Monday, October 31, 2011

Our Weekend in Japan and the start of a new week

 So Sat the Steppin Out team worked on the house for a half day (till 2:00 actually).  Then we came back to camp early. Now, the reason we came back early... so we could do more carpentry work! Earl, Wes, John, and Gary all set to cutting, measuring and nailing 
the minute we got back to camp. All for the sake of a personal bedhead shelf for each of them. Needless to say I rebelled against such foolishness. lol I mean it was Sat!  
So now we have our own little room separated from the rest of the room. It is really quite nice (though I haven't admitted it to the rest of the guys).  See the situation is this. We were supposed to get moved out to the bunk house as soon as some carpenters moved out, but then more moved in (long term, three month, paid carpenters. They rank above us) before we could.  So now it looks like we are stuck in the volunteer room for the rest of our stay here. But now we have our own little room and probably have more room than the guys out in the tents do)
 What I'll have to do is get some pictures of the finished product to show you guys.  I never realized how handy it could be to have a few carpenters around to adapt the surroundings.

And then there was Sunday.
It was a fairly eventful day. There was a lot of driving but it was worth it for the most part.
Our adventure started mid-morning with us driving through a place that was hit much harder by the Tsunami than the place where we are working. There was not really anything left that could be repaired. 

Our first group picture

 Basically, after a while everything starts looking the same. Piles of junk cars, piles of trash being sorted for recycle, broken homes, broken bridges, it all starts to blend together. But! There was one thing that really stood out John took us to.  Well inland of the sea there was a gianormus ship that the Tsunami had carried all that way!

 We found this little Buddha statue a little ways from the ship.  At first I was just taking a picture of the statue, but then the juxtaposition of the smiling jolly Buddha and the and the reality of the destruction behind caught my eye. Buddha cannot save from the Tsunami. Nor can any kind of ceremony or ritual save you from death. But a scripture verse that Matthew McDonald shared with me yesterday reminds of of the truth. 

Psalms 29:10-11 "The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. The Lord will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace" 

I probably took like 20 pictures trying to get it to look right.

 After the ship we continued our journey on to the Sepita (or something like that) base camp. This Samaritan's Purse camp was located up in a mountain village.  By the providence of God and to my great joy there was located next to the camp a Japanese Baseball stadium/baseball camp! It was pretty awesome! Plus!!! a street away from that there was a Japanese festival going on! That was even more awesome!

 This is Gary standing in line for his Ice cream cone! They were good! I had a Japanese green tea ice cream.
 Carving a bird statue. Lots of cool stuff like this was there. Plus some good food as well. Plus there were tons of Japanese people there (we were the only white people). There was a parade and everything! And I got to talk to a few people and learned a word or two in Japanese. (I heard several more that I have not figured out yet)


And then we did alot more driving and then went home (at least that is my version of the story).  I've left something of the trip out.  Actually something that has happened so far this whole time in Japan.  The only stores these guys will go into or even take me to or tool stores! We've been to three or four different tool stores already and not once have I been able to get to a regular store to do any kind of souvenir shopping (or just to look at anything besides tool which we've already been looking at all day!).  LOL.  I am asking asking for help from all the wives, children, and close friends of these guys. Please start sending some emails reminding them that you expect some kind of present upon their return (something besides Japanese tools!) LOL I'm just joking, but seriously, these guys never get tired of looking at tools.

Alright, you can look at more pictures from today's upload at

Something I've found recently is the Samaritan's Purse facebook page. If you would like to read about them there...


  1. Billy, I'm sorry, but I can't ask Gary to bring anything back - did you see how full his cases were? lol

  2. You were the only one who bought something while we was at the tool store Sunday. What are you complaining about?