Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. Luke 14:23
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Preaching at Otawara Christ Church

A few weeks ago we were told about a church a few hours north of here (a little less than halfway to our old home in Iwate Prefecture) where one of the pastors in our association has planted two churches in addition to the church he has been pastoring. This makes for a very busy…

Kawasaki Town

Kawasaki City is long and skinny. It takes over an hour to drive through from top to bottom, but less than 10 minutes to go across in the part where we live. Our slices of Kawasaki are Takatsu and Mizonokuchi, Den-en Grace Chapel is between those two train stations.

Sundays at Denen Grace Chapel

Den-en Grace Chapel, the mother church of our upcoming church plants on the Cross Project, meets every Sunday morning near Mizonokuchi station in Kawasaki. Below you’ll see some scenes from a typical Sunday morning, where we meet in the basement of a concert hall/souvenir and gift shop. We have regular worship and I (Jon) usually…

Summer Festival

In August we had our Summer Kid’s program, which seems to have been an under the sea theme. The decor coordinator did a great job, and even Aki and Leon had a good time painting balloons to look like fish for decorations (some of the fish happened to look like pirate fish, which isn’t a…

Summer Visits

I thought I posted awhile back, but it was stuck in a draft folder, so forgive me for the long break in posts. Summer came! And then left! Today was the first time I was outside in months where I felt cool, it was very nice. Summers here are much more muggy than California, and…

Ecclesiastes and why everything matters

Apologies for the long absence. Here’s a quick recap: We made it to Japan in March, stayed a month in a monthly apartment, became acquainted with many local doctors and pediatricians. Cancelled a trip to Tohoku due to sick kids. Moved into parsonage above church meeting space. Met people at Den-En Grace Chapel (mother church),…