The Birth of Ramona Rahab

The Birth of Ramona Rahab

Felicity has taken some time to write up her VBAC birth story for those of you who are interested.. On July 7th, four days past my due date, I went in for my 15th ultrasound to monitor my amniotic fluid level, which had been low. My fluid level still looked good, but her heart rate […]

What Missionaries Can Learn From NPR About Fundraising

What Missionaries Can Learn From NPR About Fundraising

It is that time again – NPR is taking time out of every program this week for their fall fundraising campaign.  I love NPR.  I listen to it in the kitchen, in the car, while I work, all day.  Last year we began giving to NPR.  Before that time, I was tempted to whine inwardly […]

Missional Mothering in Japan

Missional Mothering in Japan

Being a stay at home mom did not feel quite natural for me for the first two or three years. Ok, so it’s only been three years, and I still feel uneasy at times. I grew up knowing…I don’t think any…stay at home moms, and until college I rarely stepped into a home with biological […]

Tom Cruise and Jesus in Japan

Tom Cruise and Jesus in Japan

If you are Japanese you’re more likely to be familiar with Tom Cruise than with Jesus Christ.  (Click the title to watch the video.) Fellow MTW missionaries, Roger and Abi Lowther, took it to the streets to interview a few groups of Japanese people in Ginza (the site of Grace City Church, one of the […]

Michael Oh Challenges College Students to Go to Japan

Michael Oh Challenges College Students to Go to Japan

Two of our worlds collided when Dr. Michael Oh came to San Diego last week to be a key speaker at Cru’s San Diego Winter Conference. Michael Oh has in recent years become a strong, visible advocate for missions in Japan.  He is an MTW missionary  who founded Christ Bible Seminary in Nagoya a few […]

Why Tokyo?

Why Tokyo?

Tim Keller speaks to the importance of reaching Tokyo.  Take three minutes to watch the whole video.  (Click the title, “Why Tokyo?”)

Prayer is the Work

Prayer is the Work

Many years ago I remember my youth pastor saying, “Prayer is the Work.”  He taught this to those of us who stayed home in Houston while the rest of the youth went down to Mexico for the annual summer mission trip. We gathered together to pray for them everyday they were gone. I didn’t understand this phrase then, […]

Is Spirituality on the Rise in Japan?

Is Spirituality on the Rise in Japan?

An interesting editorial was published on the Japan Times online over the weekend – Spirituality is on the rise in Japan.  According to the national livelihood survey done by the Cabinet Office, 64% of Japan are now looking to the spiritual sphere of their lives for fulfillment instead of the material.  The article corroborates what many […]

The World’s Worst Missionary – Why We Named Our Son Jonah

The World’s Worst Missionary – Why We Named Our Son Jonah

One good friend jokingly asked me, “Why would you name your son after the world’s worst missionary?” A fair question. My response was, “but the Lord used him to initiate perhaps the greatest revival the world has ever seen.” While this is an exciting aspect of Jonah’s life and ministry, it is not exactly why […]

The Biggest Barriers to Church Growth in Japan

The Biggest Barriers to Church Growth in Japan

“Why is missions in Japan so difficult?”  This is a common question we get asked as we talk to those here in the church in America about the need for laborers to be sent to Japan. Some missiologists consider Japan the most difficult mission field in the world.  It is a worthwhile question to ask, […]