"Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next."

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Especially to Ryan: From Fay

This is Ryokuchi Park, at the very spot that you got lost at when you were 3 years old. Does it bring back memories?

The toilet is to the left of this pic


Mom took someone to the toilet (Mana-chan), and Juri was hiding in the big ugly-looking pink tunnel thingie that you see on the far left of the photo


On the other side of the trees there's a lake


Another beautiful boat that was docked today. Huge, really.


J1 at Soccer Stadium

This was Osaka's No.1 team against Sendai's No.1 team, and it was great fun watching them play. Since Aiko, James, and Kenji were rooting for Osaka, naturally, I agreed to root for Sendai. But to all of our disappointment, including mine (since I still wanted Osaka to win), Sendai won 1-0. Pitiful huh.
I really wanted to take Kenji here. I thought it'd be a good experience. And I think it was.





Thursday, May 27, 2010

緑地公園 (Ryokuchi Park) & a 汽車 (Steam Locomotive)

The boys and I had an educational tour of this company that manufactures train parts, it seems. And for display they had this huge steam locomotive.



Ryokuchi Park
Kenji likes to call it Rokuji Park, in that it closes at 6 o'clock.




Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A visit to the Old Folks Home

This was a very fun Old Folks Home to make balloons at, maybe one of the funnest yet. It was not so big and not very organized and we had freedom to do as we pleased. The result was lots of smiles and happy faces.
Kenji did very well. He stood up on stage and made a balloon sword. The sweet old men and women loved it. It makes a big difference to have a cute little innocent child--definitely an ice-breaker. God Bless those old folks. Most of them have been alive 3 or 4 times longer than I have.






Friday, May 21, 2010

Our Beautiful Kitchen

Girls love chocolates, women love diamonds, but mother's love kitchen's. This is not to say that girls can't love kitchen's and mother's can't love chocolates.






Thursday, May 20, 2010

Teen Camp Photo's

Sorry for not leaving a post about my absence--have been at camp for the last 4 days. Got back last night.

That, above, were my kids this year. Left to Right: me, Bradyn, Sho, Chiharu, Jeffrey, Kento, Shinji (my partner), & Andrew.








Thursday, May 13, 2010

Update

We have our apprehensions and fears, but over-all our move has been an exciting experience, full of miracles and answers to prayer.
A long time friend, Mr.H, whom we have been doing Takidashi with for up to about 1000 homeless people at times, once a month, is a housing agent, and helped us find a beautiful house in an awesome location. Looking at some of the photo's I've posted you'll see the unbelievable location and breath-taking sights and sounds. This is the first miracle, because it was exactly what we had prayed for, and it happened to be that the boss of the agency monitoring this book-in was a former employee of Mr.H. With respect and pleasure the house came through. Until this day Mr.H is not the only one who shakes his head in disbelief at the miracle.
A recent development is a collaboration aid that we've embarked on for Kansai's biggest orphanage. There are 150 children--50 between the ages of 2-5, and 100 boys and girls between the ages of 6-17. Together with Mr.H, his daughter, 2 other Fudousan's (one who is said to be a multimillionaire), a lawyer, and a University teacher, we created a group to reach these children.
Our first attempt at integration with these children who we wondered if we could ever spark the interest of, was a successful one of many happy faces and cheerful smiles. We were greeted and accepted with color and gratitude. It was a wonderful experience. To know that there is an opening and an opportunity to reach the hearts of these either abandoned, abused, or just simple parentless children, is a feeling that goes deep inside my heart. It's like "Thank you Jesus!"
Apart from that is an influx of meeting interested people, getting referrals, being introduced, and getting strangely back in touch with old friends and acquaintances. Life is getting exciting here, and I hope it only picks up.

さしぶりに丹波



     




In the photo's you'll see some familiar faces and some unfamiliar ones. 3 of them are my ex-English students, 1 is a home-stay guy (young guy)--paying to learn English, and the rest are faces I was happy to see after about 2 months of being away.
It was like an informal barbecue; a get-together of sorts of people in the area whom we knew from before, to say hi to each other after having not met for a while; a follow-up venture. One lady is a Christian lady, who has a hobby of going to Bangladesh with her husband to help orphan children; another is a sweet old man who wants us to come make pizza sometime--retired from a successful boutique business; another younger girl who is not a Christian but who enjoys gospel singing.