Sunday, August 10, 2008

First Sunday...

Woke up this morning to pouring rain with an alarm set to get ready for an early morning (8:30) church service. :) Alison and I went to Calvary Chapel Okinawa with Mr. Elofson and Chikako. This church is one of a few we would like to visit. The church is located amist banana trees and sugar cane. The sanctuary part of the church was located on the 3rd floor of the building in a long narrow room. Met the pastor of the church on the way up the stairs. He seems to be a nice guy, from California. There were about 100 or so people in our service, mostly military. It's interesting...military cars all have a Y on the license plate like a mark on the forehead saying they're military. Anyways, we're entering the parking lot and 99% of the cars all have the Y. The church has headsets available for Japanese people who would like the sermon to be translated. Kinda cool. The church is currently finishing up a study on 1 Corinthians. There was one verse that really stood out to me today in the midst of all this uncertainty with teaching pre-kindergarten and being in a strange place. It was 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." This was very encouraging for me today. I know that regardless of the situation I find myself, God's presence is always near and any work done for his glory is not in vein, even if it's teaching pre-kindergarten. :)
Here are some pics for your enjoyment...
The beach on the East China Sea side at sunset

Ferris wheel at the American Village

Festive dancers

Can you find something on these signs that just doesn't fit?

Vending machines are everywhere!

Our feet in Japan! hehe


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  2. Squid Arm fries... not something I'd pick first off the menu! Yikes! Sounds like you are having a good time, despite the heat, language barrier, and huge bugs... yuck! I'm so glad you guys got there early 'cause now you're almost pros and navigating around the area... can't wait to hear more about poor old Lester! lol! Miss you lots!

  3. I'm so proud of you guys for venturing out of your comfort zone! I'm glad that verse in Corinthians jumped out at you. Keep trusting in the Lord and he will give you the strength you need! I love you and miss you and am praying for you both every day! Hugs and kisses!