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Japan entry 7,


July 16th part 2


Keiko


simasen= sorry


When we came to Osaka today it seemd like the ciety would never end.  NOw that we are at Takamatsu it is like the outskirts of downtown chigaco.  Or even a little more remote We were ate the wrong place, we were at Takatmatsu the mall,, not the station.  We messed up and had our party wainging an extra 20 minutes.  That was to bad.  They even waited yesterday.  We met Keiko.  She said that Atsuko and her were best friends.  She speaks very good English.

About minuiperiannath

Name: Spencer Wentland College: North Central University Year: Senior Major:Intercultural Studies My story of meeting Jesus in short: Not many weeks after I was born my parents baptized me into the Christian faith at First English Lutheran Church in my hometown, Appleton, WI. There they renewed their promises to renounce the devil and his ways, the world and evil and raise me the same way teaching me to love and fear the Lord, the Lord's Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Creeds and when of reading age to put the Holy Bible in my hands and all the while, with the church community, instruct me in the Christian faith. My parents weren't perfect but they did fulfill the vows they made at my baptism. I had my own more personal experience with the Lord around the age of seven when I followed Jesus out of the Gospels to a "quiet, lonely place" in my backyard with the hope to do whatever Jesus did there. Without realizing it or ever being taught how to "receive Jesus into your heart" it happened quite like that even seeing a mental vision of Jesus and knowing I need to welcome him into my heart and let him sit on the throne of my life. I've never been the same since then and the Lord has kept his promise to be with me "always." I confirmed what my parents chose for me in a public confession of faith and the ritual of believer's baptism at a local swimming school where the Assemblies of God church my mom attends used to do their baptisms. I've never regretted a life with Jesus; life has always been richer, deeper and fuller because of it. About Me: Ha that's a funny question, and a popular one today. Well, if you really want to know "all about me" you will have to meet me. For starters I am hard to put in simple categories and often find myself tumbling between labels; i.e. introverted and extroverted, strong and weak, intuitive yet a rationalist, introspective and social, unique and individual yet needing people and empathetic. I belong to and am part of the Way and that is probably the most defining important part of my being. (Acts 24:14) As a God lover in the Way of Jesus Christ I long to see and embrace all things and people in his love for his glory. Creative people and places energize me. I enjoy and appreciate art and artists and like to contribute and collaborate in making my own art at times. I need my own time and spend a lot of time in contemplation- this is where I get recharged and new vision and vitality for life. A con of my personality is my ill attempts to understand everything about everything. At the same time I also get energy from others and love to be sociable. I make matrix like connections in my mind and although my comments often are perceived as random too me they are very connected to something. To me connection and harmony are very important and I believe the truth brings that out. The last few years have been filled with learning, studying and meeting wonderful people. Copenhagen, Escanaba, Nagasaki, and now back to Minneapolis! So excited to learn, grow and finish my last year at university! Call: I feel strongly called by the Lord to work and give myself as missionary of love to the Japanese people. As the Lord leads I hope to take a missionary assignment through ELCA Global Mission teaching English and serving in congregational mission and leadership in Japan. Eventually I would like to serve as an apostolic worker planting boiler rooms (missional/monastic communities) around the Japanese archipelago with a bunch of other Jesus lovers in international, incarnational bands of friends. About this blog: This blog is for my Church Administration and Personal Finance class. I'm looking forward to interesting and practical conversation and learning that will help develop my leadership and organizational skills for however and whatever takes shape out of the Lord's call.

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  1. and to tell you the truth about my orientation.
    I’d like to say taht I am not bi. I am very lost right now. With all the frustrations with girls that I’ve been going through. The only people that know how to help me are guys. They always know how I feel because girls treat them the same way. Girls don’t understand how I feel sometimes and it seems like they just get angry at me when I’m depressed or unable to make myself feel better.
    I am deffinately sexually attracted to girls. But I’d rather take my problems to guys taht know how I feel because girls never help.
    I am not bi or gay. Most of the time I just say I am because everyone at school that doesnt know me all think I am so I’m just “whatever” about everything.
    I’m against all these gay rights and gay marriage stuff.
    I think I should just stop talking to my gay friends.
    ehh I dont know.
    Have a great day.

