Our final farewell at the Ishinomaki train station was difficult for each one of us. Only the Lord could orchestrate such sweet fellowship in such a short visit. It was the prayer of the team that we would experience unity and the Lord has been faithful to answer this prayer. Pictured are Rich, Emi, Cherry, Hannah, and Edgar. As a team in devotional time we have been studying Ephesians 4. The first three verses of Ephesians 4 are a reminder of the calling of the body of Christ:
“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Eph 4:1-3 NKJV
As I write this, the team is on the train from Ishinomaki to Sendai where we will catch the Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo. We are stopped on the train tracks with alarm bells signaling some type of delay. Train travel in Japan is nearly always perfectly on time, yet it is our God who controls all things. He is aware of the reason for delay and has accounted for it in His plan. This trip has been step by step an opportunity for trust. Despite the 16-hour time difference, often when the team has needed prayer we have been able to communicate with our church back home. Thank you for praying for us as our journey has encountered difficulties big and small along the way. After traveling on a train from Ishinomaki to Sendai, a Shinkansen to Tokyo and a connecting train, we arrived in the Team center near Mitaka station in Tokyo. We met with Pastor Kaz to plan our first day of ministry here in Tokyo the same Christian preschool we visited last year.