Monday, March 30, 2009

Open House

It's been 3 weeks since Josh and I moved into our new place. Because of our busy schedules and such, it's been hard to have people over. But we threw caution to the wind and invited the whole church over on Sunday after morning service. I figured 20-25 people would show up. Oops! More like 40 or so! It was amazing. Josh did most of the preparation work, as we frantically put everything in its place (or out of sight) and shopped for things we needed and prepared food. The menu: curry and taco rice. I heard a lot of positive reviews, so I guess we did something right! My highlights were hearing Pastor Tim's roaring laughter while they watched Open Season 2, serving ice cream (not quite Baskin Robbins, but we did have 4 flavours and 2 types of cones), and spending the afternoon talking with my "Okinawan mother." Thank you everyone for coming over and breaking in the "House of Frugality"! And thank you, Lord, for providing a place, the means to host people, the ability to cook, and most of all, for Your love and Your family in Christ!


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm in! やった!

Check it out, folks. You are now reading the blog of Anaheim University's newest graduate student! I'm so excited about this... pray that I will make it through and that God would guide my steps as I further my education.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gotta love Okisho...

Though this is a school day, our school has canceled classes for 3rd and 4th periods so that everyone can watch the World Baseball Classic Finals together. We're all about building national pride... GO JAPAN!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Anticipate This!

The other night, I was at the Koinonia Cafe and some guy stopped by with a thick envelope. It included samples of the upcoming Hakugaijin CD - Welcome to the Ai-land, among other things. I have to admit, I was tempted to open it up and give it a spin, or maybe even keep one for myself! Of course, I would never do that, though. Anyways, all that to say, my good friend Tim and his band will be releasing their debut CD on April 15 (I think), so check it out! Here's a little video of them performing back in January. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Malaysian Weekend

Okisho is a school that just never stops moving forward, never stops building relationships, never stops offering extras to its students. This past weekend, we had a bunch of students visit the school from Malaysia. As we did last year, the students broke up into groups of 6 - 3 Okishoans, 3 Malaysians. They prepared PowerPoint presentations on set themes - this year they researched culture, education, sports/entertainment, and environment. I was responsible for a group, and semi-responsible for another. Both groups did projects on education, though they were slightly different in content. Anyways, I had fully capable students in my group: Asako is probably the top student in her class, as far as English, Koji is one of the most analytical minds I know, and Ran had amazing pronunciation. On the Malaysian side, Marha was the most enthusiastic student I have met in awhile, Izzati was highly intelligent, and Wawi was just a lot of fun.

So Friday, the students got to see Okisho, and did little tea ceremony and calligraphy workshops. Saturday we played sports together and worked on the presentations. Sunday they got to spend quality time with their host families, and then on Monday morning, they did more fun stuff at school. Monday afternoon was a time to put the finishing touches on the projects, and then in the evening we presented them, and ended things with a rousing reception. At the reception, Okisho students did eisa and other presentations, while the Malay students did ethnic dances. And there were lots of speeches. And the food was incredible!

It was interesting, the Malaysian students were all (except one, so I heard) Muslim. So they had special time to pray. The girls wore head coverings, too. But otherwise it was quite normal. When I talked to Marha, she very matter-of-factly said that the first man was Muslim. I thought that was interesting, since Islam didn't start until around 600AD, much later than the first man was created. But I suppose they have their own interpretation of things.

I got some of their e-mail addresses, and hopefully I will be able to share the love of Christ with them. I am under strict orders to not talk about religion at school, so I didn't feel that this weekend was the time to say anything too bold. But I hope to share more with them as time goes on. Pray that seeds would be planted and that I would share with love and boldness. God loves those kids so much...




Two months, two times!

Karaoke is back, folks! Last month, Josh and his dearly beloved wanted to sing love songs to each other so I joined them. A little third-wheel action never hurt anyone! I'm just kidding, actually. Most of the evening consisted of Josh and I trying hard to relive our glory by singing U2 and Bon Jovi medleys and even throw in a little Simon & Garfunkel. Anyways, Kristi enjoyed herself, and doesn't Josh look relaxed in this pic? Good times! I'm sure I'll be doing some karaoke again soon... I think this is the year of singing!

Friday, March 13, 2009

No Life?

Not so, just no time to write. Even now I'm in the middle of a hectic work day. I just wanted to take a few minutes to say God is good and that I will update with a few things on the weekend if I get time. With moving and packing and work and extras and no Internet, it's been hard to keep this thing going. But hopefully things will slow down (at least a little!) in a few days here. If not then by the end of the month. Thanks for your prayers, guys!


Monday, March 2, 2009

My Japanese Family

My buddy Andrew was “adopted” by Reiko-san (one of the ladies at church) and one day when I was around them I was not-so-subtly saying I wish I had a ‘mom’ in Okinawa. Well, Reiko’s sister happened to be in hearing distance and she said, “I’ll be your mom!” So ever since then (about a month ago) we’ve been joking around about it. She’s a really sweet lady with a great sense of humor. She’s got 4 daughters, the youngest of whom is in this picture. She’s a high schooler (not at my school, unfortunately) and will be 17 very soon. The older daughters come on occasion but not frequently. Pray for their salvation – their names are Mai, Mana and Naomi. Mai is married and has 4 kids. Last Sunday they came to church and I had an absolute blast with her daughter Kanan. What a cutie! Well, I’m just blessed to have “family” here!