Granddaughter Headed For Japan.

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  1. Chopper

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    One of my Granddaughters recently graduated from the University of Maine with a teaching degree. Her Masters degree is next. Nicole has always wanted to join a missionary organization to teach English in Japan.

    She went on a short term mission trip several years ago, fulfilling a dream of hers to go there. Well, it happened! Today, 7am she left the Portland Jet Port, Maine, to fly to Ohio for two weeks of training, and meeting the rest of the teachers that will join her for two years of teaching English to Japan's young students.

    This is fulfilling Nicole's prayers and the Lord's leading for years, this morning is the start of that journey in Jesus. Needless to say, I'm so very proud of my special Nichole.

    [​IMG]This is Nicole, with her Dad (Doug) at the Portland Maine Jet Port headed to Ohio, and then to Japan.
     
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    Your heart is just glowing :)
     
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    O Reba, I'm so proud of my Grandchildren. Their all grown up and serving Jesus in one way or another. I have 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. Everyone is saved and bringing up their children to love the Lord. What a blessing. God is so good to this old Country Preacher, I don't deserve His Grace.
     
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    Omedetou gozaimasu!
     
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    Ok, what ever that means. Is She going to your Homeland?
     
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    Hi Chopper,
    It's a wonderful thing to know that all those you love are members of the Church of God.
    One big happy family! It's comforting to know that they serve God and have a good life for the doing of His will.

    One thing I did notice from the picture above. It reminded me of when my daughter moved to Italy in the 90's.
    Look at her eyes...Look at his eyes.

    I understand both.

    God bless her in her endeavors.
     
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    It just means "congratulations". I am half-Japanese, but I was born in America.
     
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    I'm glad you have a strong interest in your heritage. When my grandparents immigrated from Hungary in 1915 they made the decision that the old country should be left behind and forgotten. Now, I wish I had a closer connection to my heritage.
     
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    Forgot to ask, what part of Japan is granddaughter headed to?
     
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    Hi KevinK. Sorrry I took so long in answering you, I had to find out from her Mom....Nicole will be going to Tamura, Japan. She is an English Teacher with the Wakakusa Program. They send Teachers to various parts of Japan.

    Thanks for asking, your prayers for her success would be appreciated. She does speak enough of their language to get by. She has loved the land of Japan and it's people since a teenager and has wanted to go there as a Missionary for as long as I can remember.
     
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    I just now happened to check out Wakakusa English Program http://www.teachintamura.com/index.html...what an amazing program it is! Teaching English and spreading the Word...does it get any better? If I were a younger man...and even if I'm not, it's something to think about.

    Wakakusa btw means "young grass" (or I guess you could also say "green grass").
     
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    It looks like a great opportunity for those that wish to do this.
    Doesn't get much better. The lodging options are pretty basic. But if there is a salary that goes with it...Not a bad deal at all.
     
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    May God bless and keep them. You have so much to be thankful for.
     
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    Thank you my friends for your interest in my Granddaughter Nicole. Here is her latest blog info.
    Well, it’s been a busy week here in Funehiki! This past week was our first full week of work. Fortunately, I was still able to observe classes instead of actually teaching them, but this week my coworker and I will be doing the teaching, and the senior teachers will be observing us! It’s a little scary but it will be good to start getting used to having our own classes. Some classes are a little more rambunctious than others, which makes me nervous, but I guess the more difficult the class, the better chance I have to practice my classroom management skills. [​IMG]

    This weekend has been busy as well, because we’ve had several events that we’ve had to attend in order to be introduced to new people. First of all, on Saturday afternoon we all went over to the kindergarten (which is right behind our apartments, and run by our boss) to meet the kindergarten teachers. Introductions here are very formal by American standards. We American teachers all stood side by side on one end of the room (a small gym), and the Japanese teachers lined up on the opposite side. Each Japanese teacher was handed a paper with a photo and bio of each of us new teachers. Then there were introductions all around – we American teachers each gave our memorized self-introduction speech (yes, in Japanese!) – and then each Japanese teacher said his/her name and the age group he or she worked with, followed by Yoroshiku onegai shimasu (“Nice to meet you,” or more literally, “Please treat me kindly”). Of course, a lot of bowing was also involved, as each person introducing themselves bowed afterward, and we bowed in return. We new teachers were also each presented with a bouquet of flowers and gift certificates to a local grocery store!

    On Saturday night, one of the senior teachers held a meet-and-greet party, so that we new teachers would have the chance to meet some of the Japanese people that the team has befriended over the years. Although I’m not much of a party person, it turned out to be enjoyable. There were lots of great snacks, and I got involved in several interesting conversations with different Japanese people.

    A little long but I hope you enjoyed Nicole's adventure. Here is the address to her blog if interested....http://cherrytreeblossoming.com/blog/
     
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