Hi! I'm Analise, a third year Biblical Studies and Theology major at Tyndale. I'm very excited for where the Lord will lead me, and looking forward to doing missionary work in Japan. I'll be returning to Hirosaki, where I previously was a part of a Tyndale missions trip.
Map of our journey to Hirosaki!
Hi everyone!I hope everyone is doing well! The rest of the team and I are mid-way through the exam season, so we've been busy getting awesome grades. But I do have an update about the team, besides exams; We've got our plane tickets purchased!! It's so amazing, and it's made it feel so real to have the actual seats booked. We're going to be flying from Toronto to Tokyo, where we land in Narita airport, take a shuttle bus over to Haneda airport, catch a flight up to Aomori, where we'll get a train to Hirosaki. At Hirosaki, the Ghents will pick us up at the train station and our mission will truly begin.I've included a map above that shows how we're going to be traveling, minus the bus ride. Might've been a bit too small on the map, haha.It should also be noted that this journey begins on May 10th. This means less than a month to go until we're literally on the plane to go.I want to invite you to join us in prayer for the funds to come in. One of the things that I have to consistently remind myself of is that if this is meant to be in God's will, it will happen. Also, if you feel called to donate in a monetary way, it would be beyond appreciated.If aren't interested in donating, I also have a few items for sale that all the proceeds go to this fundraiser. This includes earrings, paper crane mobiles, prints of Japan taken two years ago by yours truly, and I'm even open for commissions on paintings. Everything is based on what you want to pay for the artwork, within reason. If you're curious about anything I've listed, don't hesitate to message me here or on Facebook, I'd be more than happy to answer any and all questions. I also want to thank everyone who has already donated or purchased something, because, without you, we wouldn't have our tickets booked. I'm also just so beyond grateful for everyone who reads this blog, prays, and/or donates.This isn't just me going on a missions trip, this is the body of Christ coming together to further His kingdom. I want everyone to know that this missions trip isn't my mission, it's God's mission, our mission. You are a part of this, and there are no small parts.Thank you for reading this blog, continue to pray for us as our time before departure winds down. Blessings,Analise
Got a photo at the Coffeehouse!
Hi everyone! Thank you for continuing to follow this page!So this has been a busy few weeks for the whole team, but it's been so good too.Unfortunately, the Missions Showcase was canceled, however, there was a coffeehouse the week before the showcase was to happen, so they combined the two! It was amazing. There was the coffeehouse occurring inside the student commons, and then in the hallway outside there was student's art lined up on tables. Each missions team was also given a table. Team Japan had so much to offer! We had mobiles made from wood and paper cranes, we had soap jellies handmade by Jessica, we had prints from my trip two years ago, cookies made with connection to each one of us. We even had a raffle of a pie made by Josh Lander, a mobile, and a print of the winner's choosing. For anyone following me on Facebook, we also sold the earrings I've been posting. The amazing thing about this sale was how much we sold, and yet still have so much left. If any of you missed the coffeehouse but are interested in any of the things I've mentioned, feel free to leave a comment or message me and I'd be more than happy to give you any information.Each one of Team Japan is beginning to feel the end of the school year. We only have one week left before exams, and then it's only a few weeks before we head off to Japan. We hope that you can continue to keep us in your prayers because that is so important for this mission. Also, if you feel it in your heart and are financially capable, please donate to the mission. We cannot get to Japan without this, and we want nothing more than to go and share Christ in a country with less than 1% Christian. It's not a vacation, we're going there to work, and work hard, in a church plant out in a rural part of Japan. Once again, thank you so much for following this mission, for supporting us, and for praying. We appreciate it so so much.Blessings,
One of the prints and the cast of "The Wait-List Files"
Hi everyone! I've been feeling so blessed lately for everything that's been happening this month and just wanted to update everyone on what's happening, both in my life and in this mission opportunity.In my life, Saturday, March 18th was the final day of the showing of the play "The Wait-List Files". I was a part of this play as a couple of minor characters, but it was so fun to get on stage and just be ridiculous for a few weeks. The play was a huge success and thank you to anyone who was able to come out. The cast and I had so much fun performing.As for what's on go with this mission opportunity, you're in for a treat. On March 30th, as far as I'm aware, there is a Mission's Showcase occurring at Tyndale. Team Japan and I have been super busy preparing for the event, and we've got lots of awesome things to sell at our booth. Since you're so kind as to read this blog, I'll tell you a couple of the things we're selling: Many, many types of cookies, as well as some prints of photographs I took while in Japan two years ago. I'll be posting an update of all the things we'll be selling, and if you can't get to Tyndale but really want something from the table, feel free to shoot me a message. The Team and I may be able to work something out for you. As for the people around Tyndale, please come to the school on March 30th! Mission's Showcase is my favorite part of the school community and I'm so excited to see what the other teams are showcasing.I want to thank you again for partnering with the team and I for this amazing opportunity. We're all working so hard for this mission, and each one of us is so excited to share Christ in Japan. We're all so grateful you're partnering with us on this trip, in any way. Prayers are always welcome, and that is so needed for the mission we're going to be joining. Thank you so much. Also, if you're curious about anything from Deanna or Jessica, I've got their pages linked below. Blessings,
AnaliseP.S. I'm the one in the blonde wig on the far left in the photo. Surprise!Jessica's page -> https://engage.tyndale.ca/fundraiser.aspx?asset=1062Deanna's Page ->https://engage.tyndale.ca/fundraiser.aspx?asset=1080
On Monday, February 13th, most of Team Japan could be found inside my residence apartment, elbows deep in flour and the apartment fragrant with the smell of baked goods. Together, Jessica and I made at least eight dozen cookies, and at least three dozen cupcakes.
