Today, we are going to visit another part of the world….Japan. My friend, Rebel Hill, and her family are church planting missionaries to this country. They’ve lived on the field for about 14 months now and are working hard at learning the language to begin their church planting efforts. Rebel graciously agreed to answer a few questions about her new life on the mission field.
Again, I pray that reading her responses gives you a better idea about what day-to-day life looks like for a new missionary wife on the field.
Q: What is your favorite thing about your new home, Japan?
Q: What has been your biggest struggle during your 1st year on the mission field?
A: It is so difficult to not be able to say all you want to say, as you learn a new language. At the beginning, not knowing anything, it was just this helpless feeling. Now, as we learn more and more Japanese, we can get around just fine. But there is so much I want to say, so much I want to share about Christ with my friends. I am so thankful for my friends here. They are so patient with me, as I stumble through my second language. And one day, I hope soon, I will be able to share all that is in my heart with these friends.
Q: What are some things you have done to help your kids adjust to their new culture?
Q: What do you miss most from the States?
Q: How do you keep your relationship with the Lord a priority?
Q: What is your favorite or most interested thing about your new culture?
A: Right now I am learning a little about the Japanese tea ceremony. One of our Japanese teachers is taking some extra time to teach me about it. It is really interesting to see the details in it. There is a certain way and pattern to do each step, as you serve the tea, and it makes it so beautiful. And also, for those drinking, a particular way you sit, pick up your cup, and even a certain way to drink your tea.
Q: What have been some ways that you can keep in touch with family and friends from the States?
Q: What are some prayer requests you currently have?
A: I would really appreciate your prayers as we continue to learn Japanese. And then for the church we are helping in, Agape Baptist, please pray, as the church is growing, and is in need of a larger building.
Take time to check out the Hill’s website HERE or sign up for their e-mail updates HERE. They are also on social media which makes it super easy to contact Rebel to let her know that you are praying for her and her family…I know it would be a great encouragement to her!