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Our time in Japan is drawing to a close. After two more workdays this week, we completed the "mud-out" phase of our house rebuild. 

Every wall that had been touched by water is gone, insulation removed, floorboards gone, and mud scooped out. It took just over four workdays (and hundreds of white trash bags) to complete. Immediately after we finish, a carpenter team from Samaritan's purse will put in a new floor and drywall. It's not glamorous, but it goes a...

What a weekend! On Saturday we traveled a bit to take part in a "takidashi," which is cookout put on for a community that has been strongly affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

The event starts with a bingo game. It was a chance for me to brush up on my Japanese numbers. George Young, the missionary, was with us over the weekend, and he explained that this group was much more lively than other groups he has seen. I loved...

Today was one of the most fabulous days of our trip.  We have been talking about the fruits of the spirit.  During the work day, we were invited to a dedication for a finished house.  Larry had asked if our team could witness this event. It was quite spectacular and very spiritually moving - God was certainly present. The homeowners - a family who had witnessed the tsunami - were standing there, listening to the men who helped rebuild their...

It's the end of Team 4's third work day. Work on the house is progressing well and we're now at the stage where we take out floorboards and shovel out the sludge left behind from the tsunami water. It's important that this comes out because the water contained contaminants from all of the junk that was swept up. 

The owner of the house stopped by again today. He's not very talkative (even to those of us that can understand Japanese!), but...

Hello! Welcome to the first update from Japan Team 4.

Our team is a bit smaller than the previous 3 - we consist of John from Anchorage, Alaska; Ed and Elaine from Hamilton, Ontario; and myself (Chris) from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

We are nearing the end of our third day here in Japan, but today was the first that we were able to work. The first two consisted of just getting us all here to the Sendai area (where our work is...