This morning we worked at the home of an elderly woman only a block or so from base camp. She lives in a very nice home, probably with several other family members. But she was home alone while we worked there today. Her home is probably about 300 meters from the waterfront wharf and apparently . . . → Read More: Dealing With Mud and Contemplating Ministry
Today we spent time in the morning putting together packages for several people we had visited yesterday in Taro. We were able to give them a lot of things yesterday but several had special requests that we weren’t able to fill on the spot. So we went through our supplies here at base camp and . . . → Read More: When Good Fortune Feels Unfortunate
I’m back in Iwate again. This is my fifth trip to Tohoku since the earthquake and my team mates this time are two fellow pastors from the NSKK (Japan Covenant). We have linked up with a team of ten from our sister denomination, the Seiyaku church (Swedish Japan Covenant). And this week we are also . . . → Read More: And here come the little ones!
We made it home after three days of hard driving and as I tried to sort through my thoughts I was struck by all the conflicted images and emotions we’ve had. It started with the tears of joy and sorrow, and then yesterday it was scenes of death and the sweet aroma of new beginnings. . . . → Read More: Does anything make sense?
Today was another day of stark contrasts. We got up early and were treated to a great breakfast by our friends at the Morioka Minami Church. They are so friendly and seem genuinely happy to have guests. Pastor Otsuka showed us a brief presentation on the work of the 3.11 Iwate Church Network in some . . . → Read More: Death that Leads to Life
May 3rd was a day of celebration for the Japan Covenant Church. We gathered at the Covenant Seminary and celebrated the 60th anniversary of this denomination. Our guest speakers were Gary Walter, President of the ECC, and Curt Peterson, Executive Minister of the Dept. of World Mission. They both brought profoundly encouraging messages that seemed . . . → Read More: Tears of Joy, Tears of Sorrow…