A second bond came from a pastor in Japan that I met on a trip to visit my son who was living and working in Japan. My wife and I were visiting our son, Daniel, in Japan. While we were there we determined that we wanted to visit a Christian church to have the experience and to aid us in our understanding of their culture.
We asked our daughter-in-law if she knew where on was and she put us in contact with a church. The church then sent a car to pick us up as we didn’t know our way around the area. We were so appreciative and wanted to thank them in the right way. I knew that gifting was a big thing in Japan but we were on our way already so there wasn’t time to buy something. Then I remembered that I had a copy of my book with me and determined to give that as a gift for their care for us.
Upon arrival, we were directed into the church and introduced to the pastor. I then presented the pastor with my gift, not knowing if I was doing it right. He hesitated for a moment and then he got misty and I thought he was going to cry. I asked, did I do something wrong? He replied, No you don’t understand. You see, I have been praying that the Lord would send me someone to encourage me and you are him. Then I felt like crying. Our bond was immediate as we both felt that this was a divine appointment. I am not sure what he told the congregation but after the service we were surrounded by everyone and they all wanted to talk with us. At one point I was talking to four people at the same time, trying to answer their questions and my wife was trying to talk to two more. All the while the others were crowding around to listen. This went on for the better part of an hour so we didn’t get any time to speak with the pastor. He then requested for us to join him for lunch the next day.
Darla, wasn’t feeling well the next day so I went on alone. I was met with the pastor, his wife, his daughter and son-in-law at a fine restaurant and enjoyed a great meal. He shared that he had read my entire book and was so impressed that he asked permission to use it in his work and of course I agreed. He then told me of a member of his church that was impressed by our visit that she had determined to read my book as well. The pastor challenged her with the question, you don’t speak English nor do you read English, so how do you intend to do that. She replied that she had considered it and had decided that she would get an English/Japanese dictionary and read it that way. (Note, so far she has read three chapters.) My immediate thought was, Lord give us this kind of dedication.
Our bond was instantaneous and has continued to this day. He became my second translator though I wasn’t even looking for another translator. He now calls me his mentor though I learn from him continually. His heart is so big that it includes all of Japan and China. He has made at least 9 trips to China to train the young pastors there. Because of his schedule, the translation has been going slow but recently the Lord sent him an assistant so the work will gather momentum. His goal is for all of Japan to read the book and to put their trust in the Lord.
to be continued . . .