S: Japan 2010
BC: I shall sing to the Lord for He has blessed me so Richly. Psalms 13:6
FC: Japan | 2010 | ,journey a path to walk, learn, live & love | reach for discovery
1: August 2010 | Jen,Jan,Laura, Jodi,Jess,Lyle | Ready for Adventure
3: We arrived safely in Tokyo with extra supplies for VBS
4: Tokyo to Yokohama via bus (bas)
5: as you travel you catch a glimpse of the quiet rice fields | then you become aware of the business of Japan
6: total travel time 19 hours
7: Pastor Ken picked us up at the bus station and we all squeezed together for our destination. | Y U C
8: Yokohama Union Church is a nondenominational community of multicultural believers who have chosen to serve God, following Jesus and are lead by the Holy Spirit. The church is multilingaul with people from all over the world who are praising God together in English.
9: the front glass window is made of small pieces of glass put together by the people of the church
10: We were blessed to have a cozy place to stay. The Green house is conveniently next to the church, it was the original place for church worship and now serves as a place for guests and youth gatherings.
11: the Green House our home away from home
12: We slept on the floor Japanese style on futons with a few extra pillows for cushioning! Tired from travel and time change we struggled to stay awake until 8pm the first several nights.
13: BUT... we were awake and up drinking coffee and making breakfast around 4am. The Green House had a kitchen which was fully stocked for us to make our meals. The wonderful church ladies took very good care to make sure we were comfortable and well stocked with a variety of Japanese treats.
14: lots of noodles and rice | sometimes we needed help with the menu
15: Our new friends took us lots of places to eat. One of the Japanese restaurants only had two forks so we had to eat with chops sticks. | MAKKU
16: Our mornings were very busy with Pastor Linda in charge we made bricks out of bags, stamped name tags & decorated every inch of the church for a high seas adventure.
18: We felt very safe on the streets, the people we met were so polite and very helpful when we got lost! | In the afternoons we had time to stroll the neighborhood. We walked to the local stores and got a feel for real life in Japan. | local grocery store
19: learning new words in Japanense
20: tunnel next to the green house | Close to the church was a cemetery, a museum,
21: a park with a public pool. and gorgeous greenery everywhere.
22: a breathe taking view over Yokohama
23: on a clear day we could see Mt. Fuji
24: We did a lot of walking!!! We took several breaks along the way because the weather was hot and extremely humid. We got a little lost now and then & we caught a taxi a couple of times when we got too hot to walk back.
25: Did we tell you we did a lot of walking?
26: One of the most memorable nights was when our new friend Sachiko, an English Professor, took us to her home for supper. She met us halfway at a train station, then her husband met us in the little car and took 4 of us to the house. He spoke in Japanese handing us a watermelon and then left us alone in their little house. We guessed we were supposed to cut it up. We laughed at the confused look we all had on our faces and then waited guessing he went to get the others. | Sachiko & Kiyoshi
27: About 30+ min. later they returned with the other two of our group. We sat down and had a great meal of sushi, pizza, sweet corn & watermelon. About half way through the meal they hurried us up and we ran out the door following them down the street. We caught a bus to a theme park and they paved a path through thousands so we could see the fireworks. It was one crazy night and they are one awesome couple. It was a once in a life time, guess you'd have to be there. We only hope heaven is that much fun!!!
28: LET'S | GO | before bed we rehearsed for VBS; A High Seas Adventure.
30: On Sunday morning we enjoyed worshiping with the people of YUC. It was a blessing to see so many folks from different walks of life and from different cultures come together and worship their creator in the English language right in the middle of Japan. Pastor Ken spoke on being Gijeng (foreign) We are all Gijjeng to this world, this is not our home, together we will be home with the Lord in Heaven, until then we must run this race together loving people for Jesus.
31: Pastor Ken explaining to us all of the different foods. Elle loves snow peas, she is kichiguy(crazy)! Subarashi (wonderful) potluck & fellowship
32: Here they come and we are ready!
33: Early starting Mon. morning we set sail with a High Seas Adventure. Parents brought the children to the door and we set up our small groups according to ages. The children are bilingual and speak good English. It is very important to the parents that these children become more fluent in English and thus they are coming to YUC VBS with lots of excitement! | Ohayo gozaimasu ( Good morning)
34: Jesus love the little children | all the children of the world | red and yellow,black & white | they are precious in his sight
36: Each morning we met our children and got in little groups. We opened with learning new songs and story time, teaching the children about an adventure with God.
