Snow Camp!

We are still recovering from snow camp – but in a good kind of way.  Our two nights/three days were SO MUCH FUN – i think for everyone.  We had about fifty attend, and it was a wonderful blend of ages, from very little to high schoolers to  parents in different life stages.  It was unusual in some ways to have afternoons completely free for playing in the snow, going to the onsen, sitting around and talking, playing games…. My prayer for this camp was that participants would:  a) have the funnest time they’ve had in a LONG LONG time, and b) that all would have chances to experience more of the love of Jesus.  I think God answered!

Rather than lots of words, this blog is going to be — lots of pictures.  You can see the snow fun…. One of our staff said on the last day that it was worth it to see the faces of sheer joy as they went down the hill on the intertubes.  I screamed every time – it was as fun as any of my childhood memories.

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It was really fun to do lots of games and skits that participants would NEVER expect!  And what I loved was no matter how crazy they were — everyone was a great sport and willing to do what it took.  Once again– I love seeing the faces of glee…

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The camp staff were so awesome… it is run by two families, and all of the kids in the families are part of the serving staff.  They touched us so much!  They did whatever they could to make sure that everyone had a great time.  Thanks to a scholarship fund that the camp had set up, all of our local Ishinomaki residents/survivors were able to go for an incredibly cheap price, allowing whole families to attend.

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And I think… that in various ways– through the fun, the worship, the times of sharing about God’s immense and gracious love for us… that people experienced God in a new way.   Getting away can be so, so good for the soul.

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Heading to Snow Camp…

I am really thankful for our family and friends of faith who join us across the globe, especially before and during significant events.  We would ask you to pray with us this coming weekend… our Be One team is taking 52 of us to the mountains in Iwate prefecture for snow camp.  They have FIVE FEET OF SNOW there right now!  Woohoo!

We are really excited for this!! Seven of our Nozomi staff and their children/families will be coming;  a number of high schoolers, our regular Sunday morning group, and our staff.  For many, this is a first experience at something like this.  We really want it to be a special time of getting away, having a blast, and experiencing deepening relationships.  We will be gone from Saturday morning until Monday afternoon.  We appreciate your prayers for safety, for great fun!, for God’s work in all of our lives.

Thank you… I will post updates and photos when we return!

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