Monthly Archives: July 2016

School Trip!!!

Last time I wrote, I said something about going on my school trip and  two months have already passed. Wow, I am really bad at this blog thing!!

But okay, so , all the third graders(9th in U.S.) got to go on a school trip to kyoto and nara, two very old cities in japan for three days. On the first day, I woke up at five in the morning to get on the six o’clock train. Then, with my friends, we went to the shin-yokohama station, which took forty minutes. We then met outside of the station where the principle and a few other teachers were waiting. We were told to arrive before seven, so it was fun watching my classmates coming in droves every fine minutes. Then, as a school, we all rode on a bullet train. It is very fast. We had two hours, and we were allowed to bring snacks.   It was a really fun because we had just started the school year a month before so I got to meet some girls from my class, who turned out to be my friends-to-be this year, so that was cool. Because I had travelled on this train before, I knew we would pass Mt. Fuji, so we got to see it. Then around ten, we all rushed out of the train, and spent our first day visiting old temples in nara. Each class(there were seven) and the home room teachers were put on huge buses that hold at least fifty people (my class has fourty seven students plus two teachers) and we were zoomed around to three temples and spent about an hour to two hours at each.

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We also saw a giant budda, and played with deer at the deer park. Then at four thirty we finally went to our hotel, ate dinner, took showers, went to meetings, and watched tv until curfew at ten thirty. But, we all know that when a class gets split into little groups of about seven to eight, and gets their own room(boys and girls each split into two groups) you don’t actually “sleep” until, like, two. But the freaky thing was, the teachers were patrolling that halls!!!!!! and we had to keep our doors open, and they heard every little noise!!! So we made it to twelve, until my teacher poked her head in and told us to be quiet and that was my first day.

 

The second day was my favorite. The class had little groups from seven to eight(like before), but this group was boys and girls mixed. Basically, as a group we went to all the places we had planned to go to.

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We first went to Fushimi Inari Taishya (shrine) which was beautiful. The shrine was on a mountain, and was basically surrounded with a forest, and with the famous bright red torii gates contrasting against the green, it was just gorgeous. The air was so fresh, and I loved it.  After that we went to Kitano Tenmangu (Shrine). This one I don’t remember much, except maybe that was the first time iI saw my friends pray at the shrine and wash their hands in the purified water, or something like that. I just remember kinda watching themfrom a few feet back.

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After that we went to Arashi Yama, with the bamboo forests and Kyoto Tower  and Toji temple and kinkakuji, the golden pavilion.  I don’t know which one was my favorite, kinkakuji or fushimi inari. I honestly don’t remember the last day, except feeling so tired and counting the hours to coming home. But then, with all the travels I’ve been on, I always think coming home is the best part.

It was a great time and a great experience.  Now I am back to regular classes which means study study study.

 

 

Streams of Living Water

We have been in Japan for just over a year now.

It has been said that Japan is a nation difficult to reach with the gospel.  It is said that it takes years to bear fruit.  But we stand firm believing in Him.   We, as a family,  continue to pray over our neighbourhood, our city and all of Japan.  We have asked for the Lord to “make himself known” to “enter into the homes and families and individuals in our neighbourhood.”  We have prayed for Him to “become popular”  and to “break the chains” that bind.  And though we have not seen much “fruit” yet, we have been encouraged.

As a family, we recently started a devotional entitled  “Why Give” by John Devries.  The main point in the first lesson is that  “we are born again to be a river through which the Spirit flows.”

“Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit each month.  And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. (Revelations 22:1-2)

God is a river.  That means that life, love, care, relationship, restoration and every good thing flows from Him.  And it keeps flowing.  He is not a lake or pond that takes in, hoards and doesn’t let out.  If we are made in His image, to be His image bearers, then we, too, must be rivers pouring out.

“I am creating something new. There it is, do you see it? I have put roads in the deserts, and streams in thirsty lands.” (Isaiah 44:19)

Japan is a thirsty land, a land without the Father, bearing a long history of not knowing Him.  Do you see it?  The new thing?  WE are the streams.  WE carry the water to the thirsty lands.  Our prayer today is that the Father would pour out the river of life on Japan through us, that their thirst may be satisfied and they may thirst no more.  We pray too for other thirsty lands, that they would be filled with living streams.  God’s streams are going to thirsty places, He is making something new.

There is a children’s worship song we used to sing at the Boiler Room (now Navah Church)  in Kansas City.

“I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors sets the captives free.  I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.

May we all have rivers of life flowing out of us.