Monday, May 6, 2013

An audacious April

Hello friends and family!

In Japan, school begins in April, so we have started another year already! Things are going smoothly, thanks in part to the fact that I have had a little more time to plan for the new year and I have a year's experience under my belt.

This isn't to say that everything is easy though. I'm teaching a whole new section of classes, along with many of the ones I taught last year. Some of the students in my new class are relatively new learners of English and it's been a little bit of a struggle to find activities that are at the student's levels. One of the best parts of my days though, are when the students finally 'get it' and their eyes (and relieved expressions) show realization that they do know what a concept means in English.

Making pancakes for Easter breakfast!

I ended March and started April in Tokyo with Caitlin and her family. We had a lovely time during Easter and during the break between school years. She was able to come to visit me in Kyoto during the festivities of Golden Week, one of the largest (and longest) holidays of spring in Japan. We had a wonderful time together, getting the apartment ready for her arrival this fall, attending a friend's wedding and getting our engagement photos taken!

One of my co-workers is a very talented photographer and he graciously offered to take some engagement photos for us. We had a great time - laughing and posing, but still trying to act natural in front of the camera. If you're interested in Japan or just like good photos, you should click here to check out his website.

This month, please remember these prayer requests:
  • Pray for all the students as the year continues. 
  • Pray for Japan and the salvation of the Japanese people. 
  • Please continue to pray for the teachers and staff with all the work we have to do.
  • Pray for peace and repose as Caitlin and I finalize our wedding plans. 
Thank you for your support of God's work in Japan!