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 you would like to give to that end, you can do so here. But for the next month and a half or so we will continue to work with our team and Den-En Grace Chapel, both of which have been a source of encouragement and fellowship during this year full of uncertainties. We will definitely miss co-workers and church friends, so it is nice spending Christmas with this family that, though we won’t be seeing as often in the coming months, we will forever be brothers (and sisters) in Christ.
Today I got out and passed out some flyers, which is something that I’ve always enjoyed doing. When I was a kid my dad was a realtor, so we sometimes helped him do that, then later for the church, and now in missions. At least it’s not snowing while I pass out the flyers like it did when I used to pass out flyers in Iwate!
Also, I was blessed to preach on the first Sunday of Advent, having been assigned Isaiah 9:1-7, and the candle of hope. It’s always a joy to study the passages I get to preach on, because there’s so much that I don’t know without researching. For example, the ‘wonderful’ in ‘wonderful counselor’ refers to the supernatural. Pretty cool when looking at how Jesus used supernatural means to call people to himself, like the Samaritan woman at the well. Good stuff. Anyway, Merry Christmas to all of you who read this, Your prayers are highly appreciated for us as we desire to share Christ with those around us here in Japan. God bless!