10 Years in Japan

Today marks our ten year anniversary in Japan! Wow! I can hardly believe we’ve lived here 10 years already, and in some ways it feels like we’ve always lived here. For our kids, Japan is more than just where we live — it’s their home country! That’s a crazy thought. Ruth grew up a similar way, because although she is American and has American parents, they moved to Brazil when she was a toddler and she grew up in Brazil with both Portuguese and English as native languages. Now our kids are repeating the pattern, but instead of Brazil, it’s Japan. It can almost be confusing at times!

Arriving at Narita April 25/26 2014 with Ruth’s parents along to help with the move

We are so thankful for these last 10 years, with all of their ups and downs and sideways turns. Through it all we have strengthened our bond as a family and made a lot of new friends along the way. Never would I have imagined all that has happened in the last 10 years, from having a little boy (Joshua) in Japan to starting a coffee shop, or seeing Paz Church grow like crazy or even starting a little YouTube channel called Life in Japan only to see it flourish. Or how about finally finding a large house in the city to move into?! Wow! What blessings! We are truly living a dream come true.

We are thankful for all these things and more, but most of all we’re thankful for the people that are a part of our lives because of living in Japan. We’re so thankful that you’ve been a part of this journey. And as we look forward to the future, I have a personal feeling like we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg. If the last 10 years were that eventful, what will the next 10 years bring? Only the best I believe! It’s time to find out!

4 replies on “10 Years in Japan”

I hope you understand how instrumental your “little” YouTube channel has been in reaching people for Christ and in my family’s case, literally changing peoples life’s forever!! God works in mysterious ways, and 2 years ago I would never have imagined that God would use a “little” YouTube channel to answer my prayers! Always amazed at seeing how God works!

Sammie, thanks so much for taking a moment to let us know with this comment. That’s very encouraging! We look forward to what happens next!

Yesterday, April 25, 2024, marked 10 years since the Reutter family began living in Japan! You have continued to grow in many ways in an unfamiliar environment over the past 10 years, which is incredible!✨ I am very happy to have been able to see your progress through your YouTube videos and learn about the world of the Bible. I believe that life has its twists and turns, but I wish you and your family all the best in the future. I would also like to visit Paz Church in the near future.☺️

Yes! You’ve certainly one of the friends we’ve made along the way, and we can’t wait to actually meet you in person! We appreciate your support all these years 🙂

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