Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

December 31, 2012

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  Michael had an opportunity to preach at our church on the 23rd.  It was a blessing for him to share the joy and hope of Christmas with everyone there.  God blessed our Christmas Eve service with many people who came to church for the first time.  We pray His messaged touched their heart.

Luke was thrilled to see all the gifts from Santa, family, and friends. We are so thankful for all the friends from all over the world who sent us Christmas cards, gifts, and email/text/Facebook messages!  Thank you for making our Christmas extra special!

On Christmas day, we invited some of our non-Christian friends to our house.  We were able to share the true meaning of Christmas as we looked at the nativity set.  Several of them told us that they had never heard the story.  The truth is that there are so many Japanese people who have never heard what Christmas means.  That is the reason God sent us here and we are so thankful He did.  Thank you for partnering with us as we share the hope we have in Him!

God has blessed us so much this year and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for us this coming year.  We pray you have a blessed new year!  May God continue to bless you and your family richly.

Reading the Christmas story at the Kids English Class Christmas Party.

Santa came!

Merry Christmas from our church family in Japan!

Have a happy new year!

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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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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from three of us!  As we reflect on the past year, we have so many things to be thankful for and we thank God for everything He has done for us.  We are also thankful for each of you!  May God fill your heart with His joy this Thanksgiving and always!

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Farewell Parties

November 30, 2010

As we prepared to move to Japan, so many people prayed for us and encouraged us.  We are blessed to have many family members and friends who love us and care for us.  Some of our close friends hosted farewell parties for us, and we had such a special time together.  We will miss them so much!  We thank God for all our families and friends. 

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