Thursday, December 18, 2008

The Things that Matter Most…

When it all comes down to it, the only answer I really have to give anymore is my salvation in Jesus. It truly is the only thing that matters the most to me. My life has been getting more and more involved in my plans to go overseas this coming summer. I am preparing myself for what could be the absolute biggest thing in my life, and I couldn’t be happier about it. I am prepared for the challenges and all of the preparation and planning that goes into that endeavor in a way I can’t even begin to explain. Last week I had the chance to start a serious round of Rosetta Stone Lessons for Japanese. My internship to Japan is less than 6 months away. I have $4 saved towards the trip, which is nothing when you really think about it, but I am only $4496 away from reaching my goal of going to Japan. My letters will be out in the mail after Christmas (for obvious reasons), and then the real adventure of putting my trust in the God who provides will come to fruition. Right now I am in Orlando, Florida on vacation with my family. We were able to get a really great deal on a condo and now we are in the process of cooking dinner. We have been able to spend 2 days at Disney (well for me anyway) and now my parents, grandma, and nephews are down at the pool area while I have some time to myself to enjoy before heading back to reality tomorrow in West Palm Beach.

I am happy that Christmas is around the corner. I can’t wait for it to be over. The pressures of the holiday season are getting to me. It’s really hard when you don’t have a lot of money to your name. You are at a loss of what to do for gifts and money is tight, especially seeing how you are in College on a full-time basis. That basically means that life is incredibly hard. I had a really good birthday, and I took people’s advice and spent the money on myself and things that I wanted and needed. Whenever I am watching TV, I come across some commercials for gifts and such, and I get a sickening feeling in my stomach. I want to be able to buy gifts for people in my family and I can’t do it. It hurts me really bad. I wish I could be able to buy my mom some new perfume and gift cards to the movies for a date night for my parents. I know that they tell me “It’s okay, and that I don’t have to buy them anything”, but I wish I really could do it.
Me and my mom are going over to find a Christmas tree this Saturday. Having a real tree will be a first for us; we haven’t done that since 1992. I am so happy about that. Real trees make Christmas better and I would be happy doing that every year of my life once I have a family of my own. I don’t have a family of my own right now, but someday I will.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Why I'm going to Japan...

Tonight I had the chance to sit down and watch the 2008 Singing Christmas Tree. This made my 9th Tree I have seen since becoming a member of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. This had to have been the absolute best tree I have ever seen since I started seeing them. I have come to accept the fact that I won't be experiencing a White Christmas anymore. Anyway, getting back to what I was talking about, why I am going to Japan. I sat down and started watching Act 2 of the Tree, and watched the story of Creation and how Jesus made a plan to save humanity. You watch him get crucified, and while I was hearing the nails get pounded into his arms over and over again, I could see the city of Tokyo, and all of the people I am going to eventually meet, and their need to accept Jesus, and then it hit me. This is why I am doing everything that I do. Why I am in ministry, why I go to Boyce, why I want to go to Japan, is because of Jesus. It's all about him.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

We Three Kings...

I am in disbelief of where I currently sit as I write this blog post. I am home in Florida. I feel like the Hobbits in Lord of the Rings as they returned home from Minas Tirith in the realm of Gondor. They were in a place where they were needed, but they had the desire to return home, and they finally did. I was blown away by the kindness of the workers currently in the employ of Delta airlines. I got to the airport on Tuesday December 2nd in Louisville, Kentucky expecting to be delayed. I was supposed to be on a flight to Atlanta tha would leave at 11:27am, I look up at the board to see it isn't leaving until 11:58am. There are 2 gates where I was waiting for my flight, and to my right, there was a flight to Atlanta leaving at 10:25am, and I walked up to the desk and begin talking to the service person. I showed him my flight itinerary, and he put me on the flight that was leaving at 10:25am. I was able to get to Atlanta with about 2 hours to spare. How great God is! I am home now, on vacation until school starts back up for me on January 12th for a January term class. I am very excited to be finishing up this year, just because of what awaits me at the ending of the school year when I finally do end up going to Japan. I was very happy with the way church turned out today. I get to services and saw the 3 kings scene from the Singing Christmas Tree and was able to talk to some friends I haven't seen in such a long time. I was talking with a friend, Donavan, who was telling me he was interested in doing missions in Japan (just like me) and I gave him the information for the program I had already applied and been accepted to. God has been good to me so far, and I am happy that no matter how crazy bad I think my life is, which it rarely is, my life is so much better!

