The call to 日本 (Japan)

The call to 日本 (Japan)

If you know Danielle or me even a little, you've probably heard us talk about Japan. Well, the season is quickly approaching! Our Seattle apartment is a testament to that! As of last week, we've officially started packing boxes to be shipped to our new home: Osaka, Japan. Why Japan? That answer has been brewing for a number of years, starting back in the early 2000s. Ever since I encountered the Holy Spirit I have always felt a call to Asia. The thought never felt foreign or forced, but instead, entirely natural. It was as if this call was implanted within my core at the moment of my first "yes" to the Lord. Perhaps due to my relatively minimal exposure to missions, or simple naivety in my young age, I had always operated out of an assumption that my call to Asia was a call to China. I had heard of the underground churches in China and was inspired by...
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Our first month in Japan

Our first month in Japan

Well, that went by quick! I've almost been in Japan for an entire month. I'm happy to say that so far, things are going really well. Danielle arrived 10 days ago, and we've been having fun exploring our new home everyday since. I'm home! My first meal, ramen! Mission complete. Good news! We found a place to live! Danielle, Ruke (our cat who joined us in Japan), and I move in to our new home in one week! We came into this situation knowing we would need a miracle, and we got one. The deck was stacked against us: foreign students with a cat. We were told before-hand that being a foreigner alone cuts down possible rentals to a mere 5%. A pet friendly place, especially for cats, are extremely difficult to find on top of that. But not only did we find a place, we had a bonus "wish-list" of items and got everything on that list and more! Even funny, but specific...
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37 hours

37 hours

In just thirty-seven hours, I'm taking off on a one way flight to Osaka, Japan. When to return? Who knows! My first mission upon arrival: eat some delicious ramen! My second, and arguably more important mission: Find a home for Danielle and I! Totally not joking... Can't wait to get my hands on some real ramen. I feel like an adventurer of old; going off to a new world, establishing a home for my wife (and cats). And like every good adventure, obstacles to overcome! My jungle to tame is concrete, and the bear to wrestle, bureaucracy. (Admittedly, mine is a very modern, first-world adventure.) ( codyanddanielle.org and affiliates do not participate in, or support boxing or wrestling with bears ) I love adventure: new places, experiences, and stories. Despite that, one could easily get overwhelmed by everything going on, needs to be done, or could go wrong. For that reason, we've been pro-active with our anti-worrying. Philippians 4:6-7 has been our verse...
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The language of the Spirit

The language of the Spirit

Danielle and I are nearing the end of our time on sabbatical and so far, it's been great. We're feeling full of hope, love, and joy. Every week is full of connection with old and new friends, and lots of time with family. Even our physical fitness is probably the best it's ever been. During all of this, the Lord has been surrounding us with confirmation. "Unusual coincidence is the language of the Spirit," is how I believe Pastor Bill Johnson put it the other day, while ministering to the crowd gathered one evening at Bethel church. Bill had just called out a fairly unique word of knowledge. (A spiritual gift, often associated with the prophetic, where one has suddenly been given knowledge of something that hadn't known of previously. In this case, the awareness of a certain physical ailment one was suffering from in the room. See 1 Corinthians 12:8 for mention of the gift.) Three ladies responded to this...
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