Our newest family photo!
Our newest family photo!
How do you get around in a big city with two kids? Well, by bicycle of course. Good thing it has a little “assist.” (Basically a little extra push powered via a battery pack.
Since the church is remodeling we were given an old air conditioning unit from the church. We are SO excited to have a cool living room and not have to sweat it out this year like we have in the past! We even bought a fan to circulate the air and Michael not only installed in once, but even moved it when we decided to put the fan in a different location. Summer will not beat us this year!
This week Elisabeth was baptized in our church here in Japan. My dad was able to take part along with Aoki Sensei. We had some friends come from Okazaki which we were very grateful for. They mean a lot to us and it was special to have them come along. Below is a brief video of my father delivering a message as I translate. (Unfortunately, the video cut off before the actual baptism.) Afterward everyone joined in for a celebration lunch.
For those who want to learn more about why we baptize infants we recommend listening to this sermon series by the Pastor Dr. David McWilliams of Covenant Presbyterian Church where he addresses Christian Baptism. This is the most concise and clear explanation we have heard available.
Pastor Announcing the Baptism and Singing Amazing Grace
Part of the Baptism Message
For the next few months my father has been given a sabbatical from his church in Lexington. For part of the time my parents have come to Japan and during their stay are plugging into ministry here in Japan. This past week my father preached, through a translator, at Nisshin Christ Church.
After the service many of the members of our MTW team gathered for a picnic at a local park for a time of fellowship. (pictured below)
Our latest family photo.
Announcing the Birth of Elisabeth Jane Carter
February 15, 2013 @ 11:33am (Japan Time)
Weight: 7#10oz / 3464g
Length: 20.2″ / 51.3cm
Mom and Baby are both healthy. Thank you for your prayers!
Today some of our friends threw us a farewell party. Everyone brought delicious food and one of Cathalain’s friends brought her balloon art kit. Her balloon art skills are incredible and Tobin especially had a blast. He had tons to take home play with.
In many ways it is very hard for use to say good bye to the friends we have made over the last two years. We are so thankful for the community the Lord has provided us.
Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you!
Baseball is one of the most popular sports in Japan. Recently a friend gave us her Uncle’s seasons tickets to a Nagoya Chunichi Dragons game. The team plays in the Nagoya Dome which is fully air conditioned. Since we went for a Saturday afternoon game we were grateful for the air conditioning!! When we arrived, by subway, we were blown away by how incredible our seats were. We were about 14 rows back behind home plate! The game was a lot of fun even though our team lost 1-0. Next time!
Below is a video during one of the chants.