As the winter wears on the wind is beginning to blow here in Japan and the days are slowly becoming longer, we are enjoying the quiet time that we are able to have here. As our participants finish their training program and go home in December, we have an opportunity at ARI from then through the middle of March to reflect and recuperate from the year. Although it does become lonely at times, it is nice to have the peace and quiet that comes in winter to ARI.
But our lives have been full of new things over the past few months and our home is not as quiet as it used to be. To begin with, Jonathan went before the Florida Board of Ordained Ministry in January. Although the interview was definitely nerve wracking, we are proud to announce that the Board has recommended Jonathan for Provisional Elder. There will be a commissioning service in Orlando this year on Saturday, June 10th on the last day of the Florida Annual Conference. Everyone is more than welcome to come and show support for Jonathan on that day at the service of ordination and commissioning.
On top of that Satomi was finally approved to be in connection with the General Board of Global Ministries and to attend the training in Atlanta, GA this coming April. On May 8th, she will have a blessing service in Atlanta and be commissioned in June at annual conference as a GBGM missionary.
Finally, we have formally started the adoption process of a four year old girl named Yuka whom we welcomed into our home as foster parents on February 1st of this year. Yuka can be translated as beautiful/ nice flower. As she has entered our home we have learned the joy of having a child in the house along with the tension that can be created at time. It is a wonderful time of laughing, crying and learning how to become a family and to put into practice the motto that we teach at ARI, That We May Live Together. (At a future date when deemed appropriate we will share a photo of the family.)
For all of you who have been praying for us, we ask for your continued prayers. We will also be coming state side for Satomi’s training and then through May for Satomi’s itineration and of course the June commissionings. When we have more details we will let you know what we can. We do ask for continued prayers and continued support as we continue on this journey that God has put in front of us.
Enjoy the Photos!