We had a great team to Japan in August as we hosted a youth English camp. We were able to take a homebuilding company that uses their company and profits to invest in the Kingdom and their employees. They have invested in the camp in Japan and it was great to take them to work with the kids there and experience the impact of their generosity.
We started the trip by doing some work on a church in the Tokyo metro area with some great missionary friends who also organized the English camp. We replaced flooring, installed some trim, painted, cleaned, and did some gardening. But, the most amazing impact of the day happened after we left. A girl had been watching us from across the street the entire day. Unbeknownst to us, the missionary and his family had talked to her on multiple occasions and she had even gone to a youth camp with the church. After watching us work all day, she came over to the church and gave her life to Christ! You never know who is watching and what impact your service is making.
The next day we went to church, and then headed to the campgrounds with the missionary and his family. We prepared the camp for the kids to arrive. We got to work with them on their English, play games with them and spend time in Bible studies and preaching. We even played a giant game of Scrabble to help with English words, and they loved it! The kids there are now able to speak Texan. LOL! After the camp was over, we did some more work on the camp and then took the team back into Tokyo via the bullet train, and let them tour the city before they flew home.