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This past weekend there was a Thanksgiving celebration in Watanoha, Ishinomaki!

I was told that last year’s American-style Thanksgiving dinner didn’t go over very well with the locals, so this year it was decided to make sure the menu included both turkey and traditional Japanese food as well. 🙂

Enjoying the meal

Musical guests

The weekend before that the same group of folks gathered to prepare gift boxes for Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child program.

Stations set up to fill the gift boxes

I think that for the volunteers, it was exciting to give a chance for the locals to show generosity to others around the globe in the same way they themselves have received it.

Other happenings: One way that members of our team are reaching out to those living in temporary housing is by holding craft classes. Here is a lovely photo of members of a craft class – all the ladies are from Onagawa. Katherine (in red) is the most “crafty” lady I’ve ever met!

It has been awesome to see Christians from various organizations gathering regularly to pray. I am so thankful that God is drawing us all together in unity for the sake of the gospel!

from a recent prayer meeting

On Sundays in Ishinomaki, there are several gatherings for worship and I am thankful to report that the Holy Spirit is at work!

An outdoor gathering with Be One

Taken this past Sunday – there was a first-time visitor which is always a big reason to be thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving! Praise God from whom all blessings flow.