We returned to Japan the end of May. It is good to be back “home.” Some changes took place while we were gone. A new mall opened within a few miles of our home. 🙂 A subway line has been extended closer to our home. It makes it much more convenient, especially since B has to take it to his new job. They’ve also extended the highway nearer to us. It has shaved about 15-20 minutes off a lot of our travels. As you can see, our life here has become a little more convenient.
Our son, J, did not return to Japan with us. The Lord provided him with a great job after his graduation. He is living in Greenville, SC. He plans to be married April 14, 2012 to a lovely young lady. Our daughter had a summer job here and has returned to the USA for her second year of college. She is enjoying being there and making many friends. B is in his last year of high school and has a great job at a French restaurant. He is a little lonely with his siblings and cousins stateside.
My husband is busy with his many responsibilities: preaching, translating materials, etc. My schedule has filled up with teaching Bible and English classes as well as making new contacts with some of the ladies’ at the gym that I attend.
We have had 2 typhoons in the last two weeks. One brought flooding to our city, but things seem to be returning to normal for most. Continue to pray for those in the tsunami area. Many have lost everything. Children have lost both parents. Lives have been altered forever. Pray that the Lord will use this to draw many to Him.
I will be having minor surgery here on October 13th. If I were stateside, it would be outpatient surgery. In Japan, I will be in the hospital for 4 days. I really like my doctor and the staff at the hospital has gone the extra mile for me. I am not concerned about the surgery, but I am a little concerned about being in the hospital for 4 days with my limited Japanese. Please pray that the Lord will help me to communicate or send some staff my way that speaks English.
Something to think about:
“The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.” ~Psalm 9:9-10
- Pray that the Lord will continue to provide during this time of economic struggle. The yen/dollar exchange is not good for us right now. I read an article sharing the concern that the Japanese government has over the strong yen. They believe it is going to hurt their economy as many companies will relocate to cheaper areas of the world.
- Pray as we move into the busy Christmas ministry season. We have a lot of plans in the works and are praying for many visitors to come and hear about the true meaning of Christmas.