After a travel day from Los Angeles to the Sendai area that took a full day of plane travel and driving (thanks to Ken Lee and Rev. Hiro Mochida for driving us from Narita airport all the way north), we settled in late Wednesday night and rested as well as we could to get ready for what the Lord had for us today.  We have a team of 8 people from Crosspoint CRC in Chino, CA who all have an...

The rainy season has returned, and with it the realization that I can count the weeks I have left in Nicaragua on one hand. During this time, I will travel to Jinotega to create a promotional video for one of our partners, the Christian Center for Human Rights, a Nicaraguan organization of lawyers and volunteers that trains citizens in civil education, mediates and resolves legal cases, and promotes a more just society. The video will be used to inform the...

We’ve been in Japan now almost three weeks, but it seems a lot longer.  But compared to last year when we came only three months after the disaster, it has been much more relaxed, especially at first.  Last year, I was attending a Japanese committee meeting planning how I would be used, only an hour after I landed.  This time we had two days to get settled in and get groceries and even for Sharon to clean up the kitchen...

As soon as I stepped out of the van, the farmer stood up and straightened his starched blue shirt. Today he was going to show the foreigner (me) his System of Rice Intensification (SRI) demonstration plot. He was proud of his rice plot. Who wouldn’t be? The SRI plot will yield 22% more than the traditional plots and it stood up to the hail storm better than any of his neighbors’ plots. My collogues and I ‘ooo’ed over the strong...

Kombanwa tomodachi! I think our team is finally on Japan time. Everyone slept too late this morning. Our timing is perfect because tomorrow starts our trip home. Morris made a breakfast of sunny-side-up eggs in soya sauce. That man can make the simplest meal taste awesome. Our goodbyes started early as our fellow rock pickers, George and Ruth Young, had to return to Choshi right after breakfast. 

The team returned to the Saitos' farm to pick more stones. I was able...

Kombanwa! Thursday brought bright sunshine and more stones at Mr. Saito's farm. Not much to add to that other than that at about three o'clock we collectively hit the wall. I guess four days of pickin' stones on your hands and knees is all a body can take. Bodies were sore and muscles were beyond stiff and the stones never end! Well Mr. Saito had just the cure! He took us to the Japanese bath at Shinchi. This natural hot...

Ohayo gozaimas! This morning, Wednesday, we woke up to some more of that damp and drizzly weather, but off to Mr. and Mrs. Saito's farm. More pickin' of stones! There, we were joined by George and Ruth Young, CRC missionaries from the Narita area of Japan, as well as Cal Cummings (Nozomi Director) and Mr. Itse (Hitachi Executive). 10 strong bodies to eradicate these stones from the earth in Mr. Saito's greenhouse! The rain over night washed the stones to...

Konnichiwa tomodachi! Tuesday dawned bright and sunny. The music piping over the loudspeakers five times a day was novel the first days but is now getting a little stale. Maybe they should come up with some new tunes, eh.  After breakfast it was off to work, diggin' up stones. At about 9:30 am, clouds moved in and 11 o'clock brought a misty drizzle. By 12 noon, it was a steady downpour. We had all seen enough stones for one day,...

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