Saturday, March 15, 2014


When I was in the US last year I folded a large number of origami cranes.  I gave most of them away to people to remind them to pray for me.  On some I had people sign their names and I brought them back to Japan with me.  I finally got around to hanging them up around my apartment.

As I folded the cranes I was praying for Japan, for the ministry in which I am involved here, for friends, and for the people who would receive them.  As I gave them to friends and family, I asked them to pray for me.  I even left some 'flying' around my home church.  I hope when people see them around the church or wherever they were placed around homes that people will remember to pray for me.

When I am sitting in my living/dining room, bedroom, tatami room, or office and I see the cranes hanging there, I pray for the people who signed their names and gave the cranes back to me.

What a blessing to be able to pray for each other.  Even when we are not in the same city, state, or country, we can still join in ministry together by praying for each other.  And, having a visual reminder is helpful for me!  In that way, these origami cranes become prayer reminders.  (The Japanese title of this post is a play on words which basically means that.)

Thank you to those of you who are praying for me and all of us here in Japan.  Please continue.  I cannot put into words how much your prayers mean to us!
In the background is the prayer quilt the ladies from West Center made for me!


Holly Jo said...

Joel and I were at the Pavillion last week and saw the huge column of origami cranes there, and we thought of you! It worked! You will forever be associated with paper cranes now. :) Praying for you!

Anonymous said...

Remebering you each hour. I moved the crane to the tv holder just last night. Are the boys ready for school? We're going to KAH on Sun. Hope to prove I', not a robot now.

Carrie Schlafmann said...

Not sure how I missed this post before. Your cranes look beautiful and the one you sent me is still sitting next to our fruit bowl on our fridge - it does remind me to pray for you & your ministry there.