Happy Belated Resurrection Day/Easter! He is risen! He is risen indeed! During Holy week, the sakura (cherry) trees were in full bloom! It was the peak of the season and it turned out to be a perfect day! Read more about these stories of blossoms and blessings.
Do you remember where you were on 3/11/11? Many Japanese can never forget where they were when the Triple Disaster hit Japan. We were privileged to spend 3/11/22 with Pastor Makito Matsuda, Oasis Chapel, and co-worker, Julie Nitao, JEMS missionary at Oasis Chapel.
February in Rifu is usually cold but not much snow. This year was very different! We enjoyed snow frequently at our apartment. By the next day, the snow is usually melted. We were invited to help with a video recording by Pastor Makito at his home. Look closely at the picture above. You can see the snow is like a blizzard! Not to worry, we were warm and cozy inside. Yuki, his wife, offered us warm drinks and snacks.
As Christians, an honest analysis of our social context may lead us into a not-so-comfortable position. But the truth is, the mission of the Gospel is counter-cultural; it should not, nor can it, become comfortable with the norms of society, especially when they go against the truths presented in the Gospel. Our hearts ache when we think about the current situation of our beloved El Salvador… And so we pray, learn, and constantly seek to be a light, for God’s peace, justice, and hope in the darkness of violence, injustice, and all the struggles of our communities and world.