Aelred of Riveaux on the Value of Friendship

de_speculo_caritatisI remember in my DTS’ orientation week, one of the staff saying, “We are all more than worth the inconveniences that we cause each other.” I was recently reminded of this teaching when I came across the following quote in Aelred of Riveaux’s Spiritual Friendship: Continue reading “Aelred of Riveaux on the Value of Friendship”


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”