Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part Two

Apr26-1

It has been nearly a month since I came back from Kōzu-shima. Still, a day doesn’t go by in which I don’t think back to my two weeks there. The time I spent on the island was like a rich spiritual feast. And the thing about feasts is that they require some digesting. That is my excuse for why this post has been so long delayed: I have needed the time to think. My time on Kōzu-shima resulted in 80 pages of notes and I have been processing these notes since coming back, trying to distill the essence of what I learned on my pilgrimage.
Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part Two”

Advertisements

Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part One

Apr23-3

On April 22nd, I left for a two-week journey to get away from distractions and to spend some time alone with God. As the destination for my adventure, I had chosen Kōzu-shima: a small, volcanic island 170 km (106 miles) south of Tokyo, in the Pacific Ocean.

I first heard of the island about one year ago from a customer at my job. At the time, I was working in a call center Continue reading “Pilgrimage to Kōzu-shima: Part One”

What I Learned in My DTS Lectures

Here is the post I promised I would write on what I learned in my DTS lecture phase!

As you can tell by taking a look at the scroll bar, this is a bit of a long one. (My counter says I’ve got 3523 words!) So, for your navigating-ease, I have provided a table of contents below. You can click on the links in the table to jump to the different parts of the Continue reading “What I Learned in My DTS Lectures”

Why I Would Like You to Call Me Aogu: Part One

Most of my friends and family members know me by my English middle name, Louie. However, for the past sixth months, I’ve been transitioning to primarily using my Japanese first name, Aogu. I’d actually wanted to make this change for several years now.

I first conceived this desire when I started feeling more and more certain that God wanted me to become a missionary in Japan. I felt that, as I would be Continue reading “Why I Would Like You to Call Me Aogu: Part One”

My Experience in the YWAM Tokyo DTS

Just a little more than a week ago, on Monday night, I graduated from YWAM Tokyo’s DTS.

Before I go any further telling you about my experiences in DTS, here’s some background information: YWAM (which stands for Youth With A Mission) is a global interdenominational mission organization centered around the purpose of knowing God and making Him known. This purpose mainly expresses itself in three areas of work—evangelism, mercy ministries, and training—and the Continue reading “My Experience in the YWAM Tokyo DTS”