It's Friday night. Our first full day was spent packing two vehicles, a van and a flatbed truck, and taking 9 hours for a 5 hour trip. We arrived at our staging area safely and ready for a good day's work tomorrow.
We started with a guy breakfast of toast, cereal, one pop-tart, and coffee
Good ole Kellogg's Frosted Flakes - taste good in Japanese, too
Steve scrambled up a dozen eggs. Wait, make that 10
Using the gas table burner in our little kitchen
The instant water heater over the kitchen sink
Took us awhile to get our bearings in the kitchen, but we did it
The entry way to our humble home in Chiba
Dave & Stefan outside waiting to pack up for the road trip
Steve & Stefan having close fellowship
Stefan found this guy outside our house this morning. This is a macro close-up, meaning I was less than 2 inches from him as I took it. His body was about an inch and a half long.
The entrance to Honda Chapel
The lush greenery was amazing
Dave when he found out the flatbed truck he was to drive was straight drive
Paul when HE found out the truck Dave was to drive was straight drive
Getting ready to head north for the 5 (or 9) hour trip
Just about ready
Stuck in traffic! We saw a lot of the back of Wilson's head
We stopped for lunch at a rest area with a wonderful noodle shop
Stefan very excited about Paul's lunch
Five of us had this fried pork cutlet with shredded cabbage, rice and soup lunch
Wilson expressing just a little too much joy over his
Heated seats, auto motion sensing flush, and...
...well, you figure out what the blue circle might mean
Standard post office box
Don't know if it's still true but I read once that Japan has one vending machine for every 22 people.
Well, we finally made it to our cabin at Takayama where Paul and I stayed last April. We will sleep here (pics to come) each night, doing different jobs and ministries as needed each day. Tomorrow sounds exciting - a coffee house time with a hot lunch served with opportunities to share with residents who have been coming each week since the tsunami hit on March 11. Then helping deliver or install some cabinets, and possibly some mud clean out work.
We do have limited wi-fi here at the cabin so I should be able to post regular updates. Thanks again for your prayers and love! My emergency root canal has given me really very little pain and soreness. We are all very tired and continuing to get over jet lag, but excited for all the Lord will do in us, through us, and even in spite of us.