Me in front of the beautiful cherry blossoms near the Nagoya Castle
With Yasuyo (the administrative assistant at Christ Bible Seminary)
It’s Sunday afternoon and I just returned home from attending church. I went to Nisshin Church which is in the same building as the seminary. The church was literally packed with people today! Members of the church had just returned from a misisons trip to the Philippines and they were VERY excited to share about their work in a church there and at an orphanage. The church is a mixture of Americans, Japanese, and other foreigners. I got to meet other members of the Mission to the World team (the Newsomes, Mary Bell, Linda Wixon, and others) as well as Christian teachers who work at ICAN -The International Christian Academy of Nagoya. The school is located across the street from my apartment building so I will be living near many American Christian teachers. I even met a lovely Christian lady from Uruguay so I will be able to speak Spanish with her. I also chatted with some Japanese believers as well as a Korean lady and her daughter who grew up in Japan. I am thankful that it seems I’ll be able to make lots of new friends here both Japanese, Korean, American, and other nationalities!
I will actually be working at and attending another church called the Green Chapel where Pastor Aoki is the pastor. I believe I will teaching an English class once a week there for preschoolers so I will have a chance to interact with mothers and children at that time. That church is very, very small (typical in Japan) so I am thankful to be able to serve there and help the Aoki family.
Yesterday I went to the Nagoya castle with my friend from New Jersey, Joe Copsetta, and an administrative assistant at the seminary, Yasuyo. We also went to a baseball game but I was totally wiped out and fell asleep for two innings. Last night I slept for 10 1/2 hours so I hope theworst of the jet lag is behind me! I am really excited to see how the Lord will use me here to serve the Japanese believers and non-Christians in my life.
view of Nagoya from atop the castle
Like I’ve said in an earlier post, I like strange Japanese-English like this…the monkey one made me laugh so hard!
Video links (I am having trouble getting these to upload from You Tube so just click on the links:
Dragons versus the Sparrow (yes there’s a baseball team called the Sparrows) at the Nagoya Dome – it was indoor!
With Joe and Yasuyo at the Nagoya Castle