Leaving for Japan!

The day has finally come, and on April 24, we leave for Japan!  Since January 15, we’ve been busy here in the States visiting friends, family, supporters and churches.  We put more than 12,000 miles on our van in the most brutal winter in recent history.  This is one family of seasoned travelers!  Some of our highlights include 2 family reunions: one with my side of the family in Detroit and one with Ruth’s side of the family in Orlando.  We also had a great time seeing so many friends.  We wish we had more time with everyone, but it is now time to do what we’ve been preparing for all along.  This is it!

We leave early next Thursday morning from O’Hare for Japan, and we already have a place to live lined up.  It’s a 3 bedroom house with a total of 1,000 square feet.  Time to get used to squeezing everyone in!  The girls will soon begin school at the beginning of May at the church’s preschool.  Then on July 1st, Ruth and I go to school: language school.

One of our goals for this furlough was to raise more money for our new life in Japan, which we estimate will be nearly double the cost of Brazil.  We have had several individuals add or increase support, which has been very encouraging.  We’ve been able to visit a couple of new churches as well as our current supporting churches. We are so thankful for each and every supporter, and if you’d like to join us, we could still use the support.  Click here to find out about supporting us.

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