|Joshua in front of our ride to Nagoya on 10/17/2012|
Our biggest challenges these past two weeks haven't had anything to do with the transition to Japan. Everyone except Josiah has now been sick with what I'll call a bad, long-lasting, chest cold. Lot's of coughing, low grade fevers, and generally feeling yucky. And it seems it will never end (7-10 days to run its course). Garrett, Joshua, and I are now on the mend, but Gina's still in the thick of it.
On Sunday, we also got news that Gina's grandmother had passed away unexpectedly. She had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous lesion on her liver, and she died of complications related to the surgery. Up until that moment, Skype and email had seemed sufficient to keep some semblance of connection with family and friends at home. But technology can't give or receive a hug...and that's what everyone needed. The cost of this calling began to feel a good bit heavier than it did before.
|Our home for the next year or so...|
These past few days, I've thought about how much of our ministry will be built on the foundation laid by those who've gone before us. So much about our transition has gone smoothly because we're joining a team that's been on this field for a lot of years. They were here to welcome us, stock our fridge...bake us banana bread. They've planted a church where many of the members speak relatively good English, where there are friends for our boys, and where there's an elementary school for Garrett to attend. The team has relationships with people all over Nagoya who trust them...and whom they can trust (trust is something that's incredibly important and hard to come by as foreigners in Japan).
|Steps leading up to one of the many temples in our city|