Two and a half months in Japan!

We have just crossed the 2.5 month marker since arriving in our new home. While there are still so many things that we are having to adjust to, we’re also beginning to get into a bit more of a rhythm in our every day lives. We’ve been without routine for over a year as we traveled around the country raising the support we needed to get here. It’s so refreshing how quickly we’ve been able to slip into a routine in Japan. We have our favorite grocery stores, know how to get to Costco (thank you Lord for wonderful new friends who take us there!), have a few favorite restaurants, know our train line well, and know where to find the most delicious cinnamon roll. Yes, that makes the list :) While there are a handful of tasks that are much harder to do in Japan, like paying rent or any bill for that matter, we’re learning how to live here!! Sometimes I look at Matt as we do normal life and am just so thankful to be here and “actually doing this”. The Lord has prepared the way and we’re now living here and taking the steps we need to flourish.

Language school has been quite the undertaking. We’re both getting A’s in the class, but at this point, language learning is requiring a minimum of 10 hours a day. Some days are up to 14 hours of studying... We’re trying to figure out how to balance studying and rest. We cherish your continual prayers for brains that can absorb the info and for the energy required. We plan to put a minimum of 2 years of full-time effort into learning the language, so we’ll need to learn how to pace ourselves and find rest. We also would love your prayers for relationships with our classmates and teachers. There’s 16 of us in the class and we’re getting to know each other better and better. We hope each of them can see the love of Christ through us.

We’ll be heading to Thailand in a few weeks to go to a conference for Encompass workers in Asia. We’re looking forward to having a week with like-minded people and for the encouragement and refreshment I’m sure will come through those interactions. We’ve added a few extra days to the trip so that we can lounge around the beach and find some much needed rest. We are really looking forward to that! 

I hope each of you know how significant you are to the work we’re doing here in Japan. Even the monotonous daily grind of language learning works towards the purpose of one day being able to communicate the Good News of what Jesus has done! We hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas and get to experience His great love for you in new ways. 

Jen

 Language class trip to Kyoto

Language class trip to Kyoto

 This is how our teacher taught us the kanji for "7". I'll definitely remember this one. 

This is how our teacher taught us the kanji for "7". I'll definitely remember this one.