[by Melissa] It has been a month and a half since we arrived here in beautiful Okinawa Japan. And every day we are amazed at God's goodness and provision, and how He answers even the deep prayers and desires of our hearts.
We have only begun language classes this past week, but this past month has been very busy getting so many things, both big and small, set up:
- School and day care for the kids
- Language school registration
- Setting up the house
- Getting to know our new church family
- Finding and plating vehicles
- Learning where things are in our new home
- …and more…
…most of which involved many trips to the same office buildings with paperwork, our wonderful friend to translate for us, and directions from our amazing leaders.
The church held their annual Easter outreach the beginning of March, a big potluck picnic at a great park followed by activities and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. It was great to be a part of this outreach.
We have been doing what we can, but feel so strongly that until we have at least some language under our belts, we will be limited in our ability to minister to the Japanese. This is why we are we are so excited to be starting our language classes!
We love our new church home/family and are so excited to be serving under our Pastors. They have an amazing heart, love and vision for the church, and Okinawa, and we are so thankful to be part of what is happening here! There is so much more yet to come!
Busy, busy, busy! Trying to get our house and our lives set up here has been a wild ride. I have been home with the kids most days while Jeremy is out getting everything done in the community.
Finding the right daycare/preschool for Riah and Ki was an adventure but we finally got them registered, and they started this past week. At first we were a bit torn on where to send Phin for school, but after much consideration, we decided full immersion in the Japanese kindergarten was the best way for her to acclimate to the culture and the language…she starts the 2nd week of April and is so excited!
There are several options for language school for us here, but deciding on which one was the right one for us was a bit tricky. Finally we chose a school that has 6 hours of lessons a week and built in time during the week for speaking practice, just what we needed! We will be attending for 2 months, and will follow that 2 months with private lessons in our home 1x-2x a week. We can't begin to express the relief we feel that we have finally begun the process of learning the Japanese language... And although we know that language learning will be a lengthy pursuit, the first step is to begin.
*kids are enrolled in daycare/school!
*language school has started!
*language learning for us and the kids
*wisdom for the projects we are undertaking
*for the kids as they adjust to daycare/school