Kia ora church whanau!
I want to firstly thank everyone for your prayers and encouragement! Also to those who kindly helped me with funding. With your help I was able to afford the essential things for my small apartment and food to survive the first few months here, I can't thank you all enough!
The first week in Japan was absolutely hectic and no stop, as over 1,000 participants, from around the world, also doing the JET Programme, went through a tedious but very necessary 3 day orientation in Tokyo. This involved a lot of different seminars on things such as how to cope with homesickness, Japanese law, culture shock and so much more.
Once orientation was over, I was sent off by bullet train to Osaka, the city I would call my home for the next 2 or so years. I met my supervisors and the BOE I am working for. I am so thankful that everyone has been so kind and patient with me, and how much they have helped me settle into my new life.
I am teaching English at two Elementary schools and I am mainly teaching the year 3's - 6, and during cleaning time ( yes, everyday after lunch they get the students to clean the whole school) I help the year1's and 2's. I cannot express how cute they are! The dialect here in Osaka is so strong, and it is really testing my Japanese skills, but I love it!
It has also been so hot and humid, averaging 32° everyday almost! At 6am it's already around 27°!
I haven't felt too lonely yet, or had a " Why God whyyyy!" moment yet, but I do miss you all dearly. Being away from my church family I have realized the value of having Christian friends, although I know God is always with me and how powerful prayer is, it's always good to have your church family there to keep you grounded sometimes.
One thing I would like prayer for is finding a church here that I feel connected to and spiritually feed by.
Once again, thank you all so much! You continue to be in my prayers.
Love you all, and God bless!
An update from Emma
October 16, 2023