Sunday, March 08, 2009

Back from the A2 Spring Retreat

We have been up in Karuizawa for our annual Asian Access Spring Retreat. This event is always something we look forward to as it is the only time in the year when our entire mission meets together face to face.

We have had times of worship and times of reflecting on our Spiritual Vitality. Our speaker has been Scott Shaum of Barnabas, International. The topics have been timely and reflective, and very Word-centered. This retreat has also been "retreat-paced" in that it hasn't been too full of extra activities.

I actually am back a little early--two boys need to get to school this week since they head on a school trip to Kyoto in a few days and have assignments that lead up to it. Stan will be bringing Scott down to Tokyo Monday after the retreat and we're looking forward to some time to talk one on one (or two on one!) with him.

Part of our retreat program is marking milestones and celebrations. We were included as having reached the 25 years married milestone mark!

Emi, who was to be our flower girl, and now works as the mission's HRD Director 25 years later, presented us with gifts. Inside the silver box is a lovely 25th anniversary photo frame...with a beautiful photo of Emi and her husband of one year, Sterling! Cute move, Emi!

I'll have more photos and random observations from Karuizawa when I get Stan's camera and the phone cameras downloaded.

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