Monday, May 3, 2010

Last Full Day

Well, it's my last full day in Japan. Today's plans include going to the park to take pictures together, going out for Indian curry one last time, making cookies together for our Good-bye party tonight, having our Good-bye party, and then having lots of girl time all night.
It's so hard to believe that I'm only going to be here just over another 24 hours. Japan has become my home. I love it here. (Yes, there are definately things I'll be glad not to have to deal with when I get home too, but for the most part I love it here.) I am really going to miss my friends and family here. We all really have become a family. It's so hard to think about not seeing Debbie, Kengo, Tatsu, Mark, Yuiko, Tim, Christine, and Hana-chan every week.
It's weird to think that I can't call up Debbie when something huge happens here...or when just the normal every day stuff happens. I'll really miss Debbie. She and I became really great friends while I was here. She is such an amazing woman of God and it has been a blessing to be able to not only work with her, but confide in her and talk with her and laugh with her.
Kengo and Tatsu have become my brothers. They are funny, annoying, and supportive. We all joke around together, have our own inside jokes, pray for each other when we're struggling, and stick by each other no matter what. I have loved seeing them grow in their walks with God, and I can't wait to see how God uses them next.
Mark, Yuiko, and Hana-chan are some of the most important people in my life now. I have learned so much from them and I have loved being able to get to know them. I've learned how to be a strong servant leader and worship leader. They are amazing examples of doing what God wants them to do and having the faith that it takes to keep pressing on even when things get really really hard.
Tim and Christine are such blessings. They are always willing to give up their personal time to help others out. God has used them to touch so many lives here in Japan and I know He'll continue to use them to touch even more lives in the future.
I'm going to miss my family in Japan, but I'm also happy to be going home. It'll be good to be with my family and friends in the States again. I can't wait to see you all!