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Taming your inbox

November 16, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Email has been around since the ‘70s. At first, its use was limited to the military and other professionals, but today billions of users send billions of emails every day. I have more email accounts […]

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Protecting the privacy of others

November 10, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

I’ve gotten myself in trouble a couple of times by not respecting people’s privacy online. On social media and even in emails it’s easy to make mistakes we later deeply regret. Have you considered how […]

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Seeing beyond the stereotypes

October 26, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 1

I received a lot of advice from others, both while preparing to come to Japan as a missionary and after arriving. Although much of it was helpful, I discovered that many people harbored prejudices against […]

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Gift-giving in Japan

September 19, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

As a child, I had heard tales of Hudson Taylor “going native” by wearing Chinese clothes and even a pigtail. That brings up an important question: how much should we as missionaries comply with the […]

Culture

The importance of face in Japan

June 2, 2017 JAPAN HARVEST 0

The importance of showing face I remember attending my first pastors’ retreat 36 years ago in Hokkaido with JECA pastors and OMF missionaries. My Japanese was limited, the topics challenging, and I floundered. While enjoying […]

Culture

Independent, not self reliant

February 18, 2017 Elena Kua 0

Two missionaries had high blood pressure,” I reported, “because they ate instant noodles every day.” My husband nodded gravely. “What else did you learn?” I recited the alliteration of doom that befalls some missionaries: “depression, […]

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Doing mission when you’re not a missionary

February 18, 2017 Ruth Cooper 0

As a pastor’s kid, I grew up listening to missionaries ‌by the boatload. They were the super Christians— translating the Bible, preaching to the masses, and saving the savages. Although (typically) badly dressed and over-enthusiastic […]