Monday, November 17, 2008

I Need the Consuming Fire

There are times in my life where God is needed the most. I just need to keep reminding myself that I have the awesome heavenly father who sees me when I am suffering and I am in pain, and I have my dry times in my faith, because I need his help on a 24/7/365 Basis. I need God to take breaths, I need God to walk, I need God to sing, I need God to laugh, I need God to love me! "Yesterday was a day that I was alone, now I'm in the Prescence of Almighty God! Yes our God, he is a Consuming Fire and his flames, burn down deep in my soul." I need that Fire in my life constantly, I need to be reminded of the fact that I am set apart, and God has saved me. He loved me when I was unlovable, and carried me out of the darkness. The Greatest Thing that there could ever be is that Jesus loves me! Japan is almost 7 months away, and I pray that God will shape me into a better man for his service when the time comes, I really could use his guidance on this journey. I have been to Japan once, but now it just seems like a memory in my mind that I'm slowly loosing, but I will be gaining it all back. 3 months in Tokyo, can you really believe that when you hear me say it? It's almost like it isn't real, but it is! It's more of a "surreal" moment for me. Anyway, I am not joking here, when I say that I got no sleep tonight. It is now 6:37 am, and I didn't go to sleep, I have been up studying for a final I have today, and that's at 2:30pm!!!!!!!1 :( I can't even go to sleep until after it's over with. But I'll be waiting to jump into bed once I'm done with the test. I may not even get up until the next morning after that. Until then, PEACE!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Time has Come

It has really come down to this last defining moment. God's hand is moving in my life and there is no turning back now. The IMB has passed their judgment and I am going to Tokyo, ladies and gentlemen. The missionary came to the conclusion that I was exactly what God wanted in Japan this summer, and I am very happy to say that I can really be in Japan for the summer of 2009. I was so reluctant at first that God was going to do something amazing in my life, but the reality of the matter is that I don't have any excuse not to trust God. I am praying that God will prove himself Jehovah Jireh and provide above and beyond what I need to be able to go on this trip to JAPAN this summer. Holy Crap. I'm really going to Japan.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Midnight Jazz sessions

This is my life. This is the life that God has given me. I sit here in this coffeeshop in downtown Louisville thinking to myself that this is reality. I am here, and I am doing what God has called me to do. Almost 3 years ago, I wouldn't have expected to be here, sitting here, writing this, but now; I am. My life is great, and God is moving in my life. I am taking the time to sit and write this. I can't believe that school will be over in another few weeks, then I can finally read for fun again. I would love to write some more, but I have to get this reading done. Sorry. I'll write again soon.


P.S. Please keep praying for me, as God's hand is with the IMB in making their decision to approve me for the position in Japan.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Twilight Hours

It's really late right now. I have so much trouble sleeping. :( I guess I have a lot of things on my mind now a days. I just got notice from the missionaries I'll be working for that I was approved by the field, so the next step is to get approval from the International Mission Board. I could really use your prayers right now. I am having battles in my mind over health and all sorts of things. I'm the world's biggest hypocondriac, so naturally I think everything that's wrong with me is something worse than it actually is, but I seriously need to take a closer look at my health. I am currently on Weight Watchers, so please pray that God gievs me the willpower and the desire to keep up with it. My health is going to be a vital part of being a part of minstry over in Japan, so I really need to be thinking how I cna help myself. But please keep me in your prayers, I really could just have people praying for me on a consistant basis.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Midnight Hours

Okay, so it's 2:30am. I slept for about 3 hours tonight. I got home from church at 8pm, from the drama practice, and now I'm up and wide awake. Tomorrow morning, I have a busy day. I have to go up to Indiana tomorrow morning, and plus I have a ton of homework that I still have to get done. Tuesday is my first day of job training with the dining services here on campus, which makes me happy because I don't have to leave Campus anymore when I work, and I don't have to worry about the bank being closed because my paychecks are through direct deposit. The whole week is going to be busy, but I am still enjoying myself in college. So I am actually going to try and go back to bed, that way I can be up and go have breakfast tomorrow morning, with a tiny lick of sanity.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

I've finally reached "Eventually"

I'm sorry it took me so long to write on my blog. It was almost a month ago, from my last post. I don't really have a good enough excuse. I waste my time with other things, but that's okay I guess. When you're in college, your life is occupied with everything from church to your social life and everything that can fit in that very wide spectrum. I've made a lot of new friends this semester, and today was just a great day for me. We had the Seminary's Fall Kick Off today, and I went to it, expecting it to be perfect outside, only to be disappointed with the light drizzle that has become the opening week of September. It's not a bad tradeoff considering that there are 3 hurricanes lurking around my home state of Florida. I talked to my parents and told them that they should come to Louisville if the situation calls for it. It's a great move, because if there is a Category 4 or 5 hurricane aimed to hit West Palm Beach, chances are, our house won't be around for it. (Pretty scary thought).

