News from Japan

Dear Family and Friends around the world

It is Monday morning here, about 5:45 AM. I could not sleep because of the excitement! Yesterday 28 mothers attended the church. There was no advertisement about that meeting because I forgot about May 12th being Mother’s Day! Anyhow, it was so encouraging to us to see these mothers in the church. We honored the Filipino sisters who all have children in the Philippines. This is so common for mothers to have 2 or more children who they see maybe once every 2 or 3 years. Almost from birth they are being raised by grandparents while the parents work abroad to make money to support the family in the Philippines. Tears flowed as these mothers listened to a Mother’s Day song sung in Tagalog. Ruth is like a mother to these mothers: Mom Ruth. So, thank you again for praying for us. Video of Mother’s Day will be next week. Today, part 2 of a great BBQ on May 4th. Next BBQ is June 28th. Wonderful. We love you.