Enoshima is beach a little over an hour away from us (by car or train). It’s famous with surfers for being the place with the largest waves near Tokyo, and we’ve been there a number of times just to enjoy the beach itself. In fact, right after we moved here, we even had a couple of baptisms here! But even though we’ve gone a number of times to swim, we’ve never gone just to enjoy the aquarium and then the island afterwards. This winter we had a one-day holiday and decided to do just that. Needless to say, we had perhaps one of our best day trips in recent history. Enjoy Enchanting Enoshima with us!
As missionaries, we wear a lot of different hats. Pioneers, entrepreneurs, teachers, parents and in our case, pastors. Not all missionaries are pastors, and not all pastors are missionaries. But our role as missionaries here in Japan with Paz Church has naturally made us into pastors.
Being a pastor is like being a father of a spiritual family, and we love families, so it’s a good fit for us. When God tells us of His love for us, He communicates it by referring to Himself as our loving, Heavenly Father. In the same way we seek to reflect His nature in our family and help others do the same. Enjoy this fun look at a slice of our pastor life in Japan!
Parenting has never been an easy job, but throw a pandemic into the mix, and things get hairy fast. The pandemic has been a recipe for disaster for many families, but it doesn’t have to be the story of your family. In this episode of Life in Japan we have an honest look at the things that have helped us manage our family during the pandemic, and even some discoveries that will help us stay strong long after the pandemic is gone. It’s parenting, Life in Japan style.
One of the things we’ve really enjoyed about the conversations we have on our YouTube channel are all of the suggestions we get of places to go and things to try. Since we (and by we I mean especially Ruth) likes shopping, many have suggested that we try Don Quijote, a Japanese store with an eclectic collection of goods.
While we were in Yokohama for a weekend, we came across a Mega Don Quijote, and since we had a couple of hours we decided to enter in and wander around to see what we could see. It was a good thing we were taking a video, because the trip ended up to be quite a fun experience! Without further ado, here is our first impressions of Japan’s Everything Store, Don Quijote.
It’s a question that we all ask at some point or another — what is the meaning of life?! The answer to this question is one of the most important and noble pursuits. But where do you begin?
Ruth’s uncle Tim Huber has been a missionary and pastor here in Japan for over 30 years, and I have been working with him to launch a new YouTube channel all about this theme. In perfect Japanese, he shares about this subject. Please watch it and share it with anyone you think would be interested! New videos will be launched every Friday at 8:00 PM, so you can enjoy Life in Japan at 7:00 PM and then the Meaning of Life at 8:00! Here is our first episode: