A season’s end

A season’s end

Our pile of boxes grew quickly and then disappeared all at once. Just this morning a crew from Yamato shipping came and took away all of our things, minus a few bags of clothes and other essentials. All packed, ready to be sent to Japan And then it was all gone! It's a bit surreal to have the majority of our possessions officially en route to a foreign country for which we do not even have our visas yet! Boxes weren't the only thing to have left recently. This past week we had the whole gang here! A big "thanks" to all the friends and family who came out to celebrate Danielle's graduation from The University of Washington with us (Danielle will share more on that later!). We had a ton of fun with everyone and felt extremely loved by your support. Boating on South Lake Union in Seattle And finally, we bid farewell to one of our cats just yesterday. With the restrictions we're facing...
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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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The right to bear faith: Our self-defense

The right to bear faith: Our self-defense

Just days ago, Danielle and I returned home to find thousands marching down the streets of Seattle in response to recent mass shootings Turn on the T.V., check the news, read online forums or social media: you'll find no shortage of debate on gun control, vastly opposed opinions, pushes for legislation, adamant defense of rights and beliefs, and of course, the tragic stories of the victims of these horrendous acts which we all wish to prevent. Yet, at the heart of every argument, I believe there to be a common goal: We want to be safe. In 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed a document titled the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" (UDHR). The 3rd article of the UDHR states, "Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the security of person." Recognized at this level as a basic human right, it's no wonder the topic is so passionately debated. Restoring our security I've found that as the preservation of our...
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