Q: Where are you missionaries?
A:Japan! We are the only resident A/G missionaries in our province, Ibaraki.
Q: Where do you live?
A: We recently moved to Tsukuba, Japan in the church parsonage where we pastor. We used to rent about an 825 sq ft. duplex in the “country” (although it still looks like a city to us!). Now, we live in Tsukuba, the Science City, where our church and campus ministry is located. It is about 1-2 hours North by train from Tokyo.
Q: What types of ministry do you do?
A: Chris is the pastor of our church, Tsukuba International Christian Assembly. We have launched a Chi Alpha campus ministry at the University of Tsukuba. Chris also teaches once a week at Central Bible College, Tokyo.
Q: How long will you be serving as missionaries?
A: We are “career missionaries”. This means that we plan to live in and serve in Japan until we are no longer able to or until God calls us elsewhere. Basically, if we had it our way, you’d have to burry us here! We will, however, be coming back to the US for a year of fundraising sometime in 2015.
Q: What is the weather like?
A: The weather is similar to what you would find in the pacific northwest of the United States. Fall and spring have moderate temperatures (50’s-70’s), summers are hot and humid (80-90’s) and winters are cool (40’s- 30’s). June is the rainiest month and summer lasts a little later here, until the end of September.
Q: What kind of food do you eat?
A:Quite a variety. We eat a lot of typical American food and we also enjoy cooking Mexican and Italian. We have to make all our meals from scratch, so were always looking for new recipes (you can e-mail them to Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org). We also eat Japanese food at least once a week. Some of our favorite dishes include, sashimi and sushi, yakatori (barbequed meat on a stick with special sauce) and of course, lots of rice! Food here is very expensive and the produce is seasonal. 1 loaf of the cheapest white bread (16 slices) cost about $3, and you can double that for wheat bread, if you can find it! Milk cost about $8 a gallon. 1 chicken breast cost about $2. One apple or orange cost anywhere from $1.25- $2.50. We’ve seen various melons at the grocery store for over $20!
Q: What do you do with your free time?
A: We are really busy and don’t get a lot of free time, but we do have several activities we enjoy. When the weather is nice we like to walk through the rice fields over to our neighborhood park. Most evenings after the kids go to bed, Chris and Lindsey read aloud together or watch a video. Lindsey enjoys scrapbooking and working on various craft projects when she has the time. Addie and Hudson love arts and crafts projects. Wesley is our big movie expert. The kids all enjoy bike riding, legos and audio books.
Q. What do your kids think about being missionary kids to Japan?