"Thank you Foothills Alliance for your preaching, worship, nursery, and for being a church that is loving and accepting of newcomers - in Japan we are the newcomers and we really appreciate the hand that our local Japanese churches extends towards us."
Background: James grew up at Linden Alliance Church and Yvonne at Bethany Baptist Church in Red Deer. James graduated from Canadian Bible College and Yvonne from Peace River Bible Institute. During her summers, Yvonne had the opportunity to serve on various short-term missions trips to Tajikistan, Belize, India, Bolivia, and Thailand. James spent a year teaching in China for his Canadian Bible College internship and then served at a Chinese church before turning his attention to teaching English as a Second Language.
In Japan: James is an English teacher and Yvonne stays home with their daughter and prepares for baby #2 (coming January 2012). She enjoys getting to know some of our neighbors through a craft club she has joined. James and Yvonne attend a small church of about 15 that was planted 7 years ago. The average church attendance in Japan is usually around 25. About 0.11% people attend church in this province. We support our local church and are excited about how our Pastor, Hiroaki Sato, is able to volunteer regularly in the earthquake region. God is doing many things there. We are desperately but not always successfully trying to learn Japanese. Still we can participate in many aspects of church life and Yvonne can try to communicate with the pastor's wife who has young children as well! Yvonne recently volunteered to be the librarian of a fellowship of Christian English teachers so our closet is full of Christian books and resources - a perk for James is that he can read books about the history of Japan's church.
Our town: We are nestled in the town of Kisakata, Akita right against the ocean (Sea of Japan) and Mt.Chokai (a sometimes active volcano). We are happy to be over 300km from the nuclear accident location. Thank you for your prayers in that regard. – less – More from ZoomInfo »