Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Special visitors

During the summers off from college, Jessica comes home and has blessed us over the years by leading in worship for us on Sunday mornings. God has given her a beautiful gift and we are so grateful she has been willing to serve everytime and bless us all.
Jessica's sister, Jennifer and her son, JJ came back home too for a visit. JJ and Ben-Ben would make a great tag-team WWE team some day in the near future (maybe next year?). It's always great to see the girls with mom, Makiko-san.

We were also super blessed by a visit from the Schultz'. Rob and Becky are retired from the Navy now and are serving on the mission field. They came one Sunday and shared the neat things that God is doing in and through them. They have become very dear friends of ours and we are excited for them in this new venture of faith. ( I guess Jessica was thirsty)
Yahoo... look who's back! Yasutomo, Juan, Stomer, Yasuromo, Miyagi-san... whatever you want to call him... add driving school boy to your list. Stomer's back for a bit from college in Tokyo and is taking classes for his driver's license. I wonder what name he will use for his license and if he will break Japanese culture and smile big for the photo like he is here with Roy. It's great to have our brother back.
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PCS season stinks

Every summer, we experience something the military calls "PCS season". PCS stands for Permanent Change of Station (at least I think so) and every year, there are a good handful of families that come and there are good handful of families that leave us- that's the stinky part. If we had our way, we'd keep everyone with us. Over the years, we have been so blessed with some incredible folks that love the Lord and have served Him here with us and this year was no exception.
We said "see you later" to the Wayman's and to the Coates' on this day.

We got to dedicate baby Noah this Sunday. God blessed Andre and Regina with a baby while they were here - and they thought they were done! Ha! Lisa Freeman's smiling the most right now. :)
We're going to miss the Coates. Ryan, Brandess and Caleb - we love you guys and will be praying for the newest member of the Coates family. Thank you for everything and always letting us use your house! Send some pics when baby arrives!
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Everyone loves the Newlons

Here's Yumi with Ken & Cheryl at recent farewell dinner we hosted for our departing families.

To say that the Newlon's will be missed is the understatement of the year. They were friends with everybody! We miss them dearly in so many ways they have impacted so many here on Okinawa and our lives in wonderful ways. We are grateful to the Lord for them.
Yoko's crew and Newlon's
We miss you Jennie!
The Phipps' crew and Newlons (look at all those great smiles! I love this picture)
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Asiah mini concert

We were so blessed a few Wednesdays back when Asiah came and did a mini-concert for us here at Calvary Okinawa.
She was on island for a series of concerts and outreaches but was gracious enough to stop by and bless us.
Enri translated for her into English even though Asiah is bilingual. Enri and her have been friends from gradeschool.
Enri was our connect to having Asiah come :)

Look it's our very good friend and bro in Christ, Pastor Vee from Daichi Baptist Church. It's always a joy to see our brother and to hear of the great things God is doing in and through his ministry on Okinawa.
Josh was invited to play for a special song and did a great job. We had a great night where God was glorified through all that was sung and shared. Thank you Asiah for blessing us!
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