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Nozomi ImanishiNozomi Imanishi has served with Asian Access since 2001 and has helped to plant three churches in different areas of Japan (Yamagata, Osaka, and Okinawa). Currently, Nozomi lives in the heart of Tokyo, focusing on creative church planting. She has also been spending a lot of time in the tsunami-stricken areas of Northeast Japan.

Her blog "Rosa" is full of fun stories from her unique perspective.

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Written by Nozomi Imanishi   
Sunday, 19 December 2010 18:20
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A2 Advent Devotional

by Nozomi Imanishi

For to us a child is born . . . And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
—Isaiah 9:6

Sometimes I wonder if I break God’s heart all day, every day. And not because I’m doing something wrong, something bad. But he sees how I pretend to be busy with the cookies at the side of the register, so I can avoid looking directly at the clerk, who is too handsome for me to look at.

And if I were God, and I saw my kid, and how frightened she sometimes was I’d be pretty heartbroken. But then again if I were God, and I could see the clear, sharp pieces of joy that sometimes intersect through the flatness, wouldn’t I be that much more precious to him?

Some things God loves about me: the scrap cloth that keeps my place in books, my chipped nail polish, the way I smell after a day at the beach, my quietness. And it makes me feel like a treasure, and he would say it slow like this; ah- tre- jah.

But he must have been awfully worried, because he came all the way to see me. I’m not really sure why he did it the way he did. Why he had to be born and why he had to have a mother, but that’s the way it happened.

I guess in part he wants me to know that he gets it, the whole awkwardly alive-thing. And even though I know that’s probably not the deepest or even most important reason, I’m okay with just that.

December days are thin like eggshells. It’s like I can feel God’s heartbreak and love for me, clear through the soft sunshine. I’m going to try and be less afraid this winter season. I’ll at least give it a try. It’s the least I can do, since God’s come all this way to meet me here again.

Me in my city

Nozomi Imanishi
Church Planting Associate

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Last Updated on Sunday, 19 December 2010 23:22
La Return to Japon! PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 November 2010 19:43
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I am returning to Japan in January!  I'm excited and nervous, ready to go yesterday and also sad about leaving home again.  I wish I could take a couple of good friends, some food I can't easily get overseas (the list would be too long to list here), maybe central heating- okay, really central heating- but, I'm glad to be returning to the ministry and call that God has placed in my life.  A new term, and new places and people!  Christmas at home in Canada- no small blessing, and two months of preparation time before I leave.  Good deal! 

I will be heading to Tokyo (my first time ever in the city I was actually born in.)  I'm praying for some final practical things to come together and if you think of it, would you pray for a good apartment for me to live?  A place that I could easily invite others into, and a place that I could call home.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 December 2010 13:43
Art PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 August 2010 17:00
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by Nozomi Imanishi

Posing with a few members after Arts Life Group, trying to look like deep and mysterious artists-ending up looking just mysterious.  

Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 August 2010 21:09
Dipped in the December Sea PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 January 2010 17:47
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We celebrated two baptisms at the Okinawa City church plant in December.  And by celebrated I mean, they were the first ever baptisms coming out of our church plant!  We were a little weepy and smiley on the beach (you can see our shadows being cast along the bottom of the photo) as we watched and waited.

One of the perks of being on this southern island is being able to dunk people in the sea even in December, but wow! no joke, it was co-old!  We also provided some early morning bewilderment for joggers who wondered what the people singing on the beach could possibly be doing to the people in the water.  Perhaps they thought a bet was lost.  All in all it was a terrific morning.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 March 2010 15:57
Praying- Okinawan Style PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nozomi Imanishi   
Friday, 02 October 2009 21:43
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This year my fellow Okinawan missionaries and I spent our annual Day of Prayer on Kerima Island, a tiny island two hours by ferry from Naha City.  We spent the night and prayed for Japan, our mission and our churches.   


In addition to prayer, we spent quality time being swept away in the strangely strong surf action along the beach, and snorkeling over the coral reefs.  The water around Kerima is clear as glass and the fish we saw- large and plentiful.  

The impression I'm left with after this year's day of prayer is how amazing the Creator God is.  How beautiful his work, and how lovely to both play and pray in it, in this case it was hard to feel a difference, playing was an act of prayer, and prayer was in fact play.  

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Last Updated on Thursday, 04 March 2010 16:05
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