I realize it has been a while since I posted.
We have been busy. This year, Julia has been attending a preschool for foreign children in Japan planning to attend Japan Public Elementary schools. This last Friday, she graduated. In two weeks, she will begin first grade at the school where Josiah attends. She is very excited. Her Japanese is coming along. We feel confident she will do well and make lots of new friends.
Josie also graduated this year. Her journey has been difficult. She now has an official diploma from a Japanese Jr. High school. We are so proud of her. High School has been another challenge because in Japan, students have take entrance exams to get into the schools. Josie studied hard, for almost a year. She failed the first exam, but we held onto hope, knowing God’s plan for her would be the right one. She took a second test…and passed. So, in two weeks, she will be attending her new high school, wearing her new uniform and blazer. Three years and she will graduate. Time truly flies. She worked hard and we are very proud of her. We have peace that this is God’s plan for her.
Josiah is also doing well. He completed fifth grade successfully and will be a sixth grader in the upcoming school year. He is the tallest of all his classmates, taller than even some of his teachers. He has grown a lot this year. I won’t be long before I am looking up to him. Makes me wonder where my little boy has gone. Sigh.
Next year will be a difficult year fro him, preparing him for Jr. High. I am sure he is up to the challenge.
All in all, it has been a good year. I continue to meet with my women’s English class twice a month. Good friendships with them are developing and I look forward to more opportunities to share Jesus with them. This school year, I have also enjoyed visiting Josiah’s class once a month to read aloud in English. We have read a lot of books together. At Christmas time, I even read the Christmas story. We had a good time.
Josie, Josiah and I continue our studies at Kumon. My Japanese is coming along, albeit slowly. Josie and Josiah are doing well with their studies as well. Monthly, we do a Saturday morning English class. It has been a great time to get to know the kids in our neighbourhood better.
Akira is doing well, too. He’s busy translations a Greek textbook into Japanese. His hope is that Japanese will be able to learn to read the Bible in the original language. The Japanese translations tend to be theologically biased, based on liberal and conservative views. Through Greek, perhaps an unadulterated form of Jesus’s Word can be provided.
Please feel free to email me if you have questions or want to know more about what we are doing in Japan. Thanks for reading.