Spring 2021 Update

Spring 2021 Update

Hey, everyone! Hope this update finds you in health and happiness despite the continuing pandemic. This very may well have been our longest period without an update, because well..., we've been super busy! (Happy Easter!) A few numbers to describe our current life... Days lived in Japan: 570ish Number of trains boarded since the last blog update: 800+ Days a week in language school: 6 Number of vocab flashcards I'm supposed to do today: 5601 (estimated 14 hours 42 min) Total hours in Japanese class: ~1300 and counting Height of the stack of completed homework papers on my desk:20.5cm / 8 inches Though we spend a lot of time studying, we've been up to a few other things as well... I spoke at the YMCA's winter graduation, sharing the meaning of Christmas in Japanese. We've made, and sadly, said goodbye to many new friends. We taught, in Japanese, at a Japanese elementary school. Hosted a number of get togethers with classmates and friends (this was Christmas!) And lately, have been enjoying the...
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The newest Iris missionaries

The newest Iris missionaries

Danielle and I are thrilled to share that as of April,... we're officially Missionaries with Iris Global! What this means to us For us, joining Iris Global represents joining our family and friends in the pursuit, and ministry of, Jesus across the world. As we've watched the Lord connect-the-dots over the years, we believe this to be part of a divine strategy unfolding before us, directly impacting what we do here in Japan. We're looking forward to building relationships with and learning from the wonderful people that make up the organization. Iris Global's Core Values I've never connected with a set of core values more so. 1. We understand that we can find God, and can experience intimacy, communication and companionship with Him in His Presence, if we share His love for righteousness.2. We are totally dependent on Him for everything, and we need and expect miracles of all kinds to sustain us and confirm the Gospel in our ministry.3. We look for revival among the broken,...
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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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