Deb, a dear friend on the PWOC Central Region board, likes to ask us for 3 ups and 3 (not sure what she calls them, not downs but things that could be improved) after various events.
Tonight I'm going to share 3 ups...
1. Misawa had discontinued the Space A flights due to budget cuts. As of Oct, they will have them back. This is HUGE - it means we can fly back to the states for $30 and then buy domestic tickets to wherever we need to get, instead of paying $12 - 18,000 to fly. This makes the distance from loved ones seem much closer.
2. Mike was given an old minivan by a chapel attendee. The idea is that this takes the pressure off having to buy something NOW and allows me to have input in the decision on the family purchase.
And a BIG one! I could have done it. I would have done it....but I don't have to do it!!!!
3. Some who read comments may have seen Kim comment. Kim's sister, Kathy, and I were roommates at college. Kim has been living in Japan for a long time (decades I think). She's married to Ryu, who told her to "go take care of them (us)." Kim informs me that her family will meet us when we come through customs. They will stay at the same hotel as us and will make sure we get on the shuttle to Haneda for our flight to Misawa. I am so humbled. I am grateful beyond measure. God has taken care of this so beautifully. I'm excited to meet Kim's family on THIS trip....She tells me they will take care of us Japanese style. I haven't a clue what that means but the idea that they would go this expense and bother to minister to me is surely above and beyond anything I expected. Maybe this sort of brotherly kindness is the Japanese style.
See? The joyful reaping is already starting.....
~ Coram Deo ~
Living all of life before the face of God...