✪ After I returned from Japan last Wednesday, I came home to a sick family. The stomach flu had entered our home. By Thursday the kids seemed to be doing better but still didn’t want eat. My wife wasn’t doing so well and we thought she might be getting dehydrated since she hadn’t eaten anything for over 24 hours. With her being pregnant we had to take her to the hospital. The hospital decided to keep her for two days on an IV.
✪ Thursday night I started feeling bad and ended up getting the same thing everyone else had and since I was staying in the hospital with my wife they ended up giving me an IV as well. It was a rough night. I ended up going home the next day but my wife had to stay an extra night since they didn’t have any medicine to give to someone who is pregnant. Everyone seems to be doing better now and definitely on the upside.
✪ I had a great time in Japan with my missionary friends on their survey trip. I am amazed at how different Japan is than China even though while I was there it still felt normal to me. The people were some of the friendliest I met and I am excited to see what God will do there through my friends. I will try to write some other thoughts about Japan in a later post.
✪ Since last week I wasn’t able to send all the links and things I normal do in the weekly update, I included them this week, see below:
✪ Past Post: Missionaries, Luxury & Living Reasonably – Missionaries, don’t be carless or reckless with your money.
✪ Recently Read: The Lowdown: Business Etiquette – Japan – Since I was going to Japan I thought I would read a short book and learn some basic lessons. This short book/guide is written in a question and answer format. It seems to do a good job covering the basics and giving practical advice. From the book: “Despite what some would have you believe, there’s nothing particularly mysterious or complicated about doing business with the Japanese. However, there are some differences from western protocol and some sensitivities that you need to be aware of.” 
✪ Recently Read: A New History of Christianity in China (Wiley Blackwell Guides to Global Christianity) – I really enjoyed reading this scholarly work. The book doesn’t focus on any one major movement but gives you the larger picture of what is happening as it moves throughout the timeline of Christianity in China. He shows how the “process was characterized by a persistent, overriding dynamic: the Chinese Christians were first participants, then subordinate partners of the foreign missionaries, then finally the inheritors or sole “owners” of the Chinese church.” I was able to see this pattern develop throughout the book and trace many other similarities that seems to arise from century to century. I highly recommend this book to any student of China missions. 
✪ China Video: 077 High-Speed Railway from Dalian to Harbin, China
✪ New Vlog: Exit Interviews – Season 2 Episode 3 – China Ramblings! Vlog (HD) – More Snow! We have fun running down a huge ramp at the park with the girls and eating dinner at the mall food court with some visiting friends. One morning we went to pass out flyers for the church and an older lady was hit by a car. It is a sad reality of where we live and it just stopped us in our foot steps. Finally, I interview Elizabeth who was here on a short-term trip and also David who was an intern for two months. Listen to their final impressions of China as they leave the country. (Click the subscribe button to receive new updates from our channel in the future when we release new videos.)