John and Elaine Mehn

Archive for January, 2010

Nice Tie on TV

January 15th, 2010 by John

I just found out I was on Christian Television here in Japan.  I was working with one of their staff on getting a list of names of church planters that they could interview for a weekly show on church planting.  They sent me a web link to see about the program.  When I was at the home page I noticed something about the Rengo.  It was about the Coming of Age celebration on 1/12 where I gave a short greeting to the young people who had just become adults.  I would boast more about it but the video was all in Japanese and I was only in a few shots.  Though I was glad Elaine picked out my tie that day.  If you are interested this is the clip.  http://japan.cgntv.net/_inc/player.asp?pid=2304&type=vod&player=8&bit=high&vid=45898&dreamon=Y;%20text/html;%20charset=UTF-8

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Looking for a Big-Hearted Someone

January 14th, 2010 by John

One Japanese pastor would like someone to come for over 3 months or more to build relationships with Japanese.  Through these relationships they can share their Christian experience.  This would be with church activities, their interests, English classes and other activities to connect with people.  Depending on gifts and interests an outreach plan can be determined in discussion with the pastor and church.

The pastor along with Church ministry has an NGO (Non-government Organization [Charity organization] which works to help prevent people from suicide.  Japan is a world leader with over 30,000 suicides annually.  There are possible connections there in terms of connecting with people in a mercy and compassion ministry.

The pastor would look forward to having someone come as part of his staff and there is another local missionary that he works a lot with.  His wife is a certified Japanese teacher so if there is interest a short-termer could have regular weekly Japanese classes.

The church will provide a place to live and they think that opening English classes will probably help with living expenses.  The pastor will take either a man or woman worker.  If a woman came the pastor would like them to work with young women, especially those with young children.

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Abe Lincoln Early Tycoon

January 8th, 2010 by John

There are a lot of Japanese loan words in the English language such as Typhoon, Kimono, Sushi, and more lately I have heard Sukoshi (a little) even on TV shows.  The loan word Tycoon really threw me.  I am from Illinois and value Abraham Lincoln highly for many reasons.  I had never heard him referred to as a Tycoon before. This is the “rest of the story.”

The word tycoon is derived from the Japanese word taikun which means “great lord,” and it was used as a title for the shogun. The word entered the English language in the nineteenth century with the return of Commodore Perry to the United States. U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was humorously referred to as the Tycoon by several aides. The term spread to the business community, where it has been used ever since (From wikipedia).

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Tokyo Has Good Eating

January 7th, 2010 by John

Tokyo has more high rated restaurants than anywhere else in the world including New York and Paris according to the Michelin guide.  We always new that was true as it is the largest city in the world.  Tokyo has such a rich variety of food with Western and Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian to name just a few.  For more in a BBC article see http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8364051.stm

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January 1st, 2010 by John

As you read this we are winding up our short working vacation back in Illinois.  We return to Japan on 1/5.  It has been frenzied being back but extremely good family times.  Also on the work side have been possibilities for CPI in another Asian country, recruiting career workers, and recruiting ministry teams from a partnering church.  We both hit the ground running when we return to Japan and there are various things in the works for the Rengo, the mission, CPI, and Elaine’s various classes.

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