Short Term

Lessons I have learned

April 25, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Scenario: Your church or mission wants to send a short-term worker or team this summer and they have asked you to be in charge. How do you approach this big task? You know that hosting […]

Short Term

Short-term missions: moving forward

April 23, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

You’ve probably seen a kid’s show where the cartoon character is skiing, but then clumsily falls and begins to tumble down the slope. As the character rolls down the mountainside, they become enveloped in an […]

Communication

Take time to listen

March 18, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

When I do premarital counseling, I tell couples to listen, listen, listen to each other. In Japanese, I write kiku, the verb for listen, three different ways, きく、聞く、聴く. In hiragana, kiku has a soft feel. […]

Communication

Prayer letter inspiration

March 11, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

Google “writing inspiration” and you’ll get millions of suggestions. Finding inspiration can be a problem even for full-time writers. So here are some ideas for next time you don’t know where to start on your […]

Culture

Marrying non-believers

February 21, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

“I’m going to get married!” My wife and I rejoice with them at the happy news. But when we enquire who the lucky man is, we discover he’s not a Christian. This scene has been […]

Member Care

Make memorable vacations

February 4, 2018 JAPAN HARVEST 0

The smell of blueberry muffins wafted through cabin 33 at Takayama.1 The girls were called from their beds, “And don’t forget your bathing suits!” Café au lait was in the thermos, while there was hot […]

Daily Life

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 […]

Daily Life

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 […]