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Where do I Belong

UnknownRecently, I came across an article that stated, “’The process of coming home after living abroad is simple and stress free.’  This is a quote from no one… ever.” Nate and I can personally attest that repatriation is everything but ‘simple and stress free.’ The initial weeks can be exciting; reuniting with family and friends, rediscovering traditional homemade foods, visiting favorite travel destinations, reliving past memories, and exchanging stories with loved ones. Then reality sets in. We are no longer expats, we are in our native land. But somehow we don’t fit in anymore, in our own homeland. I think each person’s journey back is different based on his/her experiences and length of time abroad. Nate and I didn’t have time to prepare for our unexpected return to the USA.  Neither of us felt “ready” to come back.

We have been back in the USA for a year. Many times I think that I am well-adjusted and ‘fit in.’ Then moments later, I find myself  with tears streaming down my cheeks in a sea of uncertainty and confusion. A veteran missionary once shared this piece of wisdom with me before my first overseas assignment, “After you depart, you will no longer fit in anywhere.” What did he mean? In my new culture of Japan, I would be bringing along my American way of life and logic, sticking out as an expat in the new foreign land. Then when I’d return to my homeland in the USA; my new experiences, customs, and thought processes would tag along, no longer allowing me to ‘fit in’ there either. This can be frustrating as this is where you are suppose to belong, yet you don’t have the same ideas, expectations, and interests as you did before you left.

Nomads, world travelers, wanderers, and frequent flyers tend to latch on to each other both living aboad as well as returning to their homelands. These co-globetrotters often have many things in common and are experiencing the same challenges to “blend” into a new culture or their own homeland. I feel connected to current and former missionaries as I can relate to them and vice-versa.

Now living in the USA, I am drawn to others who have relocated here. Everyone has a story. Listening to others’ journeys and struggles draw me closer to Christ as I am reminded, “we all are but strangers here, heaven in my home.” A place where we will no longer need to “fit in,” but an eternal home where our Savior welcomes us with open arms.

Reference Article : Landing Well

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in japan, mexico, usa

 

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Pray for Japan

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When I served as a Kingdom Workers’ volunteer in Japan, Haga-san was a seminary student, who also served as my tour guide and good friend. Since then, he graduated from the seminary and faithfully serves as a pastor with the Lutheran Evangelical Christian Church (LECC) of Japan. As we recently passed the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake in Japan, I asked him for an update.

We can not believe that 3 years have passed after the earthquake. Many things gone and will never comeback by tsunami effect. Building are getting recovered, but people’s heart won’t.

LECC works at Kesennuma, one of the biggest areas where the Tsunami hit. We have an office and share alot of quilts, English classes, Bible classes and material support. Most of these activities are supported by WELS, Kingdom Workers, and donations from our church body around the world. We appreciate their love in Christ.

Another problem continues. Radiation effect from Fukushima. We don’t have certain and newest information. It is worse than the nuclear disaster of Russia. 4 broken nuclear plants remain and no solution. I personally bring kids to hospital to check their effection (effects from exposure). The problem is getting bigger and bigger.

Thank you for your support and keep us in your prayers. 

In our faithful servant Jesus Christ!

For more information our work in Japan:  CELC and Grace

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in japan

 

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

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We continue to thank the Lord for his abundant blessings: light/day (30), darkness/night (29), sky (28), dry land/earth (27), water/seas (26), vegetation (plants with seeds, trees, & fruit trees) (25), sun to rule the day (24), moon & stars to rule the night (23), fish & creatures of the sea (22), birds of the air (21), domestic and wild animals both great and small (20), people (19), promise of the Savior (18), food (17), shelter (16), clothing (15), rain (14), culture (13), technology (12), travel (11), hardships and trials (10), safety (9), friendships (8), Christian fellowship – Unity in Christ (7), worship (6), loving families (5), spouse (4), unconditional love (3), God’s Word (2), and most importantly eternal life in heaven to all who believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior (1).

All Praise and Thanks Be to God!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. – Psalm 100:4-5 

Due to an unexpected situation, we’ve taken a pause on posting content. We plan to continue sharing our family and ministry experiences from Latin America in the new year!

 

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Kingdom Workers

Recently, I accepted a part-time position with Kingdom Workers (KW) in the area of international communication!!!

This non-profit organization is always close to my heart. The supporters and members of Kingdom Workers made it possible for me to serve as a volunteer internationally in Japan, Malawi, Dominican Republic, & Mexico and domestically in the Berkshire Mountains-Massachussettes, New Orleans-Louisana, & Asheville-North Carolina.

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Photo taken last April at the Kingdom Workers’ National Workshop. It was a great event and opportunity to reconnect with my dear friend Kathy, who is currently serving with her husband in Malawi as volunteer field managers for KW short-term mission projects.

If you are in the La Crosse area in Wisconsin this April, Friday and Saturday (April 5-6, 2013), I encourage you to attend Kingdom Workers 13th Biennial Convention. Click here to register!

My apologies for my recent lack of posts. I am doing my best to get up to speed in this new position to encourage other volunteers to serve and promote their efforts!

All thanks and praise be to God!

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in dominican republic, japan, malawi, mexico, usa

 

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¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!

Merry Christmas to All and Greetings from Mexico! – Sunday School Students

May these special joyous greetings warm your hearts as you remember:

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” — Luke 2:11-12

 

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Week Six – Missionary Mix

The week began with a meeting led by Multi-Language Publications (MLP). Participants included several staff from MLP and WELS world missionaries.  All members bringing both publication and ministry experience from around the world. The purpose of the group is to explore possible new cross-cultural Sunday School materials in different languages (with help from MLP’s team of translators) for use in our mission fields.

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The rest of the week took Nate and me to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA for the 49th Annual Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society (LWMS) Convention.

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We cherished each moment with our dear supporters and fellow missionaries. Many new faces that we enjoyed meeting for the first time along with reunions with long-time friends we haven’t seen for over 10 years.

We enjoyed hearing how our God reigns in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Native America, North America, and the Caribbean through mission presenters, workshops, and displays. It is amazing to hear how stateside congregations are using cross-cultural materials and programs to reach out to world mission fields in their own neighborhoods.

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We thank all our dear LWMS friends for their support in prayers, offerings, and service. Special thanks to all those involved in the convention preparations.  We greatly appreciate your detailed efforts!

Please continue to pray for all our missionaries and the souls we continue to serve with your support.

Learn more about our convention experience at www.latteontheroad.blogspot.com/2012/06/our-god-reigns.

 

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Pascua de la Resurreccion

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!”

So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in.  Then Simon Peter, who was behind him, arrived and went into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there,  as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus’ head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen. Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. (They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.)

Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?”  “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. “Woman,” he said, “why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for? Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet returned to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’”

Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that he had said these things to her.

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”

 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”

 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you maybelieve that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.  — John 20

 

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