Photo of the Week: Dog

November 2015. Spotting in front of a house somewhere near Tado Mountain, this dog is a common Japanese breed called shiba.

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Photo of the Week: Bridge Gateway

The bridge from Takeshima back to Gamagori, April 2015.

This seems like a good time to re-post this photo, as just this past week I re-visited Gamagori this past week to attend the Tokai Conference of Mission and Evangelism. Our hotel had a great view ocean, including Takeshima (a small island in the bay). The conference way pretty great too; I was both challenged and encouraged.

If you’d like to see more of my 2015 photos from Takeshima/Gamagori, check out this post on my photo blog.

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Photo of the Week: Crest

A close-up of a roof crest at Iga Ueno Castle. July 2015.

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August Adventures & September Schemes (prayer letter)

Hi everyone,

I hope you had a great summer in your part of the world!

The first weekend in August, I visited Hiroshima, along with some friends from Nagoya. We enjoyed a full day of ministry and fellowship with the Immanuel Hiroshima Church. I preached in the morning, and in the afternoon my friends and I did a mini-concert and testimony time. It’s a lot more work getting a group of people together, practicing and prepping; but it was fun having friends along for the ride, and we could do more together than I could have alone. I’m thankful for God’s protection, direction and blessing on our trip.

The day after my return from Hiroshima, I left for youth camp in Nagano, where I played on the worship team. It’s always great seeing such a large group of Japanese teens worshiping Jesus together. Imagine the impact they could have on Japan if they really let Jesus get ahold of their lives. Let’s pray that they will!

Here are some dates and prayer points to keep in mind as we begin September. There are a lot!

    • 9/1 — English Cafe
    • 9/9 — Hiking ministry
    • 9/17 — English Bible Study
    • 9/20 — Leading worship at prayer meeting
    • 9/24 — Preaching & English Bible study in Kyoto
    • Pray for clarity of vision for GP in Japan, and my role in our mission moving forward.
    • Pray for direction about some possible changes in my English ministry at the end of the year.
    • Pray for a peaceful resolution to the hostilities in this region involving North Korea.
    • Pray for God to call and equip more missionaries to Japan.

Thank you for your continuing prayers and support! Your partnership in our mission here is much needed and appreciated!

– Robin

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Photo of the Week: Tall Trees

Shot at Shakujo Dake mountain in Gifu, April 2016.

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Photo of the Week: Conversations by the Sea

Takeshima Gamagori, April 2015

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Photo of the Week: Strolling Through History

This photo was actually taken the same day as last week’s, back in August 2015, at historical village somewhere in Nagano.

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Summer Adventures Continue (August 2017 Prayer Letter)

Hi everyone,

Thank you for your prayers this past month! This month’s adventures took me to kids camp, Kyoto and Cambodia!

We had 24 kids come to my church’s two-day kids camp this year. Most of these kids are from unchurched families, and many first connected with our church through my English classes, so it’s awesome to see them coming to church events and hearing the Gospel. Please pray that God will continue to work in the lives of these kids and their families.

The day after kids camp, I was off to Kyoto, where I taught an English Bible study at Immanuel Kyoto-Nishi Church. I’m filling in there every other month while their resident missionary Andrea is back in the US for partnership development. There are a bunch of non-Christians connecting with the church through this ministry, and they haven’t stopped coming just because Andrea is away. Pray that God will continue to work in their lives as well.

This past week, I was in Cambodia for the GP Asia area retreat. It was great to connect with fellow missionaries to worship, pray and learn together. This year we focused on gaining vision clarity. This is an ongoing process, particularly here in Japan, where we have a small team but big dreams. Please continue to pray with us for vision and direction.

Here are some other dates to keep in prayer about:

  • 8/4 – English Cafe (Nagoya)
  • 8/6 – Preaching & music ministry in Hiroshima
  • 8/8-11 – Youth camp in Nagano
  • 8/20 – English Bible study (Nagoya)

Thanks again for your prayers, financial support and encouragement!

– Robin

PS — In case you missed it, here’s a link to the summer newsletter I sent out last month:

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Photo of the Week: Waikiki Beach??

Did you know there’s a Waikiki Beach here in Aichi, Japan? There is. I went there back in 2015 with a few friends. This is Yumi shooting back at me.

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Photo of the Week: Dark Mountain

It wasn’t actually that dark that day, it’s just the contrast of this photo that makes it look that way. I thought this one looked better in black and white, so here it is. January 2016, Mount Sengatake.

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