Trip to America

February 4, 2012

Hello from Sendai! It’s snowing outside and we are stuck in the house! It gives me a chance to update our blog!!!

We had an opportunity to go back to America in November.  The main reason for our trip home was to take care of my visa, but we were blessed by so many people who took time to see us, to feed us, to give us a chance to share about our ministry, and to encourage us!

As always, I took SO many photos.  I am sad that I won’t be able to share all of them, but here are some of our favorites!


We stopped in California on our way to Texas.  We stayed with our friend from college and we had fun catching up!  Luke had a great time with her kids!










Luke had the BEST time at this play area.  Don’t you love his smile?










We stayed with the Turner family for the first few nights in Texas.  Cheryl has served as our lead advocate last year.  We love them and thank God for their love for us!










Our friend, Charlie, who let us borrow the NEW car while we were in Texas.  He is such a generous man!  His company donated money for the disaster areas as well!










With our dear friends and their boys!  It was great to worship with our FBCA family!










We were able to share about our ministry in several Sunday School classes.










Sharing with the Panorama group.  We went through a weekly missions training with them for over two years and we all became close friends.










Can’t believe we are all parents!










We were invited to speak to the children who were learning about the missions.  They were precious!










Luke learned to WALK!












He loved playing with Great grandpa Woods!










Dinner with Yu’s former co-workers and Japanese students.










Luke got to meet his cousin, Carmen and Uncle John!










Visiting friends at DBU!










Fun night with the Steiger family and our new Japanese friends! Can’t wait to see them again in Sendai!!!










Luke had a play date with his new girl friend, Molly!  Her mommy is a good friend of mine from college!










Aunt Cathie and her kids took care of Luke while mommy and daddy went on a date!  What a sweet way to bless us!!!










Thank you for spoiling us!  We love you!












We went to the ICE show at Gaylord Texan with Mimi.  We had a great time!










Jennifer’s 80s themed 30th birthday party!










Luke had an early 1st birthday party!










WE LOVE YOU, LUKE KAI!  You have brought so much joy into our lives!










We stopped in Honolulu on our way to Japan!  We were invited to speak at one of the churches that had sent a mission team to Sendai last year.  Thank you, Olivet Baptist Church for having us!










Luke loved playing on the beach!












He just sat there and looked at the ocean for a while.  Loves beaches like his mommy!












On Wednesday, we attended the Japanese Bible Study and shared about our disaster relief work.  We had a blessed time of fellowship!










Amazed by God’s beautiful creation!










We had lunch with some of the team members (and their families) that had come to Sendai in October.  It was fun to see them again!










So thankful for some “family time” to rest and relax!










God blessed our trip in many ways!  From the cheap plane tickets (thanks to our friend who works for Delta) to all the places to stay for free, and more than anything, all our precious friends and families made our time extra special!

We love you and miss you all so much!  Now it’s YOUR turn to come visit us!

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Being in America!?!

October 27, 2011

A few weeks ago, some of our church members and our family went to Misawa in Aomori prefecture.  It’s about 4 hours north of Sendai and Misawa is famous for the US Air Force base.  I remember going there to see the air show with my family when I was little and I always felt like I was in another country since there were so many Americans.

This time, we went there for the Tohoku (northern Japan is called “Tohoku area”) Baptist Union’s annual meeting.  We thought it would be a great chance to get to know people from other churches and to find ways to partner with other Christians to reach out to the lost.

When we got there, we were welcomed by the members of Misawa Calvary Church.  This church was established to minister to the people in the Air Force and their families but they also have some Japanese believers.  It was such a blessing to meet all of them!

During the opening worship service, I had a chance to play the piano which gave me so much joy.  The pastor shared how important it is to work together for the Kingdom of God.  During the Tohoku Baptist Men/Women meeting, we all shared how each church had been helping with disaster relief efforts.  It was encouraging to know that they are all working so hard to help those in need, but it was heartbreaking to hear about what the kids in Fukushima had been going through after the power plant’s explosion in March. Since radiation levels are still high in many areas, they can’t play outside.  Many kids are wearing a mask to cover their mouth.  Teachers and parents have been cleaning the schools and parks so that the radiation level would go down.  Everyone is tired emotionally and physically.  We asked them how we can pray and the first thing they said was to pray for people who live there.  Pray for their physical and emotional health.  Also, pray that the Japanese government would make the right decisions to help and protect those who are suffering.

They also asked for toys, games, DVDs, and books for the kids.  Since they can’t play outside, these items will make the kids smile and help their parents.  We will be spending some of the money many of you have donated to send some of these items to one of the churches in Fukushima.  We have already sent them some children’s clothes that were sent by our sending church, and they really appreciated them.  Thank you all for your prayers and support!!! You are touching so many lives!

Throughout the day, we met many wonderful believers and it was encouraging to see them being excited about partnering together.  We have been building a relationship with the pastor and his family in Sakata city and we will be visiting them and leading the children’s program on Saturday.  Michael was also asked to preach this coming Sunday.   Please pray for a blessed time of fellowship.

Here are some pictures from our trip to Misawa:










The sanctuary was full of people!










These ladies cooked a delicious American meal. Michael said it felt like being in American to see the American sized oven and fridge!










Loved getting to know so many people!










I helped the children’s program.  One of the American girls taught them how to decorate a cupcake!










They all look happy!!! The cupcakes were yummy! One of the kids said his cupcake tasted like “America”.  We all laughed!










Kids (and one of the moms) from the church in Fukushima.  They are so precious! They were super excited to be able to play outside.










Another blessing for me was meeting these ladies.  After the opening worship service, one of these ladies asked if I was my mom’s daughter since I looked like her.  When I said yes, they all started telling me all the special memories of my grandmother and my mom and how much they had meant to them. I found out that my grandmother was a member of their church over 30 years ago and they all enjoyed the Christian fellowship together.  One of the ladies said when she lost her son, my grandmother just sat and cried with her.  She said that meant more than any other encouraging words that she had received.  Another lady told me that my mom had written her so many letters when their church was going through a difficult time.  They all had tears in their eyes.  This was truly a gift from God and I thank God for faithful Christians like my grandma and my mom.












The youth worship band led music during the closing worship service.  We had missed singing English praise songs so it was awesome to worship with them in English.  It seemed like many of the older Japanese Christians enjoyed singing (and listening) together!  What a blessing it is to worship together no matter what our race, language, and backgrounds are!

Overall, it was such an amazing day.  We enjoyed the fellowship with other believers and we came home being encouraged to go out and reach out to others in our community.  It was also a special time for our family to experience a “little America” since we had been missing our friends and family back home!  We love you and miss you lots!

Please pray for us as we go to Sakata this weekend.  Pray many kids will come to the program on Saturday and God will speak to many hearts through Michael’s message on Sunday.  Thank you!!!


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