School has become a week of savage beatings, one right after another. Especially on Thursdays, it is the busiest day of the week for me. I am working on different projects, and doing different activities with my church. Valley View Church has a drama ministry with its Middle/High School students, that I am teaching on Sunday nights. So I am happy that I'll be over at the church this coming weekend. In addition to this, I am planning a mission trip with my hypothetical youth group to Greece. The binder for this particular class project is about 3 inches thick worth of materials that have to go into it. It has 12 sections, and I'm only on the 3rd one. Everything up to the third section, is due the first week of October for my mid-term. I'm having a lot of fun with that, I mean come on, how many people can write letters to a minsitry organization in Greece that's on Thessalonica. Knowing that the Apostle Paul wrote one of his famous letters to the church there, and I can say myself that I've written a letter to the same place. That's really cool to me.

I am also trying to keep up with some pleasure reading as well as my major, endless reading for school; the TWILIGHT series. I'm a Harry Potter junkie so hearing books along the same line as the Wizarding world sparks my interest. It's the story of a girl who falls in love with a vampire. I know, the first thought you will have is a cheesy romance novel. NOT SO!!!!!!!! It's awesome! If its being made into a movie, which it is, in November. I suppose that's why the 6th Harry Potter movie has been moved back to July of 2009. I hated hearing that! It should have been out in November.

My blog is supposed to be about my ministry experiences in Japan, but as of right now, I am still waiting to hear back from the IMB, so there really isn't anything to tell. I am going out tomorrow night for my friend Gus' birthday. I'll tell you about that tomorrow!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

School back in swing

It's a Thursday afternoon, do you know where your teachers are?
Well, today is actually a faculty staff day, so I am fortunately not in class, where I should be right about now. But I am enjoying the fact that I don't have to be there. But I still have homework, nonetheless. It's crazy! School's already a week in. I was back home 2 weeks ago, that's the crazy part. I was leaving to come here. That's what boggles my mind.

I'll write again eventually.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

City Nights

Tonight had to be one of the most enjoyable for me. I was walking with a group of friends in downtown Louisville on the Waterfront. It is absoultely amazing at night because the view of the city is fantastic. I've missed that. I grew up near one of the biggest cities in the world, and now I find myself longing for that life over and over and over again. It's another indication of what is inevitably to come in my life, moving to Tokyo. I have the persona of a city slicker, and I am very proud of it. Seeing bright lights of a city is a relaxing image to me.

I am back in my dorm and thinking to myself how overwhelming things are going to be this semester. But then I stopped and realized how much faith I have that God will see me through. God has held my hand these past 2 years of school, and I don't think that he is going to stop anytime soon. That is why he is God. He is behind me in everything I do, and he stands by me when I am falling, when I am no good. That's what makes him the amazing father that he is. He is the daddy that picks us up and puts us on his shoulders when we can no longer stand. I am leaning on that knowledge, so I can face this semester without fear.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Start All Over

Well here I am. I am back in Louisville, KY, and am about to start my junior year at Boyce College. I have a full week of vacation pretty much since nobody is here yet. There are only a handful of people that are actually on campus. Most of them are student leaders, but I had to be here because of the emergency situation. My family is going to be in Israel on business until the end of August. But I am here, and I will be enjoying every minute of this. I'm sorry this can't be longer, but I have to finish getting dressed. I am going out with some friends for his birthday today. I will write again later.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Beginning of the End...

Okay, I know that the blog subject has a clearly depressing title, so I will quickly explain that. I am leaving to return to Louisville 1 week from this Thursday (the 31st). The reason being my family is going over to Israel on business, and school starts on August 11th. Normally we would go up the weekend before that Monday so as to get acclimated to school, but unfortunately, that process has to be incredibly rushed. I wish it didn't have to be, but the truth is, I really can't take any more of this sunshine. It makes me sick!!!!!!!!

