D-Day + 10: Missions Landing Report

Hello friends! Thank you for your prayers for our safe trip – we’ve made it to Japan! You may be wondering what Erich and I have been up to since landing. Our last post was over a month ago! It’s been a crazy past two weeks—let me tell you the highlights of our experience. こんにちは!たくさんの祈りを感謝します。無事に日本に着きました!日本に着いてからのエリックと私の状況についてアップデートしたいと思います。 Table […]

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 […]

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 […]

Foreigners & Students: Our January Update

Greetings from the icy cold of Michigan, or as my Holland readers call it, “next door.” It’s getting dangerously close to six weeks since our last post, so it seems like a good time for an update. A good friend of mine and ex-roommate prefaces his newsletter updates with a nice table of contents. So […]

The Symptoms of Selfishness

Exemplary public service Yesterday, I spent most of my day helping other people. Mr. Obama called me this morning to discuss a date for me to receive the Presidential Citizen’s Medal for my acts of exemplary selfless public service. My accoladed works include: Changing a dirty diaper Cleaning up lunch dishes (after someone else cooked) […]

A New Model for Testimony

I had a thought about a new model for testimony. When I say “new,” I mean new relative to what we’re doing now in turn-of-the-millennium  in America because this model for testimony has existed for quite some time — I’ll get to that later. A short disclaimer: if you’re reading this thinking, “Erich heard my […]

Battle Creek Message

[box type=”note”] An approximate transcription of a few stories I shared at the Japanese Language Worship Service in Battle Creek, MI on Saturday, October 19, 2013. [/box] Introducing Erich & Emi Good evening. My name is Erich Boileau and this is my wife Emi. I’ve been part of the Japanese Christian community in West Michigan […]