Japan: Tremors and Flexibility

Tremors?  I got your attention with that word, but no worries!  We did not experience any tremors today; however, Pamela Vandewalker shared a very interesting illustration during her devotion this morning about holding strong during a tremor that I would like to share with you.

Years ago, Frank Lloyd Wright was given the impossible task of building the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo.  No comparable construction job ever before had been undertaken.  With the patience he laid plans for the immense building in this land of earthquakes and tremors.  After carefully reviewing the situation, he found that eight feet below the surface of the ground lay a 60 foot bed of soft mud.  Why not float the great structure on this and in some way make it absorb the shock of the earthquake?  After four years of work, amid ridicule and jeers of skeptical onlookers, (sound familiar? One name. . .Noah) this most difficult building in the world was completed.  The next day presented the structure a great test.  The worst earthquake in 52 years hit the area causing houses and buildings all around the Imperial Hotel to tumble and fall in ruins.  But the Imperial Hotel stood because it was able to adjust itself to the tremors of the earth.  All this to say, on any mission trip, we need to remain flexible and open to God's guidance during the "tremors" we may face.

Today was orientation and prayer walking for our two teams.  We had an opportunity to familiarize ourselves with Tokyo and prayer walk at the Sensoji Temple.  This was an opportunity to see people praying to Buddha.  As our team spread out on the grounds of the Temple, we prayed for the people of Japan to come to know the one true God and His son Jesus Christ.  We prayed that our short visit would offer opportunities to show love and encouragement. 

Sensoji Temple

Sensoji Temple

Tomorrow Team 1 will do Discipleship Ministry in Tokyo and Team 2 will take Teeny Tykes and Tunes on the road to  Kitakata.  We thank you for your prayer support!  We feel it and ask you to pray for divine encounters and boldness to share the hope we have in Christ with those whom the Lord brings into our path.  

". . . Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." 1 Peter 3:14