Japan Global Team – 2014

Friends, family, and followers,

I would like to begin this post with heartfelt gratitude for all of the donations, prayers, and thoughts during the past few months preceding and during the Japan global team trip earlier this month. Without all of you, it could not have happened as it did, and I am so happy that you were willing to come alongside our entire team and participate in the trip with us.

Now, realizing that the readers of my blog include people of many backgrounds and faiths, from readers of Beneath the Tangles, to my YouTube followers, to my friends and family, I’m going to attempt to provide a rather broad recollection of the events of the trip with this in mind.

As of the time of writing, it has now been about a week since we all returned to Liberty University from Japan, and most of us (myself included) are still trying to fix our internal clocks from jet lag. The entire experience was amazing, though it feels like a blur now, and so in an attempt to overcome my inadequacies in presenting all parts of the trip fairly, I am going to try to approach my retelling of the events of the trip in chronological order. So, without further ado, here we go!

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Our entire team except for Ashley Haygood, our Liberty representative team leader, who was taking the picture. From left to right, back row: Victoria, James, Allen, Bob (our team leader), me, Ashley (not to be confused with Ashley Haygood), Robert (not to be confused with the Robert on staff at the church), Andrew, Tyler. Front row: Ciara, Rachel, Olivia, Micayla.

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EF: A Tale of Theology

A reposting of an article I wrote for my personal blog last year.

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Japes, our Anime Today columnist, has written a number of articles about the intersection of Christianity and anime for his other blog, Japesland.  He is editing and resposting a number of these entries, including the one below, to Beneath the Tangles .

As I watched through the Ef series (particularly A Tale of Melodies, the sequel to A Tale of Memories), I was immediately struck by how astoundingly deep it was. Whether looking at it from a pure artistic standpoint, a written standpoint, or a theological standpoint, Ef provides quite a lot of interesting material to chew on, especially for me. Because of this, Ef: A Tale of Melodies (the stronger of the two seasons of the series in my opinion) has easily become one of my favorite anime.

Now, because of my Christian faith and the emphasis on religion (particularly with the inclusion of the oft-seen…

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Anime Today: Love is a Fickle Beast, Indeed

The latest entry in my column at Beneath the Tangles, Anime Today.

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Welcome back, Japes! We’ve all missed you! This month has been painful without you! I’m so happy to see you back in action and cannot wait to read all of your upcoming articles and their brilliance!

Aw shucks… thanks, Japes! I’m glad to be back, too! Japan was great and all, but there’s nothing quite like writing for Beneath the Tangles to itch both my theological and otaku scratches.

Okay, now that I’m done with my inner monologue and attempting to swell my head to a size even larger than it already is, I would like to announce that I have finally returned from my short-term missions trip to Japan! It was an amazing experience, but that explanation is best left for an article in and of itself, so I won’t bore you with it here. However, with that said, the last few days since my return have been crammed…

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Japesland to the Land of Japan!

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Zeroe4’s not the only writer here going to Japan.

It was a just a couple of weeks ago that we gave a digital send-off to Zeroe4 as he began a long-term mission trip to Japan.  Today, instead of the biweekly Anime Today column, I’m writing this send-off for it’s writer, Japes/Japesland, on a shorter term trip to Japan.  Here’s a little bit about the mission in Japes’ own words:

We’ll be mostly in Sendai, which got the brunt of the tsunami in 2011. We’ll be doing some ministry to local surfers, helping out with local churches, doing clean-up in a fishing village that was decimated, and various other things.

I hope you’ll consider praying for his trip.  If you have any well wishes or encouraging words to say, please leave those below as well.

And on a closing note, I just had to mention this.  Ever the anime fan and…

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