Thursday, January 04, 2007

Newsletter January 4, 2007

WOW, what a CRAZY month December was. Oh, by the way, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We had a pretty full concert schedule for the Christmas season, not to mention kindergarten activities a the two schools where we teach Bible and English, our own church's activities, and more. At each event God was working in powerful ways, and we trust He will continue that work.

It didn't all end with Christmas day either, we had a three day retreat just before New Years and THAT was awesome too! The worship was amazing and we connected with some other believers from all over the country including some awesome people also in ministry.

While at the retreat the television station that did a show about us 2 1/2 years ago called and wanted to come do a follow up, THE NEXT DAY! So we returned home from camp to a house full of cameras and television crew. They stuck with us for three days and the show will be on next week. Pray that God uses this show to speak to many Japanese about FAMILY and Christianity, plus ADOPTION! Many Japanese know nothing about adoption and have never seen a family like ours, a house full of love with God as the center. I can't wait to see how the program turns out. We'll update you on the response.

I was especially excited about how much we got to share with the camera crew. Seeing our lives up close really spoke to them. I had a great conversation with the director who confessed that she felt nervous coming to film us since Hana is adopted, she didn't know how to act or what to expect. She said that it was so refreshing to see that we were such a normal family and Hana is obviously loved and cherished. The host comedian who shared a couple meals with us an interviewed our family asked lots of questions about Christianity and cried when she saw Hana's adoption video. She seemed really touched and affected by getting to know our family! Please pray God continues to work in the hearts of the crew!

If you are receiving this newsletter in Japan and would like to watch the show, it will be on at 7 pm Jan. 9th, the station is TeleV Tokyo. It will NOT show in Kyushu unfortunately, but will air all over the rest of the country.

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