“Clearing the soil”


There is a Japanese term, “nemawashi”, which literally means “to clear the soil”. The picture is that the soil is getting cleared away from the roots of a tree in order to more easily uproot and transplant the tree. In English, the closest equivalent would be to “clear the way”.

We have a strong sense that this is what God has been doing for us ever since we arrived in Japan. It started over a year ago, but the first time we were aware of this was the week after we arrived.


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“Grandma, Jesus Brought Us Food!”


I’ve just listened to a podcast of a talk given by a Japanese pastor from the Fukushima area. It was so incredibly touching to hear more of the stories coming out of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear zones. This is about 1 hour and 20 minutes long, but if you decide to listen to it, the time is well worth it. Be sure to listen right through the question period. There is a lot of richness in the answers there.

It’s really amazing to hear once more of how the worldwide church has been…

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Our First Breakfast


Yesterday we moved into our new apartment, so to celebrate Peter thought he’d make me a breakfast this morning like he used to make me back in Canada every Saturday. Last night we went to the supermarket and picked up some eggs, bacon, juice, and milk.

As he cooked the bacon, it started to emit some odd smells… Peter called me over to smell it, and we couldn’t decide what it was. Lamb? Something else? It definitely wasn’t bacon.

We gave up on the bacon, and moved on to the eggs....

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