Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Japanese, English, & Yarn

This post is long overdue…I am sorry that I have been so slow to write you all.
I first want to thank everyone I had the pleasure of hanging out with for five wonderful weeks at home. Also I want to thank St. Paul’s On the Plains, St. Mark’s, and Heavenly Rest for allowing me to speak. It was great to see all of the familiar faces.
For three weeks, I have been in Sendai working with the Let Us Walk Together Project (go to to read this month’s English newsletter).  They have been very busy weeks but I love it. Currently I am taking a Japanese class that the project is offering to foreigners in Sendai. Even though most of the students (all women) have been in Japan for at least 10 years, their Japanese is not where it should be to find good jobs. The women are eager to learn. They are a lively group. Class is always full of laughter.

Next month I will start teaching an English Teachers Development workshop. In the workshop we will work on pronunciation and class room management. I feel inadequate to teach these things but through friends, family, and the resources of the web I am figuring it out. If anyone you have tips please send me an email at I have also started working with some of my friends in the office on English pronunciation while they help me with my Japanese. It works pretty well.  Just the little experience I've had, has been an immense help.

A year ago the project had a Japanese class for Filipinas who were victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Once the class was finished they wanted to continue gathering together. So once a month volunteers meet with the women to teach various crafts. This past Saturday a group of us from the office and a couple volunteers went to Minami Sanriku noh Shizugawa. Right now they are crocheting slippers and bags. It was a great day full of yarn and laughter. Below are some of the pictures from Saturday.

One last thing, I am still raising support for my mission work here in Japan. I want to incvte you to support to continue to support me through prayers and donations. I truly can not do this work without your support. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate please send a check with “Katie’s mission work” in the memo line to:

Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church
602 Meander
Abilene, TX 79602

Thank you for tuning in!

Hkaru learning how to use scissors

Yutaka-san teaching Hikaru how to crochet

The crocheters!

1 comment:

  1. Glad you're back in the good ol'.... JAPAN!!! Can't wait to hear more about your work in Sendai! Hope all is well!