Japanese Christianese: 200 Spiritual Vocabulary Words

While school stretches year round for me here in Japan, I’m thankful that the YMCA rewards our dedicated study with lengthy breaks between terms–breaks that enable to us to catch up on work, hobbies and do a little traveling. We have a some great photos from our trips we’ll put up in another post, but for […]

Prioritizing the Family of Christ

When I was a kid, during the summertime my Dad used to take the family camping or on day trips out to one of Michigan’s many lakes. We would bring the boat along and go tubing, swimming or just hang out and barbeque on the shore. On one of these occasions, we went out to Gun […]

Dating a Church 教会とデート

Emi here. 恵美でーす。 Church Dating (Does that sound bad or what?) 教会とデート In all honesty, finding a church to settle was like dating. Of course, we know that there’s only one Church, Christ’s body, but we experienced a few “churches” in Osaka area. And every time we visited a church, it was like dating. We had to […]

Krystal & Brent’s Visit and etc.

Hello dearies, Even though our social media feeds look like we are having a bunch of fun all day every day, we are not like that all the time. Most of the time we stay busy with school and work, and we are really, really, really craving some quality time with people in general. We haven’t […]

Pack Your Bags!

Shinsekai (新世界) pictured above. Despite it’s energetic feel, the area is famed for being one of Japan’s most dangerous districts as a result of minimal redevelopment after World War II. Cleared for Immigration Late Thursday night (Friday morning in Japan), I received confirmation from the YMCA Japanese Langauge School in Osaka Japan that Osaka’s immigration bureau has […]

A Trip to Virginia

I. Regent University – Residency Program The online counseling program at Regent requires a week of residency program in the fall, and this year it happens to be on the first week of August. First of all, the program was intense and nerve-wrecking at first. The counseling skills class throws me in front of a recording […]

A Day Spent in Wanderlust

Meeting Darren Wilson and Seeing the Holy Ghost Movie Last Friday I had a great opportunity to spend some time with the folks at Wanderlust Productions and pre-screen their new film Holy Ghost. I backed the project on Kickstarter last year, which is how I got connected with them and soon found myself with an […]

日本への引っ越しの準備 Preparation for Japan

Hello! Emi here. こんにちは!恵美です。 Even though the blog is supposed to be Erich and Emi’s, I have never contributed in writing a post yet. So I decided to update our loyal readers on our preparation progress regarding our move to Japan. 主人と始めたブログにまだ一回も書いていないので、日本への引っ越しの準備について書く事にしました。 As many of you know, we are leaving for Japan in September. “Isn’t that less […]

The Power of God to Provide & Recognizing the Person of Jesus

Recently I was honored with two speaking opportunities — one at the Japanese Worship Service in Battle Creek, MI and the other at our home church, Moran Park in Holland, MI. Last weekend Pastor Bob Herman was speaking on John 6 (the multiplying of the loaves and fishes), and in discussions with him leading up […]