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Japan Team - May 2012's Blog

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,...

Konnichiwa from Yamamoto-cho! The morning brought bright sunshine, music, crêpes with fresh strawberries and ice cream. Oh, life is good! Life took a drastic turn the moment we stepped on Mr. Saito's farm right here in Yamamoto-cho. Here is a man who grows paprika for a living. The tsunami wiped out his greenhouses and essentially, his crop for 2012. Not only that, his property was left littered with thousands of small rocks, stones and asphalt as the tsunami receded back...

Konichiwa! The Honda boys were fairly quiet last night so a good rest was had by all. Once again, we woke to the bright sunshine and music. Sunday, a good day! Breakfast and off to church in Izumi. We had been looking for churches and could not find any on our travels. 

Our host for the week, Morris Yaegashi, the man who knows all things about Japan, stops in front of a suburban home and tells us it's time to get...

Konnichwa! I stayed up a little later than the rest of the team last night. When I went to lock up and turn off the lights, I heard a car idling outside the Nozomi center. I went to the windows...but there was no car! The sound was coming from upstairs! Sure enough, two members of the team were snoring in perfect harmony. It sounded exactly like a small Honda with a loud exhaust system. Oh, I should have gone to...

Konichiwa ogenkideska des tomodachi. Well, the afternoon was more of the same - little sleds with dirt and repairs at Nozomi. We finished the afternoon off with a walk in town; that’s when the effect of the tsunami hit home for us. How can we explain what we saw? 

Lucky for you, there are pictures in our photo gallery that will cut down on this blog by several thousand words. Imagine your neighborhood. Now wipe out all the houses for a...

Konnichiwa! Well we are here. All six of us - Mike and Isabel Klapwyk, Jeri and Clarence Batterink, Steve McKnight and myself, John Geerts. It sure was a long flight; we landed in Narita/Tokyo and our first impressions of Japan were lots of nice rectangular rice paddies as well as a very efficient airport. We had another short plane trip to Sendai airport, although there was not much to see as the sun went down just before the plane left...

The next Japan team is packing their bags to head out to Japan soon! They fly out on May 15 and return on May 27. Please keep them in your prayers and visit the blog regularly to see how their trip is going!

We have some exciting news to share about the community center that CRWRC and CRWM are currently building in Japan. They had their first worship service last night; 84 people showed up from the community and many of...