Daily Life

Protecting the privacy of others

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 […]

Daily Life

Seeing beyond the stereotypes

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 […]

Daily Life

Gift-giving in Japan

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

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 […]

Daily Life

The advantages and drawbacks of independence

Whether we’re independent missionaries or missionaries connected with a missionary organization, we’re all called to trust and depend on Jesus, who said in the Great Commission, “Lo, I am with you always” (Matt. 28:20 KJV). […]

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The good and bad aspects of tentmaking

Looking back to when my husband ‌and I first felt ‌called to the mission field of Japan some 25 years ago, I’m struck by how little we knew. We were young and maybe a bit […]

Culture

Independent, not self reliant

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, […]

Daily Life

Doing mission when you’re not a missionary

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 […]