Ever since I got married, my life has become crazier and crazier.
I was born and raised in Tokyo. I went to kindergarten, primary, middle, high school and university like most Japanese people do. I hung out with friends a lot like most Japanese people do. I worked for Japanese company like a slave like most Japanese people do….
My mom wanted to name me “並子Namiko” which means “average person”. (I am glad my parents didn’t.) As my mom’s desire, I grew up like average person in Japan only the difference from most people was that I knew Jesus.
I got married in 2010 and then Drew and I moved to Saku city which is two hours away from my home town. It was the first time for me to live outside of my parents house. Somehow we started our own language school, my husband became a wedding pastor to non-Christians. The ministry we wanted to do didn’t go well, huge earthquakes occurred The many needs for Christ to be known everywhere in Japan was so overwhelming that we lost our direction. We decided to go back to America to start over, so we got rid of everything we had except for what could fit into 4 suitcases. We struggled with how we would start over. But, God led us to plug into Karis church…. This is what happened to me over past 2 years. I probably couldn’t explain how crazy it was with this short paragraph….
Yet, now here I am in Columbia MO, with no visa(I’m in the process of obtaining it), No driver’s license(My international driver’s license expired and I can’t get one without visa), No job, No money, No house (we are living in a guest room of our awesome friend’s house, and we are planning to move to downstairs as soon as renovation finished.) No Japanese environment, a little bit knowledge of living in America and English.
However I have Jesus, and friends and family who care and love me a lot. This makes my life great in the midst of chaos.
Even before Drew started his internship, he and I learned and grew a lot by serving Karis church.
God gave Drew the opportunity to be in a leadership position of a Missional Community Group. I can see he has been changing to be more humble and patient person. I love it!!
I have been learning about the Bible, growing deeper and deeper in my understanding. For example I learned that everything in the Bible points to Jesus even in the Old Testament. I knew there were prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament, but Old Testament and Jesus are more connected than I ever knew. Though I need to study more to explain this well, it’s good to at least know that. I am also learning how to lead people to Jesus, care and love people like Jesus as much as I can. I feel much closer to Jesus compared to one year ago. As I grow closer to Jesus more and more, I realize my sins more and more. It is really hard but also great at the same time.
Drew started his internship January 22nd. Now he has more responsibility and also has more stuff to serve and learn.
I am so excited to go through God’s plan for us in 2013!
I’d really appreciate if you keep checking on us and praying for us and Japan.