Clumsy Early Days

I was stunned when Sayaka*, who had come to our church BBQ, said she wanted to do a Bible study with me. I was a new missionary and could barely keep up with the Japanese conversations I’d been hearing. My husband looked after our two small children as I left in search for Sayaka’s house that night. … More Clumsy Early Days

Hanako’s Cafe

We’d just arrived in Sendai. Power lines hung across the skyline. Concrete apartments and houses lined the streets. In the midst of unpacking, organising, and wrangling two young children, I needed a space to relax, to pray, and meditate on God’s Word. *Hanako’s café was a breath of fresh air. The moment I stepped into … More Hanako’s Cafe

Parenting Class

“Your son can use chopsticks better than some Japanese kids—you must be a good mother. Please come speak about parenting at PTA.” I did not mention that my son figured chopsticks out by himself, but I did tell the PTA ladies about some principles from the Bible that guided my day to day parenting. Later on, a church … More Parenting Class

Rural connections

“Oh! You know Mrs K?” were the words that made all the difference. The staff at the community centre had been reluctant to allow a religious group to use their facility for a Christmas event, but everything changed when they discovered our connection to Mrs K. The local kindergarten principal and a key member of … More Rural connections

Meet the Ghents

Martin Ghent grew up in a dairy farm in a small town called Mount Forest, just outside of Toronto area. Ruth Mae moved around as a child on the east coast of America, and at New Brunswick Bible Institute the two met. In 1986, they left their home countries for language school in Hokkaido, Japan. After … More Meet the Ghents