Monday, August 15, 2011

Summer Fun... with the mission family

The summer fun continues! The last week of July our NAB mission family was blessed by the ministry of Alan and Judy Steier. They led us in times of learning, prayer and fun-food was involved, too, of course! We had a good time learning about our strengths together and how to work together as a team more effectively. Lots of laughter and aha moments. We closed our time together with an amazing time of sharing and prayer. It is so exciting to see God moving in our midst, teaching us, drawing us closer together, and loving us. Thank you, Lord!

Here are a few snapshots of our time together...

Minute-to-win-it fun

Visiting an old-style house in Tondabayashi's Jinai Machi

Prayer time

The whole gang!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Summer Fun... at church Part 2

Actually, I guess this should be part one and the post I wrote a couple of days ago should be part two if I were labeling them chronologically. But, I'm labeling them as I write, so this is part 2!

At the end of June we had our third Live Gospel Cafe. The musical guest was Now and Ever, a Gospel group that had been rehearsing at our church once a month. Sadly, after only a year together, they decided to take a break. But, we got to hear them one last time at our Live Gospel Cafe! Several of the ladies are or were members of AGC, the gospel choir I sing with. Their leaders are Manabu and Kyoko Adachi, gospel enthusiasts here in Kansai and friends of mine.

It was fun to hear them sing, have a chance to chat with them a bit, and be reminded of God's love. We already miss hearing their singing voices at church!

Paul played a few songs during intermission

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Fun... at church

July 5th we hosted our second Ladies' Lunch and Talk at Komyo Christian Church. Our theme was American culture with our special guest, Barb Chapman, sharing about how Christianity affected her family's life when she was growing up in Minnesota. Her daughter, Rachael, played flute for us. Rachael will be attending university in California in the fall and studying music. It was fun to have the opportunity to minister with these fellow missionaries!

Barb and Rachael

Barb sharing