I want to be in a different climate again. I want the cold, I want the seasons, I want my freedom back. This is why that I've decided to come home for shorter periods of time from now on. I am only coming home this coming Christmas for 2 weeks. I am planning on taking a D-Term class for a week, so I can knock out a class and get it over with. HECK YEAH.

Remember how I wrote that I was reading books? Well this was long before I started working, and the second that happened, I suddenly lost all desire to read. It's sad, but the truth is I just don't have much free time as I did before. So maybe once school starts back up, that won't be too much of an issue to read again.

Until July 31st then...

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The News for July

There has been so much swirling around in my mind. I have been so busy with work, things have been a little crazy in my life. I am getting myself prepared for the return to Louisville, which is in exactly 25 days. I will begin my junior year at Boyce on August 11th. It's scary to think that I only have 2 more years to go. I wish it could be longer, so I will have to make the most of the time that I have. Florida is nice, but I really need to consider shortening my stays back home in West Palm Beach. I am planning on coming home for Christmas, but only for 2 weeks, that way I can get back up to school and work, and be in Louisville. Anyway, I am enjoying my weekend off. PEACE!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Florida Twisters

Okay, so yeah, there is really horrible weather outside, but that doesn't excuse me from blogging after about 2 weeks. I needed to do this. NOW THAT I HAVE MY JOB BACK. Yeah, it finally happened and now I have something to really celebrate in my life. But that's just one of the few things I could celebrate over. My salvation in Jesus is the best thing in my life I have to celebrate. I haven't been celebrating that in my life recently, but I really do have to try to make it a priority to say that my life is a celebration worth talking about!

Okay, so yeah, last thursday, June 12th, I got my job back at my home church, First Baptist of West Palm Beach, and I have been enjoying every minute of it. Today, June 18th is my day off from work. So I took it upon myself to do some blogging as well as getting stuff done before I go to church for College Bible Study. It's a great feeling having a day off and sleeping in. Normally because of work, I will have to be up at 6:15 in order to be at work to start at 8am. It's torterous, because I have been home for about a month and a half now, and I wasn't working for that first month. It was interesting, having nothing to do, and now, that I am working full-time, that has changed quite a bit. It's only a matter of time before I am back at school, wishing I was here in West Palm Beach.

Well today, the weather channel issued a Tornado Warning. I haven't seen rain like this since the hurricanes hit a few years ago. Thank God we haven't seen anything severe since 2005 when Wilma hit, but it can only leave you to wonder what's coming.

I am more concerned about what's going on in Washington. President Bush went before Congress to ask them to lift the ban on deep sea drilling near the U.S. Coast. It is pathetic, the democrats don't want to do anything about this! It's like they are blind to the idea of lower gas prices. McCain even said that he would help out with lowering the prices. People need to do something about this, it is ridiculous!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Weekend Excitement

Okay, this makes my life a whole lto easier. Having only one blog and one "social outlet". MySpace cannot compare to Facebook, and now this blog can comense into more serious business. I am moving along with book reading. 2 books on Japan, 2 spiritual growth books, and a novel that I find quite enjoyable actually. You may think of it as a burnout, but if you break the books down the way that I said you should, you shouldn't have too much of a problem getting through it. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

I should be starting work this week. It is so amazing how God has us waiting and waiting for things to turn around in our life, and then they work out just when it needs to. God had things all waiting for it to be worked out in my favor and then he lets things happen just at the right time. I praise him for that. The fact that he held me together and put my life into the place it needed to be was a great thing for me.

Anyway, about this post and my new place as a blogger. This page is better for me, because MySpace had so many complicated things on it, things that I really didn't need, so now I just have Facebook. Facebook is where most of my friends are anyway, so if you ever want to find me, now you'll know how to.

I am in the process of reading a gaggle of books, like I had mentioned in my last blog, so here's the books:

by James L. McClain

by Patrick Smith

by John Piper

by Jeremy S. Begbie

by Paul Meier and Robert Wise

(This is a 3-part book series about the End Times, 3rd Millennium is Part 1)

I highly recommend making a long book list like mine and read over this summer. It's good for your brain.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Life's Unexpected Twists

Well first and foremost, I made the decision to get rid of my MySpace page. I saw absolutely no use for it anymore, because Facebook has become the more dominating medium for all of my social interaction on the computer. It's amazing what happens when technology amps itself up a step further to get our attention. I am serious about all of this. It helps to have something a little bit better than MySpace. Anyway, I am working on doing a ton of reading this summer. It's been fun as heck doing some reading for fun. I actually promised myself I would read stuff I wanted to read this summer, and that is exactly what I'm doing.

