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Clapping to wake the gods

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Sorry for the poor quality. This is a man trying to wake the gods by clapping at a Japanese shrine. Breaks my heart every time.

Posted via email from Reeds in Japan

Café Ministry

It’s been too long since we’ve written last. And that’s mainly because our days have been packed full of meetings, travel, sight-seeing, and meeting other missionaries.

TEAM conference ended on Saturday and we decided to stay with the Taylors one more night. That night their friends from Tokyo came to visit. The husband happens to be a writer for the pokemon comic book! It was neat to meet them and their sweet kids. For dinner, Christina and Kye made pasta.

On Sunday, the Taylors surprised us by buying our shinkansen tickets to Tokyo. It’s the best way to travel, but we were expecting to take the cheaper express train.

We’ve been exploring and shopping in Tokyo all week and everyday we’ve come home worn out. On Tue., we took a tour of Tokyo with a veteran missionary, Tom Sloan. He taught us many historical and spiritual insights that I hope we’ll never forget.

The past two days, we met with two couples who are doing something very new and very exciting here in Tokyo. They are launching a Café in mid-October here in Tokyo. It’s very exciting to us and the more we’ve heard, the cooler it sounds. Yesterday, we even got to see the empty room that will be transformed very soon into the Café.

Finally, please pray with us as we are going through some tough decision-making about our future and the future of our ministry. We’ll write about it as soon as things clear up, but as of now the possibilities are too numerous to write about. We appreciate your prayers as we seek God’s guidance in this.

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