Dear Friends and Family,
Greetings from Beavercreek, Ohio! It is hard to believe that we are already more than a half way through our Home Assignment (furlough)!
Thank you for all your prayers for our home assignment in the U.S. It has been a tremendous blessing to visit with our family, friends and supporters here and share what God has done in and through our lives during the last four years of our service in Japan.
In regards to our support level, we have been very much encouraged by its increase over the last few months. Our support is currently at 76% and we have just received official clearance from TEAM for our return to Japan. We have purchased tickets, departing on September the 8th! Our plan is to leave Beavercreek, Ohio at the end of August and stay with Chad’s brother’s family during our last week in the U.S.
In the midst of busy home schooling and ministry work, our time in the U.S. has been a profitable time of refreshment and encouragement for our family. The Lord has graciously provided us with the way to have extended quality time with the Lord, with family (just the four of us and as a couple celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary!), and encouraging fellowship with people.
Many people have asked how our children have been adjusting to life in America. They both have been adjusting well. Yuki has been attending Japanese Saturday school in Troy, Ohio and has done pretty well with home schooling during the week despite her parents’ lack of experience in this area. Yoshiki has been learning the alphabet and numbers. The Lord has been very gracious to carry us through this aspect of our family’s adjustment for the last couple of months. Thank you very much for all your prayers.
Yuki and Yoshiki both have enjoyed Sunday school at church and loved Vacation Bible School. We have been amazed at how much they have been learning about God through all of these opportunities! They have also loved spending time with their cousins and all the children with whom we have had opportunities to fellowship. Wherever we go, God has always had some special blessings in store for our children, thus we have seen the Lord’s love and care for them in a deeper way during this home assignment!
Our prayer is that during the remainder of our time here, the Lord may continue to allow us to lay hold of all the divine blessings, purpose, and work that He has had in store for this home assignment in and through our lives.
You may be wondering what our lives will be like when we return to Japan. The first two things we will be doing is unpacking all our household items that have been in storage and getting the kids registered back into school. After that Chad will be returning to his work where we expect various adjustments and changes awaiting him at his workplace. Noriko will resume her ministry at SonRise Church and outreach toward families from Yoshiki’s kindergarten. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our church members as well as meeting our new team members at both our church and Chad’s workplace. We would appreciate your prayer for our family’s smooth transition back into life and ministry in Japan.
Chad and Noriko