Building renovations

Our kids building was renovated from the middle of March till the beginning of June. It was delayed quite a bit by the 40+ days of rain (the Ark was not in sight). The contractors scraped all the paint off the outside of the building, repainted it and then finished off the rooftop. Below is…


This summer, our family was enjoying every beach day possible, meet with all the friends we could, and made a trip to the mainland of Japan (2 1/2 hours away by plane) to see Mount Fuji, Kyoto and Osaka. It was a fairly epic trip, complete with a very sketchy hotel experience.

Assessment time

The Simburger assessment was a treat for our church family. Lots of support from our church with childcare, audio/video, food, etc. .. just a good opportunity to come alongside our friends and to celebrate what God is doing in their lives.

Easter Sunday

Some shots from our friend, Ben on Easter Sunday. Our family, Jon in the first and second service and the parking lot where the food trucks were parked. So thankful we could hold this celebration feast and enjoy the time as a church family.

Ladies worship night

Our ladies at Pillar Oki were finally able to host a worship night that had been planned for two years. Due to Covid, it was of course postponed and with the recent restrictions it was an uncertainty! But it went together and a good portion of the ladies came. Linnea was able to sing a…

Ministry life

Like many of you in full time ministry, our weekly lives vary greatly. Sometimes there are planned meetings or get togethers, sometimes the week seems open and unplanned for about five minutes before it fills up. Our family has recently begun taking bi-monthly sabbaths which is difficult in ministry, but necessary. We take a Friday…

New smoker

Thanks to some generous friends, Jon’s been enjoying his new smoker weekly cooking up some amazing food. This is one of our recent meals. We are loving it!


The kids and Linnea spent a little bit in a nearby farmers field filled with cosmo flowers. These flowers are grown as fillers in between crops and then turned over but since Okinawa’s spring comes quickly it’s often one of the first flowers blooming after our shortened winter.

Leadership Cohort

Along with several leaders in our church, Jon kicked off a leadership cohort on Sat night that will be training sessions for any in our church who would like to grow and learn as leaders. These sessions will be once a month with bi-monthly small group get togethers- for five months. Please pray for good…