John and Elaine Mehn

Archive for June, 2008

Visit to a Sumo Stable

June 9th, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Thoughts Along the Way©

Elaine Mehn

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:45

In our nearly 23 years of living in Japan, we have come to enjoy watching sumo. At first it was a substitute for American football, but eventually we learned to appreciate it on its own merits.

Recently we had the unusual opportunity to visit a sumo stable. This is where the sumo wrestlers (rikishi) live and practice. We were able to watch them practice from 6 AM to 9:30AM. These practice Read the rest of this entry »

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Teaming Leaders – Prayer/Newsletter

June 8th, 2008 by John

Click here for Newsletter PDF file teaming-leaders-may-2008

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Gas Prices Go Up Again

June 4th, 2008 by John

While many of you are worried about rising gas prices in the US at 3.89 per gallon, gasoline is also rising in Japan. This month gas is running over 170 yen per liter or $6.20 per gallon. Needless to say we monitor our driving carefully.

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Crowded Trains

June 2nd, 2008 by Elaine Mehn

Thoughts Along the Way©

Elaine Mehn

for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture,
the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice,

do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah,
as you did that day at Massah in the desert, Psalm 95:7-8

Japan is known for its crowded commuter trains. I experience this occasionally, but every time seems worse than the memory of the time before. Since I don’t commute into work, I don’t ride very often during the early morning rush hour. The other day I wondered if my arm would be broken before I got off. (For a horrifying video, not taken Read the rest of this entry »

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Crowded Rush Hour

June 2nd, 2008 by John

A new meaning to rush hour

Several observations from our experience:

(We did not take this video, nor ride this train)

1. This is no doubt the morning rush hour
2. This is one of the Seibu commuter lines (we used to live out there)
3. Notice people are trying to get into the first cars, the cars farther back are not as crowded. (Makes us think this is the Ikebukuro line).
4. This is undoubtably an express train most likely a commuter express.

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Why Japan? The Case for Missions #3

June 1st, 2008 by John

Japan has wide-reaching influence

The lifestyle, customs, entertainment, and technology of Japan continue to exert international influence.  Along with these cultural influences comes the influence of the Japanese on global culture in general accompanied with ethics, morals, values, and worldview.  Japan is also a leader in Asia, home to over 60% of the world’s people.  Key historical persons in Japan who have been Christians have had large influence nationwide, regionally, as well as worldwide.  Japan must be evangelized to use this global and regional influence.

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