Japan entry 9,

July 17th part 1,

Wow. I still can’t believe I am in Japan and I can’t belive how beutifuul the home is.  It is sourounded by a wall and then a garden.  There is a courtyard in the center, very beutiful.  Once inside there are many rooms.  I am sleeping in the traditional Japanese bedroom with tatami mts sprawled out on the floor and a quite comfortable futon for a bed.  It si just goreous.  THe walls are all sliding doors in this room ecet for part of some.  That is rather the doors are like walls, shoji screens.  The doors inot the room are not shoji, I can not remmber what they are called.  The family is still asleep.  They said they would wake up around 9:00am and expected that I should be up by 11:00am.  I woke up at 6:00am.  It is a holidya today.  I don’t know what to excepct.  Mrs. Otani said we would go to the summer festival tonihgt, there would be a dance contet and fireworks.  She said we would go in traditional garb and will present it to me as a gift.  I am flattered, I know how much clotres can cost.  I pray that God would bless this family and their home…

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.

6 responses »

  1. first, about keegan’s post…
    we are always searching for truth. it would be foolish to stop, for then the human race would have nothing left to do. new things are being discovered everyday. every great scientist, doctor, lawyer, teacher, minister, etc. would be out of a job if we stopped making these discoveries.
    and about jesus… i believe that the truth was in fact, in him, but it is also in us! we are unlimited in what we can do, what we can see, and what we can experience. we think we are limited, and we are to that which we think we are. others like jesus existed. we just don’t believe in ourselves enough. and to say that we cannot be like jesus is to say that we are less than godlike. also, i admit that i don’t know that much about the bible and what the scriptures do and do not say, so i will stop arguing with them as fact or fiction. but, i want to discuss the matters of god nonetheless, and i also have a few questions for you.
    how do you say that something is “right” or something is “wrong”? what “should” and what “should we not” do? if god laid down a set of rules that she WANTED us to follow, we would be stripped of our very right to choose as we please. to say that an action is “wrong” is as much as god telling us not to do it. to tell us not to do it would be to prohibit us. to prohibit us would be restriction. to restrict us meant that we could not have the opportunity to create ourselves as Who We Really Are. you say we have something called “free will” but if we do not follow certain rules, we will go to hell and will NOT be saved. what kind of free will is that?
    and… in the bible, jesus drank alcohol. alcohol is not made to be consumed by the body. this is a sin. ?
    and i also wonder about the scripture that says that nobody will live beyond age 120, but people have lived to age 122, and in 2003, a woman named elizabeth israel lived to see age 127. what is this about?
    why would a loving god order a mass genocide [as in the canaanites and the israelites] or a flood? why would god approve of slavery, the oppression of women, and discrimination against homosexuals? many times does biblical scripture contain these things.
    i’m sorry i called you ignorant about other world religions, because you are obviously not, and i guess that’s your business. i just don’t see how you can dismiss all else because it is not the bible. condemning others to hell because they are not christians is pure judgment.

  2. sorry, i didn’t know you were going to finish, and i left you a comment about not answering my questions before you could. i’m glad we’re not mad or getting too offended by all this talk.
    with love, shanno

  3. Hey there spenc, I hope that your Christmas was great, mine wasn’t too bad. Anyways…I hope that you have a great week and don’t forget to have a happy new year! God Bless,~Megan~

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