Suffering As Love

Dear Daniel, Congrats on making it to Tokyo! So glad you’ve arrived after months of training, visa issues, and three years of seminary. I know the sense of accomplishment and anticipation as you stand by the window in your new … Continue Reading →


Saying Sayonara

Missionary life is like being a Disney princess on parade: just keep waving. Goodbye, that is. Sure you say bye to friends and family when you board that plane the first time. But it never ends. Every trip back feels … Continue Reading →


Freedom In Falling Behind

Last Saturday, it all came back when I heard the words: “By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride.” As Josiah lifted Yuko’s veil, her smile erupted into giggling again. … Continue Reading →


See the Story

With half of 2017 over, the best movie I’ve seen this year wasn’t about jazz in LA, nor a Polynesian princess (yes, Disney cartoons release late in Japan). In fact, it wasn’t even the one about persecuted Christians in 17th … Continue Reading →


Where You Go They Will Go

Where You go I will go Where You stay I will stay Where You lead me I’ll remain Though our lands we may leave To each promise we cling In Your presence we find our home When I wrote these … Continue Reading →


Surprising Grace

“Ian, I feel called to be a pastor.” Not the words you typically hear from someone who just came to faith. Two months prior, my friend Maki asked me if I’d meet Yuki, her co-worker. She brought him to my apartment for … Continue Reading →