38: We also had special story times. The children loved to jumping in the boat to hear about Jesus and the fishermen.
39: F O R E V E R | lET THE vAST VOYAGE BEGIN
40: Every day included games with lots of ENERY!!! | Game directors Laura & Chikara
42: S N A C K | T I M E | every day the volunteer church helpers would prepare snacks for us
44: C R A F T S
46: As we closed each day we sang together young and old with hands raised high and hearts rejoicing.
47: Jump,Jump, Jump for Jesus
49: Ha-La-La-La-Le-Lujah Hallelujah!!!
50: prayer time
52: It is hard to describe our adventure with the children and all of the excitement. The energy they shared with us renewed our youth and joy for Jesus. The smiles and the laughs we had together are priceless. We came to share the truth we know in Gods Word and together we experienced the presence of His Love. Children here are taught early on that they should never make mistakes, there is a lot of pressure put on them to be perfect and to strive for perfection. They are taught to say Muzukashii desu (it is difficult) instead of NO. They are also taught a great deal of respect for the earth and for their elders. Children grow up learning to bow appropriately to say "hello," "goodbye," and "thank you." They are very polite children and disciplined well. Their genuine gentleness open to God and their childlike faith was an example that touch our hearts deeply. We had come to teach and we were taught. Amazing how God works!
53: Jesus called a little child to Him, and placed the child among them. He said: "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in Heaven." Matthew 18:2-4
54: Every day after VBS the cooks & cheif Pastor Ken had a great lunch ready for us. Together we feasted on noodles, rice cakes, sushi,snow peas and traditional Japanese foods.
55: pot luck | Lyle learned to make shusi
57: our friends kept us very busy in the afternoons as they had so much for us to see
58: Gotta move fast when you take the Chikatetsu (subway) | Densha(electric train) is the most used transportation to get to work & school.
63: Don Quijote a Japanese WAL-MART
65: an evening downtown Yokohoma at CosmoWorld
66: China town
68: Kenny & Elle took us to a real Chinese Place in Chinatown | unique pottys, check out the one with the drinking fountain on top
69: What should we order???
70: Downtown Tokyo
71: We took an afternoon to go to Tokyo, the most populated metropolis in the world, over 12 million people all in a hurry. It was a WOW experience!
72: The museum is set up like old town Japan in the year Showa 33 (1958) when instant noodles where invented just after the war. It was tanoshi! (FUN) | RAUMEN NOODLE MUSEUM & restaurants
73: Naomi taught us how to SLURP the noodles which is a polite way to say the food is good
74: We were extra blessed with our own personal tour guides.
75: Love conquers all things | Kamakura Hase-Dera Temple
76: Kotokuin Daibutsu (Great Buddha)
77: They took us to several temple ,and shrines. We learned that most Japanese do not adhere to one religion, it is mostly a mixture of Shinto(the way of the gods) &Buddhism (an idol to pray to). We felt overwhelming blessed that we know the living God who knows us personally and is the true source of Love.
78: tea ceremony
79: true | we each took time to listen through the bamboo to hear a single drop of water magnify in beauty as it dripped from the spring
82: Our friends took us to the bay where we snacked on fried octopus.
84: Miko & Etsuko took us on an afternoon trip to Sankeien Gardens & historical . building. Words cannot describe the beauty and peace found in this place.
87: a day to remember
88: Be still and know that I am God. Ps. 40:10
89: Japan has the most beautiful gardens for rest & reflection of self.
90: We visited another VBS going on in the older part of Yokohama. It was all in Japanese, we didn't understand many words but we shared in their excitement of loving Jesus
91: The children worked together and made supper, we had a sparkling time with fireworks. Pastor Ken took a well deserved break.
93: (Table of Hope)
95: Our time in Japan was busy & most amazing. We made great friends and together we enjoyed God's blessings of living life to the fullest.
96: What make our journey special is the signatoure of God in our lives.
97: Our last evening together Jen, Jan & Jess made a meal to serve and thank our hosts, together we gave God all the Glory for our time together & for all He had done. What a wonderful time we will have meeting & feasting together again in heaven.