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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Christmas in Kawasaki

Christmas is just a few weeks away, and I’m happy to be spending it here in Kawasaki. As many of you know at this point, we will be leaving Kawasaki soon to change schools after a difficult experience for one of our kids in the local elementary school. We are raising funds to cover moving expenses, and still need about $4000, if…

A Door closed, another opening

(from our e-newsletter on Nov. 25) This has been a different kind of year for us. We returned to Japan in March, eager to begin work on the Cross Project, a team of missionaries working on multiple church plants near each other while serving the mother church as well. After 5 years working as independent…

Hurricanes 15 and 19

I still remember when I first heard about the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan in 2011 I was driving home after closing up a Chipotle restaurant and the conspiracy theory (guilty pleasure) radio show was reporting on actual news, that a huge earthquake had hit Japan, and a tsunami had also caused much…

Memorial service for Chuck Corwin

Recently I was able to attend a memorial service for a missionary who had a big impact wherever he went. Chuck and Eloise Corwin served in Japan many years, with their greatest impact coming in the form of Tyrranus Hall, a dormitory and mentor program for Christian college and seminary students in the Tokyo area.…

Church Fall Picnic

A few Sundays ago, instead of meeting in the basement of the performance center and specialty gifts store as usual, Den-En Grace Chapel met at Kinuta park, for our annual outdoor church service and picnic. With great weather, there were lots of curious people sharing the park with us, and I think the impression was…

Hiking Group

One of the things we try to do as missionaries in Japan is create community, and help people feel at home in church. Sometimes, especially with the severe shortage of pastors, and among them the shortage of adequate salaries, the emphasis in serving at church compared to enjoying church life together, can be out of…