Monthly Archives: October 2014

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All I ask is that you think about it, discuss and consider this request.

I have been a Type 1 diabetic since age six, over 60 years now. I’ve been using the insulin pump for the past 12 years. This fundraiser is for accruing funds in order to cover the cost of monthly diabetic and heart medications, insulin pump supplies and doctor visits for the next two years.

Being missionaries in Japan for the past 36 years, our monthly income is not a guaranteed amount and varies from month-to-month. We never know exactly how much we will be receiving. So, when a monthly doctor visit, medications and insulin pump supplies come up, most always there is not enough to cover the cost.

I’ve been using left-over funds from donations that were made almost two years ago when people offered donations to provide me a new insulin pump. Those funds are almost depleted.

I would encourage any Type 1 diabetic who is not currently using insulin pump therapy to consider contacting your doctor(s) and asking about it. It can change your health dramatically like it has mine.

The Lord bless you as you consider this fund raising request. ―nils

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bokudencollageI went to a calligraphic-art exhibit yesterday at the Oishi Gallery in the Shin Ten Cho shopping area of downtown Fukuoka City in Tenjin. Master calligrapher Bokuden MATSUDA was exhibiting various forms of his students’ artwork.

The title of this artwork by Taniguchi-san is 「輝」(kagayaki), meaning radiance, brilliance, glitter. When I saw it, I smiled and immediately thought of Creation in Genesis 1:2-3 where it states ―

kagayaki谷口“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’: and there was light.”

Yes, even inspired art can make the Word of God come alive!

When you stop to view art, don’t just blink and go to the next one hanging on the wall. Use your imagination. Take a look at 「TKS25」by Tan-san.

I stared and stared at this one and saw a husband walking with his pregnant wife on his right side and his two other children on his left. I wondered if that was the 5 in the title. Then I stretched my imagination a bit more.


I saw the same expectant couple rejoicing together next to their melon-filled shopping cart as they come upon some cute baby clothes at their local COSTCO on sale.

I’ve found the older I get the more I appreciate art.