For the first full day the students headed to House of Hope. House of Hope houses men and women with disabilities both physical and mentally. The bible college students were able to minister by providing labor on the farm and music in the assemble hall. What fun. Here is my Dad along with the Torres boys.
All the students from Okinawa has arrived safe and sound. Along with the group came my Dad and also Anna Hebel. The group came to the college to drop off their bags and now they are off to Korea, including me.
Today was Japan's holiday, "Sports Day". With that said, the bible college students and some people from CC Fuchu went out to the infamous "Sushi-Ro". This is the best sushi go round in Fuchu. Always fresh. It was a fund day.
When I returned from Sapporo, Momoko (Center,Left) came with me to visit the Bible College. Her time was short but God spoke to her on many key things. Please pray for Momoko as she has a desire to attend CCBC Japan.
Pastor Steve is know for his amazing homemade bread. Me and my dad were hopig tht we would be able to eat some in our time with him. Sure enough, we did. The bread was out of this world. The best bread I have eaten. Homemade bread cannot be compared.
It was awesome to see Simon Watanabe. I first met Simon in Okinawa where he attended Youturn for Christ. Now God is using him mightily. Simon is now apart of the "Franklin Graham Evangelical Committee" helping get the Crusade in Hokkaido ready. What an honor it was to have Simon help translate for me on Wednesday night.
I was blessed to be able to participate at CC Golgotha's midweek Bible study. There were many people that attended. It was a blessing as my Dad led worship and I encouraged the body to have humility like John the Baptist.
Me and my Father have come to Sapporo, Hokkaido to visit Pastor Steve and the body at CC Golgotha. The view is beautiful from Pastor Steve's house. The weather is cool. I enjoy it but my Father is freezing. Too much Okinawa heat.
Jessie's time in Tokyo has come to an end. Please continue to pray for Jesse as he has now headed down to Okinawa to teach middle schoolers at Okinawa Christian School International for the next 2 years.
It was a blessing to have Jesse stay at the college campus and also help at CC Fuchu.
With the College now in Summer break, majority of the interns at the school have went to travel or visit family. Rie has returned back to Okinawa and Naoko has also recently returned to Okinawa to host a purity conference for young ladies. Me and Jesse are still in Tokyo helping at WeGoEigo but I am alone as Jesse works in the morning.
Yet, I am able to join in via FaceTime with those in Okinawa for morning devotions. Technology does not leave you totally alone!
I've been a week back in Japan and it is good to be home. After getting organized back into home those still living at the bible college went out for dinner. Please continue to pray for those still at the school: Jesse Spencer, Justin, Rie and Naoko, that they will go where God directs them.
At Harajuku, there can be many interesting things to see. Some good and some weird. Here are a group of Japanese girls wearing "Lolita Fashion". The students couldn't resist to take a picture with them.
Michal's trip to Toki has come at an end. She originally came up with the group from Okinawa to help me with the trip to Korea. Tonight, she is heading to Narita airport to meet up with my Dad who came back from California. They will stay the night and then head to Okinawa tomorrow morning. I was glad she came to visit, especially to catch the Cherry blossoms in full bloom. She is getting older, already she is a Junior in high School. Time flies.
This is a great group photo for the Spring semester. This is a great group, all are willing to serve Jesus first and place themselves last. Please continue to pray for them as the second half of the semester now begins.
The weather has been warming up and the cherry blossoms are now in full bloom. Today was too good to pass up, Brandon was able to share his testimony with the students at the park and afterwards look and take pictures of the tree. It was a great day.
Sunday was the group's last time to spend with Daniel and Nae-Young in Korea. It was fun to spend what time we had with them. Please continue to life up both Daniel and Nae-Young as they serve The Lord. Until next time Daniel.
Our trip in Korea was great. But like all trips, there comes an ending point. The girls really enjoyed their trip to Daejeon and netting the body. They also enjoyed the shopping. Paige went all out with no regrets left in her heart.
Always a pleasure to see and to hang out with Daniel. Time has flown, last time I saw Daniel it was in California. Here in the picture we went to a coffee shop, the barista made a great caramel Machiatto.
I always make sure the students get to eat certain Korean dishes that is a national staple. Here, they are eating "Dak-Albi", this is a spicy dish with chicken and other fear stuff inside. Near the end the waitress brings rice and puts it inside with the food. Two meals in one. Chow!
This statue always blows my mind. It is amazing what the human hands are capable of creating. I also like going to the Lincoln memorial in Washington DC.
The statue in the picture is to remember the unity the Korean people brought despite hardship.
Back in WWII, Japan occupied the entire country of Korea. From the early 1900's to 1945, Japan ruled Korea with an iron fist and demanded Korea be subjected to the Japanese language and culture. This Hall is commemorated to remember the struggle the Korean people endured to keep their identity and their freedom against the Japanese occupancy.
Buddhism is a major religion in Korea but we did not come to see only the statue. As Christians, we know who is the real, true God. Who was manifested in flesh, who died on the cross and was raised three days later. The students are pointing up to the sky to represent Jesus. As He ascended into Heaven He will come down so, in like manner. Until He comes!
Our trip over to Korea was smooth and sound. Pastor Mike took us to a couple of good tourist sites. The first, the group went up to see the largest bronze statue of buddha. Before we went to see, we had to go up the stairs. It was a good walk, everyone was tired at the end.
The cherry blossoms are almost in full bloom. Walking to catch our bus to the airport we passed by a street full of cherry blossom trees. Soon, the trees will be in full bloom and there is no other experience in the world compared to mainland Japan cherry blossoms. They are beautiful.
The students arrived from Okinawa and now it is time for the girls to pack up and leave to Korea for the weekend. I give my respect to the girls because they turned on a dime and did not complain. All of the girls will be visiting Korea for the first time and they're all excited to see Korea, eat the food and to go shopping. Watch out girls, money doesn't last too long on a spending spree.
The students have made it safely over to Tokyo from Okinawa. There are a total of 10 students plus my sister Michal who is visiting for a couple weeks. These guys are troopers. They arrived at Narita airport late Tuesday night and had to stay the night until the buses began running. I give all these guys respect.
As Winter is leaving, the cool breeze of Spring is coming forward. Springtime is one of the most beautiful times in Japan. Partly because of the beautiful flowers that blossom. Many tourists wait anxiously for the first signs of bloom for the cherry blossoms in Japan.
Here is a Plum blossom, not the same as a cherry blossom but still gorgeous. Spring time is beautiful indeed.