|Posted by email@example.com on July 5, 2011 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Today, I went to the weekly morning devotion for pastors and missionaries. Everyone has the same heart and their churches were connected when they were firt starting out, so it really was like a family. We read from Zechariah ch.8 which talks about God's love for Jerusalem and gives a picture of what the new jerusalem will be like when Jesus comes back. It really was a picture of people seeking the Lord because of those they see that have God with them. That's what our christian witness is suppose to be like, to show a love that can only come from God.
After that I went with pastor Dan from CC Iruma to Iruma city. We had a nice talk on the train on the realities of the differences between American and Japanese churches, even within calvarys. He and his wife supported me 4 years ago when I went to Japan, and I've seen them a few times since at conferences. Since I've been here, he's the one that pointed out how I've changed: I've grown a servant's heart. It was something I didn't realize myself, but a change that came about gradually from my internship at CCPV.
So, together with the Bolinger family we went to a rotating sushi restaurant. It was so much cheaper than the sushi I get in the U.S., and yet so much more delicious! I had 6 plates of octopus and 2 plates of baked salmon, yum! It was actually my first time eating sushi in japan too.
I helped Dan with some technical issues he was having with his website for CCPV, which actually helped me with my own website. He had two English classes to do that day and I helped with the first one. It was interesting to see how two little girls dealt to a foreigner like Dan teaching them English. They were shy but seemed to pick up on what he was teaching them, and had fun. I got to do some painting on their hands, just a flower, sun and flag of japan. Through all that, I really felt good about being there, seeing how they follow the Lord's calling.
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on June 26, 2011 at 8:30 AM||comments (0)|
Today at CC West Tokyo I shared with everyone what I've been doing these last four years in Japanese. At first I was so nervous that I said the same thing three times three different ways. But, I was glad I was able to tell more about my self without having to write it down first like I did 4 years ago.
After that I talked with some people that told me what they thought had changed about me. Everyone said about the same thing: Wendy became a woman. Now, they could be saying that because in Japan you become an adult at age 20 instead of 18 like in America. Or, maybe I'm less of a tomboy now, which is probably true. While I'm spending time in Tokyo with my previous host families, I just want to get back into the groove of the culture and life, spending time with my church friends at bible studies and gatherings.
After that, everyone wanted to know if they've changed in the past 4 years. I wasn't sure at the time, but now I do, though it's really just that I realized the different between everybody. Some people when they talk to me, they make sure I understand them and go at a semi-slow speed while others continue in their normal speed and I don't understand them as well. The moms from my host families are easy to talk to and discuss the Bible with because they make sure they're using words I would know.
Tomorrow at 10:30, I'll be taking the bullet train up to Sendai City, the epicenter of the earthquake. From there a missionary that recently came back to Japan will be picking us up and taking us to his house. From Monday to Friday we will be working on cleaning out a building to be used as a community cafe as well as whatever else work there is. I'll be trying my best, please pray.
|Posted by email@example.com on June 22, 2011 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
I will be leaving with my team after church tonight. Hoping to get to the airport by 10pm. My pastor is on the far right, front row.
I have updated news on where and what we'll be doing. We'll be in Ishinomaki which is a port town of Miyagi Prefecture. From what I read, 60% of the city was overtaken by the Tsunami.
We'll be working on a cafe that will be used for evacuees and volunteers as a place of rest and comfort. (the government appointed shelters are void of anything to do but wait)
|Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on May 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM||comments (0)|
Yay! I've started my blog today, hoping it will help me to post about my life as a Christian and following my calling which I believe is in Japan. I don't know in what capacity yet, something I will always need to be praying about.
So here it is. all are welcome to read any pertinent post I may make. The only other thing to address is my site name "Midori no Makiba". This is Japanese for "green pastures" taken out of the 23 Psalm I was reading today. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for the name of my blog site. Whenever I'm stressed out, I'll try to look to that hope of peace and fullness of life under the Shepherd's protection in the green pastures.
Thanks for reading, be blessed!