  2. hmmmm interesting point of view… What if someone told einstien the same thing?…that “one person cannot acomplish most things by them self… Ohh even a better one, Who helped Mozart write his music? who taught him how to play the piano?…please anwser me this? and then tell me more in depth why philosophy is so “skrewed”.-tessa-

  3. im not really sure what i meant by “boyfriends”. i only have one, i mean, whom i love romantically
    ah i really hope i can talk to you sometime soon, youre one of those listening people and thats refreshing. haha. i will most likely see you at the next rooftop meeting, although i really cant talk about a whole lot of personal things there. we’ll have to hang out, before christmas perferably.
    ha we missed the christmas parade. were you there? maybe next year we’ll see one.

  4. everything can be firgured out by humans, everything we know has been firgured out by humans. that you cannot argue. ALSO, everything that has been firgured out if not solved by one individual started with one individual. And i’m glad you agree with my philosophy. ohh yes and I find your thoughts and opinions fascinating.-tessa-

  5. Sorry I didn’t go to the Roof Top Cafe. I had a lot of packing to do and I was running around alot while I was in town so I just wanted to stay home. I don’t get to spend much time at home so I just decided to do that. Sorry. I’ll definately be home for Christmas. I will have opportunity to talk to you a lot more and hang out with the youth group.

  6. I want to let you know that even when I seem really annoyed or angry at you to not take it personal… I think you are such a cool kid and you always just pop up and give me these amazing Bible verses outta nowhere right when I need them the most! Sunday night when ppl were making you stop talking and you left I want to let you know that I didn’t let them get away with it and I let them know how rude it was of them… I’m sorry they do that to you, no one deserves to be treated like that! Stay strong!

  7. spencer, thanks for the LONG comment. haha. i know you don’t wish to push your beliefs upon me and you haven’t at all. your comments were insightful and made me picture texas under a trillion silver dollars. that’s always crazy. and i DO believe that there are biblical truths, such as those that pertain to jesus. but i sort of view it this way:every human was sent here with special gifts that they give to others and show themselves throughout their lives. jesus was one, a healer and a revealer of truths, who found his mission through God. i also believe that we all have the potential to be like jesus, but we don’t tap into ourselves as much. in other words, God can work through all of his creations… not JUST jesus. i just wonder why so many of us turn away from God… and even i do. this mentality sort of ruins my chances to have a relationship with him/her and figure out what it is i was meant to do.some things in my past have driven me both towards God and completely away from God in the same. right now i am at a transitional period where i don’t know WHAT to think. i have bits and pieces of the picture, but i hate to think that i’ll never have the whole. but i guess that’s what life is about… finding the whole. i do agree that this is found in love, but i don’t see love around me. i’m waiting for something to happen and it hasn’t for months and months. i’m always looking for profound meaning, and if things look plain, i become restless. i used to feel like i knew my place in this world, but i don’t anymore. God, help me.

  8. whoa. spencer. i doubt you remember me, but it’s ashley. the one that was in the japan thing over the summer & hosted miki. so how’ve you been?and that’s pretty awesome to be posting stuff about your trip to japan over the summer. i remember atsuko. haha.

  9. U.S. i am from, however if i had a choice it would be zimbabwe, because the name fascinates me, but the aids and west nile or whatever they have there im kind of scared of.

  10. Hello -I found your xanga on North Central University’s website where you commented on a blog. Very interesting! Are you taking Japanese?

  11. Hey there…Just thought that I’d say hi, I found your xanga on everdayclaire’s site and thought that write you a comment. Have a blessed day and hope to hear form you.Megan

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