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• Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Happy Easter!
-From our family to yours!

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, thought he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” – John 11:25

…but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:8

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5


• Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Hard to believe, but E turned 1! We are so blessed by our daughter and were excited to celebrate.  Since Saturdays are English we held a birthday party with all of our English students.  It was a fun gathering and an insight for our students into American culture.

We also celebrated again with a play group at a local cafe.  This group is half ex-pats and half Japanese women who enjoy speaking English.  Within the group seven babies all turned 1 within a month of each other.  It was fun to get together for the celebration.

Please continue to pray for E’s growth in grace!

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

E's Birthday

• Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Our newest family photo!


• Friday, July 05th, 2013

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.

Bicycle for 3

• Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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!


• Sunday, April 28th, 2013

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.


Group Shot


Pastor Announcing the Baptism and Singing Amazing Grace

Part of the Baptism Message

• Sunday, April 14th, 2013

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)

Paul Preaching

Paul Preaching


• Tuesday, April 09th, 2013

Our latest family photo.

Family Photo

• Friday, February 15th, 2013

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!

• Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

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.

Balloon Artist

Blowing Up Balloons

Drawing Faces

Group with Balloons

Balloons to Take Home

• Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for you!

Thanksgiving 2012

• Saturday, August 25th, 2012

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.



Enjoying the Game

• Friday, July 13th, 2012

In July we were blessed with a visit from Cathalain’s parents for two weeks. This enabled Cathalain and I to take a mini three day vacation to Lake Biwa, the largest lake in Japan. We had a great time relaxing, fishing, and of course a side trip to Costco. Tobin had a great time with his grandparents while we were gone! I really don’t think he even missed us much.

We are very thankful for all of my in-laws help and enjoyed spending time showing them around our area after we returned from our trip.


Dinner with Friends
One evening we went to a traditional Family Sushi Restaurant. The owner’s son is a friend of a friend. Many of the ladies at dinner attend either Cathalain’s Bible Study or Michael’s English class.

Lunch with Friends
A good friend invited us to a lunch cooked by her Taiwanese friend. We were blessed to meet many new ladies and have a delicious lunch!

• Sunday, April 08th, 2012

Christ Has Risen! He Has Risen Indeed!  Happy Easter or イースターおめでとうございます!

Family Shot

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• Wednesday, April 04th, 2012

Today I was able to go with two language school friends and venture to the new Costco in Kyoto. For us Costco is a 2.5 hour+ drive with very expensive tolls, around $100 round trip. (My friends and I also did some sightseeing, which I will post in a separate posting.)

Costco is really “little America” and it is such a blessing to find cheese, turkey, and other items we just can’t buy elsewhere.  The prices are around 50% off regular grocery stores so worth the quarterly trip!

The surprising observation is how little the Japanese buy.  The store was PACKED yet the Japanese would leave with maybe 5-6 items at max.  When eating pizza it was easy to spot my cart in the sea of carts.  The checkout ladies who were loading my cart kept apologizing because they struggled to make it all fit.  I just smiled and enjoyed feeling very American!


Ultra Windy Day


Unlimited Soda...unheard of in Japan!!!


When Leaving the Receipt Checker told me I was a "Good Customer!"



Real Pizza!!!