In Light of the Times

race relations

With all the race issues, the murder of Mr. Floyd and all the rest, This story is a powerful testimony to the importance of listening to one another. The power of this story goes beyond race and into how we share the Gospel. 

There are times when the only thing we can do is build and maintain a relationship. As I have seen over and over again, God uses the trust and openness of these relationships to open doors for sharing the Gospel and for building bridges to Christ our home.




Do They Believe or Not??

water festival

Japanese people don't contemplate belief in the ways we might expect. As a missionary to the Japanese people I always strive to understand more of their belief systems to learn how I can better present myself and the Gospel into their lives. This video takes less than 8 minutes to watch but it is a fascinating look into the Japanese mind and religious heart.


Looking Through Time

Fall colors

I have often wondered how God sees us and the world. He is not limited by time like we are. He can see the beginning and the end of a thing before it has begun. He always knows all things, he always sees all things and He is always everywhere.

Bicycle Cop in Japan - Amazing!


Japanese Police officer pursues and pulls over a Lamborghini super-car . . . while on a bicycle!

What I Learned as a Leper

This article is directly copied from the Christian Today Web site. The link is: It is written by Christina Jones about her experience in coming to Japan to help after the earthquake/tsunami of 2011. More or her articles can be found here:

Amazing Artist

Thijme Termaat

In this collection of things I have posted I like to include things I consider noteworthy. This young man, Thijme Termaat caught my attention recently and I want to share his work with you. It is an unusual approach to art and, although I wouldn't want to always view things this way, this is worth your while.


Music & Food Festival!!


This past week Yuka and I had Jlodge participate in the Music & Food festival on the TokeiUniversity campus. It was a LOT of work and a LOT of fun too. We met many new people who we hope will begin coming to Jlodge and we had a great opportunity to reconnect with many others we have known in the past. Overall this was a very successful event for us. 

Special Music Video

dharfer youssef

A very creative and beautiful work of art in musical form. Dhafer Youssef manages to fuse together intricate rhythms and tonal patters of the Middle East with his incredible talent and create some beautiful jazz pieces. I think it is well worth your time to sit quietly and listen!!