Chez le médecin
Sunday, October 10, 2021

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An African Parable…
Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Pezinho (Peh-zeen-yoo) left home just after dawn on a cloudless, warm, Saturday morning, ready for his long, familiar trek to the village of his parents.  It would take him all day, so he carried a small, scrubbed oil jug filled with quissangua, the local drink made with ground corn powder, sugar... .. read more..

Mississippi State Fair 2021
Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Mississippi State Fair rolls around every October.  It is another thing I love about being home in the fall.  I love riding the rides.  I love eating the foods.  I love all the exhibits and the shows.  Most of all, I just love the excitement that the fair brings. ... .. read more..

Homeschool Days September 2021
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

We ended another busy month of school last week.  We are in a good rhythm and our days, for the most part, are running smoothly.  In spite of several road trips lately, we have still kept up our school work. The boys have been very flexible to do school on the go.  That is a blessi... .. read more..

So Better than Retirement
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

“John, you cannot retire”, I was advised by several people that I admire. They saw my role in ministry in Japan and beyond as being too crucial to just abruptly stop. My family also knew that I could not just stop working and tinker with my hobbies. So we prayed and God led John to this new minis... .. read more..

Happy Little Praise and Prayer report
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Have you ever noticed that prayer requests and praise reports usually have more overlap than the happy little trees in a Bob Ross painting? Where does one end and the other begin? That’s why this post will not be separated into individual prayer/praise categories. You’re getting the forest, not t... .. read more..

New adventure: Japanese driver's licence
Friday, October 22, 2021

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Keeping the Lines of Communication Open
Thursday, October 7, 2021

P eople often talk about where they were when some important event in history occurred. Think of it as the “Where were you when Kennedy was shot?” phenomenon. My answer to that one is that I wasn’t born yet. But I do know exactly where I was when I learned that Elvis had died. Safeway. Or when th... .. read more..

Urgent Need
Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Last week while traveling home on the highway, Caleb had to brake quickly to avoid hitting a Kangaroo. Tamara and Jessica were also in the vehicle. Caleb did a fantastic job at stopping and managed to barely hit the kangaroo, which jumped up and hopped away. While still in the vehicle and at a co... .. read more..

The apartment
Friday, October 22, 2021

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Craving connection
Friday, October 8, 2021

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Fig chutney
Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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Hope and Memory in Hidden Valleys
Thursday, October 28, 2021

Dear friends, Our latest print-friendly newsletter is linked below and will be appearing in mailboxes soon. (Click on the image to view it full-size in your browser.) We also sent out an email with a few announcements and prayer requests that you won’t see posted publicly here or on ou... .. read more..

More progress
Sunday, October 10, 2021

 To my surprise, I see that it has been 5 days since I last posted any progress report.  It’s hard because the day-to-day progress is so subtle. At the end of the day, I think to myself, “Nothing much to report today.” Just that same old rhythm of Jennifer doing her little self-guided p... .. read more..

Late Night Music
Saturday, October 23, 2021

I love coming through in the morning to make a pot of tea only to discover that one, or both of my boys have been playing their instruments late in to the night and maybe even had a jamming session together. This pic is of Joel's personal pride & joy; his PRS, and what really blesses and exci... .. read more..

A long hike
Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Jennifer and I are listening to Kate Bowler read her newly released book (on Audible), No Cure for Being Human .  It’s her story of being diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer (metastatic — spread to her liver, etc) at age 35.  She’s a poetic, poignant writer — with a sense of humor (and ... .. read more..

Mitchell Farms 2021
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Last Friday, we took a delightful field trip to Mitchell Farms in Collins, MS with our homeschool fellowship group.  It has been a joy to have this group to do activities with while we are home.  Several families participated, which provided the boys a large group of kids to spend the d... .. read more..

Baptized in Jesus name!
Friday, October 22, 2021

What a privilege to baptize 2 sweet children in Jesus name yesterday! Keila and her brother, Israel, both received the Holy Ghost a few months ago, and yesterday went down in the water in Jesus name! It was so beautiful and I’m so proud of them! I’m so thankful for all that the Lord has .. read more..

Flu jab
Friday, October 22, 2021

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November’s News
Monday, November 1, 2021

Hi everyone, We hope your October was a good one. We had a good morning of outreach ministry at our church in Komatsu on October 17, where I preached and Yoko played piano. In a first, I had a Chinese interpreter for my Japanese message, for the sake of some Chinese guests. Please pray for God to... .. read more..

Pray in November
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

PRAISE We have been really encouraged in locating a home church this month. Nothing but good news. PRAY Several weeks ago John got an invite to attend the Global Church Planting Network (GCPN) global facilitators gathering in London this month. John will be representing the East Asia region which... .. read more..

日本語のニュースレター「Dear Friends in Japan」vol.11
Monday, October 11, 2021

いつもありがとうございます。最新のニュースレターをこちらのリンク通してダウンロードができます: お祈りをよろしくお願いします。 .. read more..

Words to Go Around Baby Pictures
Monday, October 18, 2021

When talking about today’s blog post, Trish told me I didn’t have to work too hard on the actual writing of the post because the post also contains a lot of baby pictures. Cool, huh? And these aren’t pictures of just any baby. These are pictures of Allen and Trish’s latest grandchild. The fifth o... .. read more..

We’re Busy
Friday, October 8, 2021

Join Mel and Monica for an unedited phone conversation about everything from idols in our lives to senior graduation. It’s fun and thought provoking. Come chat with us! .. read more..

Road Trip to North Mississippi and Memphis
Monday, October 11, 2021

At the beginning of the month, we took a relaxing road trip to North Mississippi.  Our original plan was just to visit David's dad at his beautiful, new home in Oxford.  We ended up leaving a day early so we could spend a little time with former IMB missionaries Jeff and Karen Thomas.&n... .. read more..

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