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A Terrible 6 Months For Japanese Missionaries

I’ve just been made aware of the dramatic decrease in the dollar over the last few months. For American missionaries who get their support from here, this is a tough blow. Japan is already 1.8 times the average cost of living in the US. Now imagine losing 15% of your paycheck AFTER taxes and there’s nothing you can do about it. This is such a heavy issue on my heart because support is the biggest reason we had to leave Japan early. Please pray and please consider giving. We’re raising support on behalf of our fellow missionaries in Japan and know many others who would love your support.

Annual Conference has begun!

Well, we haven’t sufficiently informed everyone, but every year, TEAM Japan has an annual conference for one week in Karuizawa. We survived the 10 hour road trip and made it by dinner-time on friday night. It was a pretty good ride, the iphone deserves credit for that. When we arrived, it was suprisingly cold! We had gotten used to the 90 degree weather, and so coming here to mid 70′s was a real treat! Everything is green here too, it’s nice to see mountains and trees again. We are staying with the Taylors, who we met while in training when we were still in the U.S.  They are spoiling us with great food and fun.

Today was day one, and it flew by. Mainly, because it didn’t start until 3pm. But, tomorrow starts the real schedule. We will be giving our presentation tomorrow, telling everyone about ourselves and why we came to Japan and our future plans. Last night, we experienced our first earthquake too! It wasn’t very big, but it did last a while. After it happened, we looked to see if there was any news about it, and supposedly it was a 7.0 in Tokyo! Somewhere out in the sea, so no reported damage yet. It was a little exciting though, I have to admit. Unfortunately, Matt wasn’t able to experience the rumble because he was in the shower. Oh well, there’s always next time…

Love you all!