I will be gone the next several days for some time away with my family. While I'm gone I'm thrilled to have my twin brother, Mark, fill in for me as a guest blogger. As you can imagine, Mark and I share many memories--too many to recount in this small post. However, I'm most grateful for how we've continued to sharpen and encourage one another over the years even after Mark was called to be a missionary in Japan. If any of you are twins or have twins in your family, you can imagine how hard it would be to not see your twin on a regular basis. And yet, God is gracious and continues to bring us together over the miles through email, blogs, and Skype.
I encourage you to check in these next few days as Mark will no doubt be a blessing to your faith. He is a gifted, humble man who has a heart for investing himself into the lives of people for the advancement of God's kingdom. Along with his precious wife, Maki, and 4 month old son Noah, Mark patiently gives his life to Japanese young people (both college students and little children). He works for International Chapel Ministries (ICM) and teaches Science to 5th graders at Kyoto International University and Academy (KIU). Check out this video to get a glimpse of Mark and Maki's heart for Japan. And while you're at it, lift them up in prayer and send them an e-mail at markinkyoto(ATmark)gmail.com if you want to know more about how you can support their ministry.