months. She prepared gifts for every household and homemade cookies. We had a great time sharing with each other about our lives as we made the two hour trip to the peninsula.
Thank you for coming all the way to Sendai to love and encourage those in need. We enjoyed our time together!
We hope many of you will pray about coming to Japan. There are many ways to serve- visiting the temporary housings to meet people, delivering food, playing with children, teaching English, encouraging Japanese Christians, sharing your testimonies, and spending time with us! We love having guests! Even though we love this country and people, we do get homesick and miss our family and friends in the US. So having our friends here means so much to us. Thank you in advance for praying about coming here in the future. We understand some of you may not be able to come physically. There are other ways to help with the ministries here. Just contact us and we will find a way for you to be involved. We LOVE getting e-mails, letters, phone calls, and packages!!!