“For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” 2 Cor. 2:15
Japan is very different from the US, especially California in many ways, but one of the most pronounced in my mind, is that we have real seasons. Everything follows the changes in weather. There are different foods, social gatherings, manners of dress, sounds and smells. Because of the hot humid weather in summer, there are many different insects and especially mosquitoes. Japanese use special insect repelling incense to repel these pests, its smell wafting through the streets and byways.
“And there will be great earthquakes in various places, and famines and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and great signs from heaven.”
From Belind’s Desk: Last summer, just after the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan, I was able to participate in several Operation Safe children’s trauma training seminars. Last month, during our spring break I had the opportunity to go up to Ishinomaki and actually participate in the program itself.
“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.“
I John 1:5
God speaking into His creation and manifesting Himself into His creation is more than just “turning the lights on”. When you consider that in a three dimensional world, where length, width, and height are possible, what is also possible is the ability to experience the concept of relationship, one thing to another, and in our human experience, one person to another.