Friday, June 8, 2012

Update: Japan Round Two!

This past weekend I had the wonderful privilege of spending some much needed vacation time at a young adults’ retreat in Pennsylvania with my church friends. While I was there, I had some great conversations that made me realize I haven’t done a good job at communicating exactly what I’m preparing to do in regards to Japan, and felt very compelled to write to you all when I returned.
I can’t even begin to describe the joy God has given me at the chance to return to Japan! Every day I get one step closer to returning to the land God has put on my heart to love so dearly. At this point, the only duties I am aware of receiving upon my arrival will be teaching and tutoring English. I will be teaching first-sixth graders, a majority of whom are past students of mine, which I am absolutely thrilled about! I will also be tutoring two of my previous Japanese students in English as they begin to take all of their seventh grade classes in English for the first time. I will be helping them conversationally and with writing as they start to write essays. There is always the high likelihood that I will take on many other tasks while there. I am so excited about the new - and yet familiar - duties I will be taking on!
My prayer is to be able to stay in Japan an entire school year, unlike last time where I was only there for six months, meaning I left in the middle of the school year. I have been invited and welcomed with many loving and open arms to this idea. My correspondents and I have been talking about me leaving in late August of this year and returning in early July of next. In order for me to stay this long, I will need to raise a total of $20,000. (With the funds I have raised so far, that leaves about $16,000 I still need to raise.) This will cover my travel, housing, utilities, food money, on-field transportation, and other on-field ministry expenses. With this in mind, I ask that you would support me in prayer that I would be able to raise these funds before I leave. I ask that you would also pray to ask God if He may be calling you to support me financially. While this may seem like a large sum of money, I have assurance that God will provide for however long He wishes me to be there, and that the support will come in His timing.
Should you feel God is calling you to help support me financially, please feel free to email me at and I will give you the information you need. To put the amount of money I have to raise into a different perspective, if 50 people pledged $30 to my account monthly, this would cover all of my costs of living in Japan.
I would also like to ask for prayer for some friends of mine in Japan whose daughter, Maia, has been experiencing heart issues since she was born almost one year ago. She has a doctor’s appointment today, and they are praying to finally receive a surgery date to repair the hole in Maia’s heart. (They haven’t received a surgery date in the past because of other health issues.)

I would like to thank you for your prayers and support as I prepare to leave. I can’t thank God enough for the loving church, family, and friends He has given me. I have received so many loving words of encouragement, and I am incredibly grateful!
If you would like to contact me about Japan, please feel free to email me:
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” – Psalm 32:8
Through Him,

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