We had a few inches of snow, which the kids took advantage of. This is the center courtyard of our building.

Now that the holidays are over, we’re getting settled and getting used to our daily schedules here in Japan. Nozomi and I were finally able to clear some space through the boxes in our bedroom for a bed, and last week we were able to sleep in our own bed for the first time since July of last year. Our little 750 sq. ft. (69 sq. m.) flat is slowly and steadily starting to feel like our home.

God blessed me with the opportunity to share the Gospel with a Chinese junior high schooler named Sho. He was obviously searching. Both of us struggled communicating with our Japanese, and it seemed he wasn’t understanding my English very well either. Then God reminded me of an app on my phone with The Story video in multiple languages. (If you haven’t seen the video it’s excellent. You can watch it in English here and in Japanese here.) I was able to show Sho the video in Chinese. By the end of the video he was almost in tears and said, “I need that. That’s what I need.” The pastor at the church, Pastor Matsuyama, and I both had the opportunity to explain salvation to him. Please pray God provides an opportunity to follow up with him, even disciple him. Right now, he is very busy studying for entrance exams for High School, but he seems to be very interested in lifting weights, something I used to do a lot back in the day. Maybe God can provide an opportunity to disciple him through pumping iron. We’ll see what God does.

Please pray for our family as we are still adjusting to Japanese culture.

Pray for the kids as they still miss their Grammy and Pop Pop, and their other family and friends in the USA. Pray for God to give Nozomi and me wisdom to show grace and love to them as they struggle with such a huge change.

Taishi’s goal for this year is to get 100% on his Kanji (Chinese symbol alphabet) test. Please pray for him to be able to catch up with his classmates, especially in this area.

Pray for Nozomi. Since she is Japanese, she is expected to know all the little social rules and expectations here, but she has been a wife and mother the last 10 years in the USA. Pray for peace and strength as she gets used to a very different life in Japan. Having lived in the US so long God has given her some opportunities to connect with Japanese moms who are curious about the States.

Pray for me as I continue in my Japanese studies. I’m 75% of the way through my first textbook. Pray for more opportunities to practice Japanese. Pray for more opportunities to connect with Japanese men, both believers and unbelievers, to build relationships and to explain the hope of the Gospel. Pray for like-minded partners. Pray for Christian unity here in Japan.

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Costco is only about 5 minutes from our house. This chicken ended up being chicken salad for lunch the next day, and made a delicious chicken soup a few days later. All for about $6.45. Plus, the kids love it. Thank you, God.

 

Thank you, God, for this guy. He’s studying kanji, working hard. Praying God will give Taishi the faith to trust Him, to follow Him, and to shine the light of the Gospel in the darkness at his school and throughout Japan.