Ready, or not, here I come (mar 22, 2010)

We just finished a three-day holiday weekend here in Japan. The nation celebrates the spring equinox every year on March 21. Since this year the twenty-first fell on a Sunday, today was declared a national holiday. Lots of young couples choose this weekend to be married, like Andrea and I did 34 years ago in Seattle. I had […]

Cleaning up the messes (aug 31, 2009)

Weapons — “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17 I love this picture . . . and it’s framed perfectly before one’s eyes every time people enter the kitchen at Cordova, Alaska’s Little Chapel. Notice that not one of these knives is […]

Presence of God, everyday (jul 14, 2009)

Yesterday we drove to Fukuoka City (in the olden days this major metropolis was called Hakata) to see a seven-artisan joint stained glass exhibit. As we were about to leave the exhibit on the 8th floor, someone told us that the street was lined with people getting ready for the race-parade of floats that are […]

A drop in the bucket of God’s plans (may 11, 2009)

Sunday, May 10, 2009, was a powerful day at Munakata Bethel Christian Center here in Japan. We celebrated our 2nd Annual Praise Festival in the afternoon with people from eight or nine different churches around Fukuoka Prefecture. Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth were represented by people from USA, New Zealand, Gurkistan, Zambia, Tanzania, […]

Wiggle your tail, head upstream (mar 28, 2009)

Have you ever gone for a drive and come around a corner to be astounded by an awesome sight? That’s what happened early last week. We rounded a corner and this field of rape flowers with a backdrop of an azure-blue sky, green trees, white clouds and a strong invisible wind greeted us. After suddenly stopping the […]

Plastic police protection (mar 20, 2009)

Police protection ⎯ Today is officially the first day of spring, and a national holiday here in Japan. People will be taking advantage of the three-day weekend to go and view the cherry blossoms. They will travel to near and faraway places with their families, picnic baskets, cameras and probably even pets to sit beneath the awesome, flowering trees that are […]

Weekend Greetings (mar 11, 2009)

Made In Japan ⎯ Meet Yosuke-kun, born last Monday, 3/9/2009. In Japanese 3 (for March) is pronounced “san,” and 9 (for the 9th) is pronounced “kyu.” Put them together and we get “san-kyu,” which, when spoken, sounds like the English phrase “thank-you!”  The Japanese word “kun” is a familiar suffix added to a boy’s name. The English equivalent means “master.” About two years […]

Weekend Greetings (feb 26, 2009)

SMILE! It’s a muscle builder! “The joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 This calligraphy card was written by Eiko Kimura of Kumamoto, Japan. The doll? It’s an original hand-made creation by Ruth McGibboney, a co-worker and friend of Nils’ mother, almost thirty years ago.  We call this little guy by the name of Mad Manny, and he always brings us […]

Enemies try stealing our liberty (dec 31, 2008)

Meet Grandpa Clarey. Clarey and his wife, Hiroe, have been surrogate grandparents (on Nils’ side of the family) here in Japan for our children, Lisa, Mark and Caroline. Lisa is here with us for the year-end holidays (holy days), so we decided to take a drive up to see Grandpa Clarey. We were welcomed and […]

Weekend Greetings (nov 7, 2008)

Meet Mao Nakamoto, 35, of Fukuoka City, Japan. Mao is a floor rep at this wholesale fashion shop in Fukuoka’s Tenjin Ward. In Japan, the name “Mao” is quite unusual and rarely heard. When he told me his name, I asked him if it had anything to do with Mao Tse-tung, the chairman of the Chinese […]