Thursday, August 17, 2006

VBS Day 2 & 3

Glenn & Farah were our main teachers. They taught at "Big Bear Lodge". Here Glenn shares the story of Saul's conversion to the 5th & 6th grade group.
Maria, Sonya, Jen and Arika smile as they keep a safe distance from water fun of the kids.
Mr. Matt has the craziest games. Today the kids raced each other in sitting on water balloons.
The Toma family's back and Joseph joined the VBS fun today. He's showing you his ice glacier craft he made.
Here's the crew of 1st & 2nd graders making their crafts. Each day, Cindy & Shari prepare a different craft for each grade group. God has blessed us with great help!

Iwakuni Crew visits

Here's the crew from CC Iwakuni. They came down to hang with us and join in the VBS fun. We were blessed by their visit and helping out. Missing is the shepherd of the flock, Mike Silva. He was kind enough to send down his wife Sonya & family. God is doing great things in Iwakuni. Please continue to pray for the Silva family and their growing flock!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

First Day of VBS

This is our main children's room!
From desert to Space Quest
and now.. the Arctic Edge!

Today was our first day of VBS.
Nearly 100 kids came out to
join the fun!

Here, Ms. Diana explains the
day's adventure.

Our foyer has become the
Glacier Pass! Brrrr!

The main sanctuary was transformed
to the Worship Rally OutPost!

Saturday, August 12, 2006

One of my bestest friends is here!

Anna Silva is in town. She brought her mom, Sonya and 13 other wonderful people from Calvary Iwakuni! What a blessing that they all came down to Okinawa to help out and be a special part of the ministry here. Bekah and Anna are best buds - their smiles say it all.

VBS Arctic Edge Prep!

Next week we are having our Kids VBS "Arctic's Edge" (good for the Okinawa summer!). This past week, we have been so blessed by so many of the church that have come out and given of their time, talents and treasures to make this the best VBS ever.
Look at the Children's room transformation!

Saturday Men's Breakfast

Every Saturday morning, the men gather for a time of prayer, fellowship, breakfast and the Word of God. This Saturday, we had a good group of guys come out for Men's Breakfast. Damian, Derek, and Matt led us in worship and Derek Forbes did a good job, encouraging and challenging the men in the scriptures.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

We're surrounded by typhoons!

I was told for the first time in 14 years, there are 3 typhoons in our area at the same time! Whoa... if they combined would it be the Super-Duper Typhoon? There is one south-west of us, one to the north and one to the south-east. The south-east one is suppose to hit us pretty good. We are in TC-3 right now.
Even with storms around us, God is always in control. If things go as tracked, we will be in TC-1e on Wednesday night/ Thursday morning. This is interesting because we had originally planned our week-long VBS for this week, but God led us to push it back one week! What wonderful providence He has. Pray for Mike & CC Iwakuni, they're suppose to bring a team of 14 down to Okinawa to help! I'm excited to see what God will do!

Friday, August 04, 2006

Remember the "Fire Show"?

For all the folks that came out on our first missions trip to Okinawa (way back in the day)... the "Fire Show" guy is alive and well! He's still doing his same tricks and has a few new ones too. After the outreach, we stopped and watched him for a bit. It reminded me of our first outreach here with Pule, Farah, Jen, Will, Tom, Richard, and the Whittier boys.

More Mihama Outreach pix

The worship team was out in full force and Yasutomo & Keisuke also shared in song and the gospel. Here Matt is making introductions.
Up top, Tiffany Gaines and Sandra Velarde share with a group of school gals. The kids love passing out bibles and tracts too!

Mihama Shopping Center Street Outreach

Early Sunday evening, we gathered at American Village-Mihama for a street outreach. The weather was perfect and God blessed us with a stage and great turn out. We were able to handout over 1000 tracts! Please pray for the "seeds" that were sown in the lives of many Okinawan and Americans.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

David & Liz 5th Year Anniversary

On Friday, the Barrios Family stopped in at church. David, who gave his life to Jesus this past Easter has grown leaps and bounds in the Lord. Today is their 5th Year Anniversary, so they wanted to renew their wedding vows before the Lord. It was such a blessing. Glenn led us in a time of worship.. yup, Glenn... and then we shared from John 2, where Jesus was invited to a wedding and performed a miracle. Anytime we invite Jesus into our lives, the wonderful and miraculous takes place as it has in the Barrios Family. An d just like the comment of the head waiter... Jesus saves the best for last! The best is yet to come for David, Liz and their wonderful family!