This morning (Sunday), we participated in a church service in Watari. It also included a special program to honour the nursery school children's grandparents. As with any children's recital across the world, there was much waving and smiling happening between the children and their families. I watched the interaction and realized the sad reality that over 90 per cent of the people in the room did not know about the one true God. However, God had arranged a very captive...

Today (Saturday) we headed north to Ishinomari-cho to participate in a "Taki Dashi", a Soup Kitchen/BBQ. After a long and busy week, a few on the team planned Friday evening to have Saturday as an off-day. However, by the time we were about to head out, they had changed their minds and everyone was ready for the "Taki Dashi"!

Lorna & Andy Gilbert of Friendship Center, head up this ministry. For the past six months, every Saturday morning, people volunteer preparing...

Friday was an interesting day for the team. Instead of going to the north to Shintona, we headed south to Yamamoto-cho.

Our team assisted three families by moving furniture in their homes so that sludge could be cleaned out. What made this so personal was that the homeowners were there while we worked, it was such a blessing to help. In the last house, we also disinfected all of the area we were working in. As we left the home, Mrs....

Yesterday, Larry Spalink went back home and the day before that Ken Lee had headed back as well. The group had bonded and meshed so well with Larry and Ken and when they left, we each expressed our appreciation and swallowed a teensy bit of disappointment that our time with them had gone so quickly.

Ken's quick wit and sense of humor was a delight! And Larry's gentle care for others was evident in the way that he took time to...

I am sitting at the kitchen table on Thursday morning early -- it's Wednesday evening back home and I am reflecting on our day yesterday.

The work here has been hard because of the intense heat and the strength of the sun.  We cover ourselves in layers of sunscreen, wear sunglasses and towels, ball caps, and bandanas around our heads to prevent sunburn.  Sometimes we put the towels in water and cool our necks.

Yesterday, we had to leave one of the...

Many of us awoke much earlier then we normally would have, this is due to being in a completely different time zone! Hopefully our bodies will adjust soon. 

We got up and cooked breakfast together as a team. It was an interesting experience with different team members pitching in to cook while others cleaned up. We spent some time in prayer before heading to the worksite.  

The worksite is located in Shintona. The drive there takes us through some of the...

I received an update from Iona last night regarding typhoon Talas. Their flights were not affected by the typhoon, they were able to go around the storm and land safely.

Monday they drove up the coast to their lodging and did some grocery shopping for the team.

Their first day of work in the community was strenous for the team and they were ready to get back to their lodging and rest up for the next day.

Written by Mary Dykstra, CRWRC Global...

The 2011 HIV and AIDS tour was a blast!  We had participants from Canada, the U.S., and Kenya. Wow, what a dynamic group.

I cannot claim to voice the experiences of each participant, since they all had varying reasons for participating in the tour, but I can say that we saw, heard, felt, and emerged transformed from 12 days of interaction with communities in Malawi, Mozambique, and with CRWRC staff. I thank God for each participant because I know in my...

This summer, I had the privilege of traveling to Malawi and Mozambique on the HIV/AIDS Discovery Tour. What an experience! I not only had the opportunity to get to know some of the members of our churches in Canada and the USA, but was also able to meet some of our staff, partners, and most importantly, the families and individuals in villages who are benefiting from your support. It was such a joy to be welcomed with song and dance...

After 2 flights and 13 hours later we finally arrived in Tokyo, a very happy but tired crew.

Larry & Ruth Spalink and Ken Lee were waiting to greet us as we made our way with luggage in tow through customs to arrivals. We piled our luggage and bodies into compact vans and began the 2 hour journey to Christian Reformed Japan offices.

My eyes tried to take in the incredible sights of Tokyo through the darkness and as I tried to...

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