Gift Of Grace
... the McBades serving Jesus in Japan
July 24, 2008

Being away from home

It can be so strange being away.  The customs are different, communication is different, expectations are different.  Schedules are busy.  Finding our way from one place to another can be challenging at times. The time zone takes awhile to adjust to and the television is showing strange commercials.  Where are we?  The United States, of course!

We are so blessed to have some time away from the daily flow of ministry in Japan and take some time to visit family and friends and share what God has been doing.  

Our first week here in the U.S. was eventful.  After spending a few days with our precious children and granddaughter, Amelia, a fire broke out in the hills of Santa Barbara where we were house sitting.  We weren’t sure from day to day if we would be evacuated, but the fire was held back and, aside from the inability to breathe because of the thick smoke, things turned out well and the fire was out in about a week.

The second weekend here we drove up to Oregon with Belinda’s parents for a family wedding where she was able to reunite with brothers and sisters, nieces and nephew’s, etc. whom she hasn’t seen in over 20 years.  It was a wonderful time of getting reacquainted and enjoying the beautiful backdrop of mountains and evergreens.

In the San Francisco Bay Area we were able to spend some time with John’s Dad and his wife and also with some dear friends we haven’t seen in several years.  Then we traveled down to San Luis Obispo to relax and visit with John’s Mom and her husband, Frank.  It was great to spend some quality time with all of our parents.

We are now back in Santa Barbara and are looking forward to seeing as many of our friends and supporters as possible. We intentionally “under-scheduled” our trip this time and have been trusting God for the appointments to be made according to His schedule.  There are so many of you we want to see, please don’t hesitate to contact us about getting together.  We have a temporary cell phone that you can contact us with: (805) 708-4888.

“Curry Lunch” – BUT Japanese style (Mild and not all spicy!  - Very tasty or “oishii”)

We will be having a Japanese Curry Lunch and giving a short presentation at Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara on Sunday, August 3 at 1:00 pm in the children’s area. Please come and hear all about the great things God is doing in Japan!

Praises and Prayer Requests:

  • Praise God for providing housing for us while we are here.  
  • Pray for God’s provision of housing for us between Aug.1 and Aug.8.  
  • Pray for the ministry in Japan as we are away.
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