Thursday, March 28, 2013

Saying goodbye to Michal.

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.

Great group, great picture.

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.

Devotional at the park.

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.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Saying goodbye to the Sedotas

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.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Heading back to Japan.

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.

Hiking up the mountain.

The hike was not that bad but the heights we were up in we're amazing. It amazes me how splendid a mountain can be.

Sunday at CC Daejeon.

It was good to fellowship with the body at Daejeon. Nice to see old faces and new faces. Here is Pastor Mike teaching with his wife translating the message into Korean.

Going climbing.

Pastor Mike took the college group to climb Mt. Daedunsan. As the picture shows it is quite a steep climb. Glad that we get to take half the way up in a box car.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fellowshipping with the Sedota boy.

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.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Eating, Korean style.

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!

Incredible statue.

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.

Independence Hall.

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.

The real God.

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!

Arrived in Korea.

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.

Cherry blossoms soon to come.

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.

Arrived and now it's time to leave.

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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

They have arrived!

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.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Spring approaching.

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.

Cooking like my Grampa.

With all the cooking Naoko has been doing I decided to get in the mix also. For quite some time I have been wanting to make Mexican styled pickled carrots. These carrots are placed in vinegar and jalapeƱos juice. Before I made it, I called my Grampa so see how to make it. After being explained to me clearly I went and did the job. The first batch was a success. As Jesse shows, he loves the carrots also.

Cooking new things at CCBC Tokyo.

Things have been turning up in the kitchen at the Bible College. As majority of the students are not in Tokyo yet Naoko has been cooking new things.
The first picture, Naoko made Okinawan style miso. This is sweet and salty with onion and pork inside. With the sweet miso you eat it with rice. Also, Naoko made Omu-Rice. Basically it is fried rice with an egg laid over the bed of rice. All of this food has been great. The third picture is a quick substitute for Spanish rice. Rice with cilantro in it. Jesse has been loving all the different goods to eat.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Brother Toshiya.

Toshiya is a new students at CCBC:Japan. Toshiya comes from Tokyo, he attends CC West Tokyo who's pastor is Santou. Toshiya has come to Okinawa many times and now, he is living in Okinawa while studying Gods Word. God is doing a great work in his life. Exciting to see the work of God within a persons life.

Celebrating with Pastor Rob Wunderlich.

It is a great honor to have known Rob Wunderlich for over 10 years but it is even a greater honor in being able to celebrate in him being recognized as a pastor. Who knew that the blonde haired, ruddy face surfer whom I first met would have a heart for people and a passion to serve God. The heart of a pastor was always in Rob and now, after much faithful serving to the body in Ginowan his calling has been confirmed. Men are not ordained as pastor because if their faithful serving, the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable. Men are ordained for the confirmation of the calling God has for them.

Baked bread is the best.

Last Summer my Dad went up to Hokkaido to visit Pastor Steve and the church body. During his stay, Pastor Steve got my Dad hooked on baking bread, the method that was shown was easy to make. No problem at all, any person could bake this bread. It worked, my Dad was sold and has continually baked bread ever since. Fresh baked bread is the best. Throw on some soft butter and it is set!

Weekend in Okinawa.

I am able to come for the weekend to see my family, friends and to celebrate Rob Wunderlich's ordination. Here's Asa. He's happy that I came to stay with him. Also, because I let him borrow my video games.