Today, I (John) will be flying to Singapore for a conference on the Maritime Security Initiative with ASEAN member-nations in Southeast Asia. This is just one additional job that got added to my plate recently on top of my “normal”
duties at work. At the last minute, another stop was added in Guam to help oversee the modernization & consolidation of data centers, data networks, and other IT facilities in that important region. In total, I’ll be gone for two weeks.
Pen & I love to travel, and Mele is starting to get good at it, too. In her first year of life, she obtained a passport, spent a week in Japan, and traveled to the U.S. mainland to meet her extended family. But as much as I enjoy travel, I hate to be separated from Mele & Pen. This may well be my last-ever business trip — I’ve already given notice that I’ll be leaving my job in January so we can join the ministry outreach in Japan; from here forward some lucky individual at work will take over these business trips as part of our turnover in duties.
Big Things, Little Things
This short, two-week trip is a little thing. A couple of Skype chat sessions and I’ll soon be home. Our relocation in 2018 is a BIG thing! It requires us to sell just about everything we own, fix up the house & rent it to strangers, raise support for the ministry, buy one-way tickets to a far-away land, and establish a new life there. The future is very hazy as to what comes next and when/if we would ever come back to Hawaii. We trust in the Lord to guide our steps; we try not to look too far ahead as our wisdom is limited and “we see through a glass, darkly” (1 COR 13:12). We appreciate your prayers for the coming journey to Japan, for our ministry there and the people we will meet. Thank you for being a part of this!
“The Lord himself will go before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forget you. Don’t be afraid and don’t worry.” Deuteronomy 31:8