Here's my strategy in case you ever want to try it...

1) Get a piece of paper
2) Write down the names of books you want to read
3) Open to the table of contents and look at how many chapters are in each book
4) Write down the numbers of those chapters beneath each title
5) With each day, mark off a number for each chapter until each one is finished.

Try it out and see for yourself

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Getting yourself closer to God

I have so much trouble these days doing that. I need to come to a point where I am just crying out to God, and wanting to spend time with him, and I am sorry to say that I haven't been doing that so much lately. I am having this blog "Japanese Missionary Extraordinaire" as my title, and yet I don't even have it in me to have a quiet time every once in a while. I have to work, and I mean work hard at keeping myself on the game. I am already dead spiritually. Pastors from years ago told me that you have to have spiritual food before you could even consider having physical food. You just have to put that first on your plate. Always commit to that, each and every day of your life.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

LOST my inspiration

I am watching the season finale of Lost right now. I am at a loss for words to describe it. And the scary thing is, it's not over yet. There is so much more to it. There were 71 known survivors of Oceanic Fligth 815 at the time of the crash. Then there were only 6 of them. (For those of you who are trying to get into the show, I don't recommend reading this). Through a very twisted and confusing series of events, 6 people total from the original crash make it off the island alive.

For a long time, I believed the island to be purgatory. The place that people await judgment before they go to either Heaven or Hell. Unfortunately, this is a warped perception of reality, because there is no mid-point in between Heaven or Hell, there's no looking back, there's just one stop.

It's sad to think that there are actually people that believe that you can wait for your judgment to be decided by God.

This life is fleeting by the minute, and it only comes down to a choice, Heaven or Hell. Rejection or Acceptance, Jesus' arms are wide open and waiting for you to jump into them (or not). The choice is yours, which one, is up to you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Trust in the Lord

How hard is it for me to say that statement these days? I find that becuase I am still 3 weeks into the summer without work, it makes my dependance on God kind of hard. God has everything in this universe under control, but I find it so hard to trust his judgment in my life sometimes. God can do whatever he wants in my life, so I will just continue to leave this up to him.

Right now I am watching the anime TV show, Wolf's Rain. It takes place 200 years in the future. Wolves have been extinct, and now, somehow, they have come back to life, and the end of the world has begun. Somehow, the wolves know how to find "Paradise" and are disgusing themselves as human beings to make them less noticable. If they were to be caught, they could be sold for high prices, after they had been killed and stuffed. The 2 protaganists of the story, Higa and Kiba are traveling to paradise together. They encounter all sorts of people, all trying to find Paradise too.

In a way, Wolf's Rain reminds me of the Christian life. Its a struggle for people to find their way into the Paradise that waits for them at the end of the road. God wants us to go through with our struggles because there is a great reward waiting for us at the end.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Japanese Obsession

It's only going to grow more and more, as I travel further down the road. Japan has become everything I can think of. I love to watch Anime, I love Japanese things, and I love to read about Japan. Since I've been home from school, I've taken 6 books out of the library and I've already read one of the them, and am now working on a second one. I must confess, since I started going to Boyce 2 years ago, I barely had the time to do any reading for fun, so being able to pick up a book to read it was a great thing for me, I'm really enjoying that. In addition to the book "Japan: A Modern History" by James L. McClain, I am reading a great series of books by Paul Meier called the Millenium series. It is the story of a family of Jewish believers who were Left Behind and left on earth during the end times. Don't confuse them with the Left Behind books, because this author's theology on the end times is different. LaHaye (the Left Behind author) believes in a pre-Tribulation period rapture, and Meier's idea is a mid-trib rapture. Confusing I know, but I am a believer in the Pre-Trib Rapture. The teachings on this theology are very clear, although many hold to different views.

Besides doing reading, I am watching lots of TV and movies, just whatver I can to pass the time these days. So my reading and learning has been all about Japan.

One thing I did do when I got home was take a look at a discipleship plan that I had put together when I was in Personal Evangelism class this past semester. I updated it and put in the books I would have my class read.

