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Parasols

May 26th, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Thoughts Along the Way©

Elaine Mehn


Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.
O LORD, you preserve both man and beast.

How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.

They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights. Psalm 36:6-8

When we first moved to Japan, ladies always wore hats in the summer to keep the sun off their heads and especially off their faces. Over the last several years hats have been replaced with parasols. At first I thought, “Who would want to carry an ‘umbrella’ Read the rest of this entry »

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Neighborhood Sewer Cleaning

May 21st, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

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Elaine Mehn

 But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:18-19

 Once a year our neighborhood association sets aside a day to clean the storm sewers. This involves lifting off the grates and scooping out the rotting leaves and other putrid matter that has accumulated over that year. Clean water is then poured into them Read the rest of this entry »

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Smile Search

May 14th, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

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Elaine Mehn

 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

             From the bus window I saw the sign that said Smile Search, a realtor. What a wonderful name for a company that helps people find the place that will bring a smile to their faces. I remember what it felt like when we looked at the house that we bought in the States. I hated the curtains, the walls were dirty and in need of paint, the sellers Read the rest of this entry »

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He Will Be Called “J”

May 6th, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Thoughts Along the Way

Elaine Mehn

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

I recently received a letter encouraging us as we serve Jesus. I appreciated the encouragement as there are times when I wonder if anyone cares but the letter did not use the name Jesus. Rather it used the letter J. Using “J” instead of typing out Jesus did Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Japan? The Case for Missions #2

May 5th, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Japan is needy and becoming needier

The great Japanese post-war economic experiment has failed, which is leading to untold disintegration in every area of society.  Suicide rates in Japan, affecting even school age children, young adults and the elderly, are the highest in the world.  The divorce rate has climbed rapidly in the last several years.  Many marriages do not last their first year!  Abortions continue to run over twice the rate of the US.  Reported abuse of many kinds including bullying is on the rise.  Japan struggles with alcoholism.  Japan is known for the unique psychological disorder, Hikikomori which is known essentially only in Japan affecting over 1.2 million people.  This disorder is a tremendous social fear forcing people to truly shut themselves off from society for over 6 months at a time. These social realities coupled with the largest aging society on the planet means these issues will only be compounded in the future.  Normally people are not drawn to pity the Japanese but these facts reveal that compassion is what they need for an “ideal society” that has failed. 

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