Foot massages and fortunate encounters...

We were walking through a local mall one evening last month when I noticed a new store: a spa. I suddenly had a completely irrational desire to go in and see if they offered reflexology (foot massages). It was completely irrational because we already have someone who does reflexology, who (a) we’re completely satisfied with, (b) is much closer to our home, and (c) is cheaper than anyone else. Still, we went in. 

The shopkeeper was named Dana*. We soon found out that she’d been to Canada once…

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Sharing the Message of Jesus in Japan - Part II

Earlier this month, I talked about some of the principles that are most important when sharing the good news of Jesus with the people of Japan. Today, I thought I would share a concrete example of what this can look like. It’s taken from a short talk that I gave at last year’s Christmas party. I’ve similar talks a few times since, and have been told by several people that this approach has gone straight to their hearts.

Where necessary, I have included a few notes of explanation about the…

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Sharing the Message of Jesus with Japanese Stoics - Part I

As Peter and I continue to minister as missionaries in Japan, we are learning a variety of lessons on sharing the good news of Jesus with people of different cultures. Sometimes the Bible verses that we take for granted in North America—verses like John 3:16—aren’t the most appropriate to use when introducing people of a different culture to Jesus. 

In Japan, Bible dust jackets do not commonly display John 3:16. Instead they use a verse from Ecclesiastes: “Meaningless, meaningless, everything…

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Last Night of Noisemakers

Well, Friday Night Noisemakers is now over. It ran for three months, from April to June, and was it ever a blast! I was able to make some great connections with the people who attended—we had three regular attendees with another two occasional ones. In our last newsletter, we told the story of how one of the girls requested a Bible (to read more, click here). Today, I would like to share about our last session before the summer break. 

The week before, we’d collectively decided to have a movie…

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Low Man on the Totem Pole

Every family has its own unique pecking order. 

When I was a little girl, we had a black cat named Scamper. Though she was the family cat, she was really my cat. You know what I mean: sometimes an animal and a human being bond on a deeper level. Yes, the animal may give and receive affection to and from other people, but its heart truly lies with just one special person. For Scamper, that person was me.

God used her powerfully in my life, too. Through my rocky and painful childhood, she was…

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