"Desiring God" by John Piper

"Spiritual Discipleship" by J. Oswald Sanders

"What's So Amazing about Grace?" by Philip Yancey

These are some of the boosk that I have read in the past view years to help strengthen my walk with the Lord. I hope you read them yourself and study God a little bit deeper because of it.

I will blog again soon.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


It's late on Saturday night, and I happened to watch that movie on TV, and it helped me think about a concept a youth pastor once told me about salvation. Picture Titanic as the World as we know it. We get on board, we go through our lives, eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, have a few parties, and then the end of the world hits (the iceberg). People everywhere are saying "No! Titanic will never sink, it's impossible!" And yet, the boat hit the iceberg, and within 2 hours, it was at the bottom of the ocean. Because the designers saw it unfit to put such a large amount of lifeboats on the deck, they only managed to put 20 boats, each designed to carry the weight of 70 grown men. There was a total of 2200 people (including the crew) onboard the ship. If you do the math, if all the lifeboats were filled with 70 people, there was only enough room for 1400 people. When the lifeboats were lowered, it can be seen as the offering of salvation. People get into the boats, and accept the free gift that Jesus is their Messiah, and believed it to be true. There were crewmembers too. They start to panic and pull out guns trying to keep people away from the lifeboats that can bring them salvation. They try to fight off people from knowing the truth, and can't even save themselves, and they die.

The point is, this sounds too much what the world is like. We have salvation in Jesus, and we have the ability to tell people to get onboard the boat that could save them from death in the icy waters of sin, and yet we can even fight them off like the crewmembers did the passengers with our arrogance and pride. We have to show people that we aren't going to let people stop us from warning people of the dangers that are to come in this life, and what awaits them if they don't get on the boat.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Unwanted Secrets

What would you do, if you heard that everything you ever knew about Japan now, and then there was this whole other side to the Japanese people that you knew absolutely nothing about. I never knew some of the things that I've heard. The Japanese have been hated by the Chinese, Koreans, and Philippinos. How is it, that this country who has the world's biggest city and the most advanced technology around. Yet, like other nations, they have a reason to be hated. The Germans are hated by the Jewish people because of the Holocaust. But there was forgiveness for that. Recently, the Chancellor of Germany met with Israel's Prime Minister and issued a formal apology for the Holocaust. To this day, it is a crime for a German person to deny the Holocaust. They would go to jail for that.

But the trouble is, the things that I've heard about Japan, I just have trouble believing that it ever happened. The Japanese taking people and making them into slaves and stealing Korean girls and making them into prostitutes for the Japanese soldiers. It sounds horrible, but there are somethings that are better left unknown in our lifetimes.

We have to constantly look past the bad things in this world in order for people to see the love of Jesus in our lives. If we didn't do that, people would be dying and going to Hell without ever hearing the name of Jesus. Everything we do in life has to be about Jesus, and that's the only thing that should matter to a true believer.

2008 Boyce Spring Banquet

These are just some pictures from the 2008 Boyce College Spring Banquet. The school has an end of the year celebration ever year. This year (2008) marks the 10th annivesary of the school's inception from the Seminary. We had the banquet at Claudia Sander's Dinner House in the small town of Simpsonville, Kentucky (about 20 minutes outside of Louisville). I've already seen a lot of pictures from some friends' blogs. So I have a lot of excessive catching up to do. So this is just the start of some greater things to come. I don't even think MySpace has this kind of blogging power. Crazy isn't it?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Beginning...

Okay here it goes. I know I have a MySpace and everything, but I want to have a specific blog to deal with my ideas of doing ministry. I haven't had much chance to talk about what I want to do with my life as far as ministry is concerned, but here's how I see it.

God has given me a desire higher than anything I could ever attest to. I want to move to Japan. I love Japanese people. I love their culture, I love the country, and I am heart broken for their lostness. Because of the very bizarre religious practices of Japan, there aren't many believers in the country. Less than 1% of all the people in Japan are evangelical Christians. That's why there is such a great need for the people there. There needs to be people to come into the country who have the desire to see people come to Christ.

This is why I want to devote my life to the Lord in Japan. I will be heading over to Japan in the summer of 2009, to work as an intern for the International Mission Board. This blog will be around to tell people about what I'm doing with my life for the Lord, and to give people ideas about how to practice ministry in a way that will win people to Christ.