The theme of our SEEK event this year was "愛DENTITY" — pronounced "identity", the first character being "ai", the Japanese word for "love". We were all encouraged to SEEK after our true identity... and I was reminded again that I am NAIJIN (内人)!
I just read some surprising stats in a Japan Times article on the demand for counseling services in Japan, and the implication for Third Culture ministry. In addition to the rising number of expats in Japan calling the Tokyo English Life Line (TELL) for help, the article states that half of the callers are Japanese who call the English-language service rather than it's Japanese-language counterpart, Inochi no Denwa.
Those who know me well know that surgeries to repair a large hiatal hernia have left me with a non-functioning LES (lower esophageal sphincter). In layman's terms, this means that my "eject button" is broken and I'm not able to vomit. At first, this may seem really cool, since no one likes to puke. But, as the saying goes, God has no hobbies, and He has designed everything for a very specific purpose. I never understood how wonderful it is to be able to barf until I couldn't anymore.
Here's the stop-motion video I was working on last week with Sam Song (@artisanwarrior) and David Hom. At Newsong Irvine, we are moving into a season of Unleashing Beauty in our community and around the world! We have identified seven initiatives for our Unleash Campaign that we will be funding with $175,000 in the coming year. Maybe that seems like a big number, but it breaks down to just $3 per person per week to radically change the lives of hundreds of our neighbors. This video shows how easy that can be!
This was a first attempt at stop-motion for all of us… and it was a lot of fun! : )