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Lunch with the "T" Family

Yesterday, we had a blast. The T family came over for lunch. The mom, dad, and 3 kids (a 3rd grade big sister, 1st grade brother, and a kindergartner little sis). This is one of the 3 families that we are really focusing our prayers on, so it was a joy to have the entire family come. They live very close to us, and they have many connections in the neighborhood because they're always at the sports center or community center doing kids' activities. Mrs. T is someone that I've liked from day 1. Yesterday we found out that we really like Mr. T as well... he is hilarious and kept us laughing!! The 4 hours of fellowship was not a burden at all... we felt very comfortable with them, and I think they liked us, too:) Zack and Ellie were the ultimate missionaries as they played with the 3 kids upstairs, even with the language barrier. I noticed that Zack resorted to chasing and tickling, which works in any language!

How we LONG to see these wonderful people come to know our Savior! Please pray for them as you enjoy the fun pictures...

Mrs. T and Nozomi with Japanese cakes
Mrs. T brought a beautiful selection of Japanese cakes
Lunch with the T family
Lunch with the T family
Fun with the T family
4 hours of fun with the T family

 

Gift of Language

I'm realizing how much of a GIFT my language is. I am so very thankful that my parents did a good job in having me speak Japanese in our home, and English outside the home. That's how my sisters and I remained bilingual. Even though my Japanese was very, very rusty, God is using it to reach out to our friends around us! During my conversations with my friends, I have to stop them several times to ask what words mean, and I often say goofy things. There have been times when the whole group will just bust out laughing because of my mistakes. (Like when I wanted to say that I like to put Ellie's hair in a "braid," I used another similiar word that means a sweet Japanese dessert: mitsuami vs. anmitsu. Close, right??)

Even with my mistakes, however, I have come to understand how much of a blessing this is. To have relationships with the T family, the M family, our landlord family, the neighbors, and the mom friends...all happening in the first 5 months of our moving here...you know it HAS to be God's doing!!!!

I share this not to toot my own horn...but to say THANK YOU to Jesus, and to give Him props.

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." II Corinthians 12:9

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