Cherry Blossoms in Black and White (Photo of the Week)

April 2016, Nagoya

Sakura-Framed Mountain (photo of the week)

Cherry blossoms frame a view of Mount Shakujo, April 2016

A Season of Big Changes — Spring 2019 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re doing well. This month’s update is in the form of a PDF newsletter, and includes some big updates on my schedule in the coming months, as well as the official introduction of our manga ministry, Drawbridge Creations.

Please click here to read, download or print:

Your prayers and support are much appreciated!

– Robin

The Way Things Were (photo of the week)

Shirakawa-go, shot on black and white film with a Holga camera, April 2016

Tall Trees (photo of the week)

Mount Shakujo, April 2016

Shakuhachi (photo of the week)

A man plays a shakuhachi — a kind of Japanese flute — at my church
in  Nagoya in October 2016.

Sunshine Sakura (photo of the week)

Cherry blossoms in the sunlight, shot on film with my Holga
back in 2016, probably at Nakamura Park in Nagoya

My Pagoda (photo of the week)

Azuchi Castle Ruins, January 2016

My March Missions Update

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re surviving (even enjoying!) the winter wherever you are. In this part of Japan we’re already starting to see signs of Spring. It won’t be long!

In February we had a couple of significant events in our English ministry at my church in Nagoya:

On the 16th, we held a reunion for the former students of my adult English classes. We had a good turnout (as you can see from the photo), and lots of good conversation. The purpose of this event was not just for the students to catch up with each other, but to keep them connected to our church even though they’re not currently coming here for English classes. Please keep praying for our former students, that our church can effectively share God’s love with them in the months and years to come, and that God would draw them to Himself.

The other big event of the past month was just yesterday — my final kids English lesson. I’m thankful for four years with this particular class and eight years total with this ministry (this being our third four-year kids class). Please pray that these kids and their families will continue to connect with our church through our outreach events and summer camp, and that they will come to know Jesus personally.

Next week, I’m scheduled to travel to Tokyo, Saitama and Yokohama for meetings and mission-related business. Please pray for a safe and productive trip. Pray, too, for the Immanuel churches, leaders, pastors and families that will be going through transitions, which will begin after next week’s annual conference.

As always, thank you for partnering with me through your prayers and giving!

– Robin

Making Dango (photo of the week)

Ena, Gifu. October 2015