Thursday, April 3, 2014

March Happenings!!

I cannot believe it has been almost 2 months since we've blogged to our friends and family.  We have had whirl wind of activity over the past few months.  Our partner, Andrea Haddock, arrived on 20 February - along with a Christian worship rock & roll band called The New Divide.  This started about 45 days of continual visitors.  We have learned that the Lighthouse is not only a refuge for our navy friends and family, but for ministries that come to Japan too.  Since our arrival last summer, we have hosted the African Children's Choir, The New Divide, Covenant Players and  people that come to visit their Navy family & friends.

Andrea exploring Japan
Andrea has jumped right into the mix of things.  We absolutely LOVE her.  She is beginning to disciple people, to help with planning events & excursions and embracing other ministry opportunities.  We really believe that God is going to use her in a mighty way as part of the Yokosuka Lighthouse team.

We continue to host a busy ministry.  We love the people that God is bringing through our doors.  We have folks that are just exploring their spirituality and what does being a Christian mean; we have people that have been walking with Christ for a few years and folks who are very mature in their faith. It's exciting to see how the Lighthouse community really loves one another and embrace each other right where they are at.  

The New Divide
We have enjoyed being able to open our doors to support some other Christian ministries.  The New Divide spent two weeks with us as they toured Japan.  It was a joy to partner with them as they reached out to American and Japanese people.
Mt. Fuji

Cathy had the opportunity to speak at a women's retreat.  The retreat center was located on a lake at the base of Mt. Fuji.  We had about 35 ladies that participated and it was a great time together.

We also are enjoying a very nice Spring.  It is Cherry Blossom season here in Japan.  Here is a picture of our tree from our patio.  What a great reminder of the creativity of our Lord!  

We are enjoying our time in Japan.  It has it's challenges, but many more blessings!!  Thanks for your friendship & prayers.