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Hope for Japan

Posted: August 14th, 2014

August 11, 2014

We were blessed to host a team from our sending church, First Baptist Church Arlington.  They came to help with our VBS at Taitomi Church and Sakata Mission Church.  It was their second time to come to Japan and we were excited that they wanted to come back.  Mary, Martha, and Kristen were so much fun to have around on both trips.  They are teachers by profession and it shows because they have connected with the kids so well.  The team also went with us to Sakata to encourage the pastor’s family and also to minister to children in the community.  It was the first time that they met Susanne who was already hard at work helping the Fujii family.  One of the most touching moments was when we arrived in Sakata.  When class started the kids sang the welcome song that Kirsten taught them two years ago.  It was awesome to hear them singing in English to the team.  It was great to see so many friendships rekindled throughout the two weeks this team served with us in Japan.  As we drove to the train station to send the team off I asked them what was one thing they would remember most about this trip.  Kristen was so impressed with the patience of the Christians here who minister in a very difficult religious setting.  Mary and Martha both agreed what a blessing it was to see the kids again and to share God’s love with them.  Please pray that the Spirit will continue to work on the hearts of everyone they met.  This was truly an encouraging group of ladies.  Thank you as always Mary, Martha, and Kristen, for being here. We look forward to serving with you again.  And thank you to FBCA and to their families for allowing them to be serve.

They prepared for many fun activities.  They prepared for many fun activities.
Kids had so much fun!
Kids had so much fun!

They were so proud!

They were so proud!

They learned many Bible songs.

They learned many Bible songs. 

These kids loved the special gift from Texas!

These kids loved the special gift from Texas!

Visiting the Christian kindergarten in Sakata.

Visiting the Christian kindergarten in Sakata.

Loved spending time with the Fujii family and the church members.

Loved spending time with the Fujii family and the church members.