On Valentine’s day the three of us manned the table, ladened with plates of containers of cookies, a spread of cupcakes, and a few earrings I had made over the past month. I think all of us were shocked by how giving and supportive the school was. Faculty, visitors, and students alike purchased the goods, sometimes even giving extra because they understood how important missionary work is. I’d like to think everyone involved had fun, from baking, manning the table, to the visitors who made sitting in the cafeteria so much fun.
It’s after events like this that make me so glad to go to Tyndale. The importance of mission is evident in how students react to fundraisers of all kinds, and how people are willing to join the cause. I feel so blessed to be going to Japan with such awesome people, from an amazing school in worship of a worthy God.
At the end of only a few hours of manning the table we managed to sell every single cupcake, all except for nine cookies, and even some earrings. Thank you for everyone who is praying for our team, for anyone who supported this fundraiser, and for Tyndale who is sending us into the world to help spread the gospel.
Hot chocolate from "Snakes and Lattes" ft. cake
Hi everyone! I hope you're having a good week. This past week I have had an amazing time.
Team Japan decided we wanted to have a meeting outside the school, something for bonding, something fun. So we headed downtown to a lovely place called "Snakes and Lattes" on Thursday, January 26th. We had so much fun playing games, and we were together until quite late at night. Now, for those of you who don't know, my birthday is January 27th. As a team we were together when the clock struck twelve and I officially became twenty. Maria was such a sweetheart and she insisted on grabbing a cake, and then she informed me that in her culture they smash the cake into the birthday person's face. Well, I'm always down for new cultures and was not going to deny Maria the fun. So shortly after midnight I blew out the candles on the cake, the candles were removed, and the cake smashed into my face. I must say, that's the best way to taste a cake I've ever tried.
I feel as a team we're bonding so well and I'm so glad to be able to go with Jessica and Maria to Japan. They're pretty awesome people. We're really excited about some of our fundraising plans that are in the works, and I can't wait to share those ideas with everyone. Please keep the team in your prayers as we prepare for our time in Japan.
Thank you so much for your prayers!
I've sucesssfully completed my first year of university! I'm so happy to be finished, and one step closer to Japan.I've just finished packing up my dorm room, but I'm not headed back to Newfoundland yet. All of the missions team are getting together for a Missions Orientation on the 20th and 21st. I'll be back home on the 23rd, which marks one month left until I leave on the journey of a lifetime.I want to thank everyone who donated in prayer or money, I'll be sending out thank you cards very soon. I can't believe how much support I've gotten, I can't put into words how blessed I feel and how grateful I am.
Thank you so much!
This past Thursday and Friday I performed in "Check Please!" as Girl, one of the two leads, and had an absolute blast.
The play follows Girl and Guy as they go through a series of horrible blind dates. It's a hilarious play and had our audience laughing almost non-stop for 2 hours.
It was so much fun working with the others in the play, and all the proceeds from the play went to Missions. It wasn't just me that was a member of a missions team working with the play though. Andrew Valler, of Team Peru, was an actor with me in the play. We had some hilarious scenes together, including one where he had to wear a laundry bag... Yikes! Also Kelly Saunders, who's with me on Team Japan, worked backstage. She really brought the stage to life with her organization, quick set-up, and patience. She also helped to calm me down and encourage me anytime I got jittery or nervous. It was really a blessing to have her there.
Speaking of being there, the rest of Team Japan also came out for the Thursday showing to support me. It was so wonderful to come off the stage and pulled into a big group hug. Unfortunately we didn't take a photo with all of us there, but the memory remains sweet nonetheless.
Speaking of photos, I didn't actually take any! So the above photos belong to Shealyn Jones, taken on Thursday night and pictured on the left, and Tamarah Jesseau, taken on the Friday night backstage. From the left it's Kelly Saunders, Tamarah Jesseau, Chelsea Kippenhuck, and myself. These three worked so hard Friday night to make everything run smoothly backstage and I'm so grateful for them.
Now, I know what you're wondering. How much was raised for Missions? Well, I can't remember the exact number, but over $800 was raised for Tyndale Missions. I just want to thank all of you who came out or donated during intermission, and just supported this. It means so much to me for you to have done. THANK YOU!
I should continue to be apart of Tyndale Drama next year, so look forward to more plays, more laughs, and more fun.
Thank you again
Hi everyone! It's been some time since my last blog post and I just wanted to update everyone on what's happened and what will happen.First, there was the Used Book sale. A few weeks back there was a used book sale here at Tyndale where all the proceeds went to the missions groups here. The turnout was phenominal. I had the privilege of working the cash for a couple hours and I was amazed with how many people stopped by. Thank you so much to everyone who came out!Speaking of Tyndale events, there is a play coming up on March 5th and 6th; Check Please! It's a play about a series of horrible dates, and I'm one of the leads. All of of the proceeds are going to missions as well, and it's such a fun play. I can't wait for it.Also, Team Japan is pulling off a Japanese Game Show night, with a little help from Team Zambia. We filmed a video for the night as well, scripted by Liz and Kelly. It was so much fun to film and I hope everyone enjoys it, and the rest of the event.I would also like to thank everyone who has donated to help me get to Japan. I'm so grateful for all of you and your partnerning with me for this missions trip. It's starting to feel real now as the time counts down to May 24th, when we'll be flying out to Japan. I'll be sharing updates more often now as the time draws nearer.
Until next time!
The actual best team
So yesterday I finally turned 18, and today my missions team surprised me with a lovely cupake [Which I have already devoured] and a beautiful card feauturing everyone.
I'm so grateful to everyone on the team and so beyond touched at this. Thank you guys so so so much and I'm so looking forward to our time together.
Also, I have achieved "Ring by Spring" thanks to my rising sun being a ring as well. Go happy coincidences! And more happy moments to come.
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