Our final day in Tohoku. We had slept at the Zao Baptist church where we stayed on our first prayer trip to Tohoku. They rented futons pillows and sheets so we could sleep at a the back of the church.
Since our last visit Yamagata City had build its very first drive through Starbucks. Only a couple of minutes from the church. So after helping the pick up lady get the bedding into her vehicle we headed on over to begin the day in style.
We had already accomplished our mission of praying in Iwate Prefecture, Aomori Prefecture and Akita Prefecture so our time here was mainly to relax and build on the relationships we established last time we visited and to break our journey back to Tokyo.
Meet Kazuki! Last time we met he was a bible student. Now he has completed his studies and is on staff at the church. Today just happened to be his birthday! Really? I love these God moments along the way! We gladly took time to pray for him and his coming year!
After coffee we went to Naoko’s Grandparents house to pick up some gifts they had prepared for Gary and Naoko. Their grandfather was just about to go for a hospital visit so we arrived at the right time to pray!
We were joined by Ken the Pastor of Zao Baptist Church, enjoyed a soba lunch together, then he took us all to a nearby Onsen. We took time to pray for Ken in the next season of his life and he in turn prayed for our trip back to Tokyo.
We got back to Tokyo around 22:00 a little tired but full of awe at how much we had accomplished in such a short time. We travelled 2,250 kilometers, achieved our goal of praying in the three northern prefectures of Tohoku and were even able to make it to the most northern point of the region.