Sunday, May 29, 2011

I Made It

Well, I am in Japan. Right now I am at the school where my hostess works, and she is in a meeting so I took this chance to use the wireless here to update you all.

There are always so many details one can talk about when traveling, and I have now found that especially true when it comes to overseas travel. I am not very fond of eight hour flights, but everything went so smoothly and on time that I cannot complain. I enjoyed my four hour layover in Hawaii very much even though it was just at the airport. It was a very nice place, and I have resolved to go there when I can actually spend time in that lovely state.

On the plane from Hawaii to Japan, I was one of six Westerners and the only blonde person. It was a bit intimidating once I arrived at the airport, but even though they lost my luggage and I had to retrieve it, things turned out just fine. Mrs. Epley and I took a monorail, two trains and a taxi to reach their home which we arrived at rather late at night.

So far I must say that I love being here. My hosts are wonderful, the country seems pretty amazing, and the weather is much better than in Texas. Thank you all for your prayers and support. I could not have made it here without you all, but most especially without God. He is good, and I am so thankful.

That is all for now. I do not know how much internet I will be using while I am here, but you are sure to hear from me somewhat frequently.

From Japan with love,

Monday, May 23, 2011

First Post

In less than a week I will be in Japan. It is a strange thought, but an exceptionally exciting one also.

I will try to update this blog as much as I can during the summer with stories, updates and maybe some pictures. For the first post, I'll just set down some basic information about the trip.

My departure date: May 28'th
Return date: July 28'th
I will be gone for two months exactly.

Where I will be:
Tokyo—one month
Toyama—two weeks
Karuizawa—two weeks

Who I will be with:
In Tokyo I will be with Russ and Flossie Epley
For the rest of the trip I will be with Joe and Sallie Kaufman

What I will be doing:
In Tokyo I will be helping Mrs. Epley at the office where she works to help homeschoolers in Japan. In the office there are a lot of supplies that need to be organized/sorted, so I will help with that. There are a lot of other things they would like help with that I have not been informed about yet, but it sounds like I'll keep busy.

In Toyama I will be helping the Kaufmans move to another island, which is a big job so they'd like an extra hand. Then I will be going with them to the mountain town Karuizawa to do some evangelistic work.

There you have it! I praise the Lord for His amazing provision so far. I pray that my trip will bring glory to the God who cannot be stopped, silenced or overthrown by hurricanes, earthquakes or nuclear reactors.

Thank you, everyone reading, for your interest and support of my trip.

In Christ,
Mercy Burklin