Students do service projects

Screen Shot 2018-02-12 at 8.27.58 PMThrough daily devotions, we’ve been encouraging our students to focus on others first. To put this into action,
our students were involved in service projects:
  • Using the arts (drama, music, art, and dance) to present the Gospel at 5 different locations.
  • Cleaning up local beaches and a local zoo.
  • Ministering to 70 homeless people by providing food and fellowship.
  • Visiting several nursing homes, where they met the residents and played games with them.
  • Doing odd jobs for 2 churches.
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Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
  • Praise God for providing opportunities for students to use their learning to serve others.
  • Praise God for the upcoming baptism of an OCSI parent on Sunday, February 18.
  • Ask God to provide 3 bus drivers and 5 bus monitors.
  • Ask God for the health, energy, and wisdom we need as we serve at OCSI.
Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

 

Michael & Kim
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First semester went well!

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First is semester done, and it went well! Good things that happened include:
Second semester is already off to a good start!
  • Daily devotions are focusing on walking with God.
  • Teachers are preparing for Service Week.
  • Students are participating in a basketball tournament.
Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan. Please continue to pray for bus drivers (see photo) and that our students become Christians.

 

Michael & Kim

 

Essenburg Newsletter

Reaching Japan for Jesus in 2017

Annual Report Page 1

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In Japan, few know Jesus. We use Christian education to reach Japan for Jesus by serving at Okinawa Christian School International (OCSI). OCSI provides Christian teachers, Bible class and chapel, and biblical integration across the curriculum. OCSI helps students learn about Jesus and about living for Jesus.

And God is blessing His work! First and 2nd grade students shared prayer requests and learned they can pray for anything. Fourth and 5th grade students thought deeply about purpose and values in Bible class.

Middle schoolers worked in teams to produce a short video identifying the major themes and lessons of the Nativity story in Matthew and Luke. High schoolers reflected on how we can extrapolate principles from the Bible that are applicable today in spite of all the ways life has changed in the thousands of years since it was written.

A student (who last year shared that he wasn’t a Christian) shared that God plays a role in our world. Two students recently accepted Jesus into their hearts. And parents are attending Bible studies.

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A key focus for us is helping OCS grow organizationally. In addition to teaching high school English, Kim serves as curriculum coordinator. She leads book discussions, encourages biblical integration, and facilitates curriculum review. Michael, head of school, focuses staff on OCSI’s mission and philosophy, oversees the implementation of the school improvement plan, and works on staffing.

Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael and Kim

P.S. We enjoyed being with family over the holidays!

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Merry Christmas

What do Japanese like to do over the holidays? Some like to see light shows, go shopping, and eat KFC.  We like to watch White Christmas, sing carols, and eat cookies. How about you? What do you like to do at Christmas?

One of the things we like about Christmas in Japan is that it is a good opportunity to share the good news of Jesus. OCSI’s Christmas programs on Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 shared the real meaning of Christmas. Please ask God to use Christmas events to reach non-Christian Japanese.

What are your plans for the holidays? We’re headed to the US to see family. Merry Christmas and happy New Year! And thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Michael & Kim
P.S. Check out the photo from the OCSI staff Christmas party that Kim and I hosted!
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We want our students to think both critically and Biblically

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We want our students to think both critically and Biblically. It’s good to see…

  • 1st grade artists exploring the concept of symmetry through portrait drawing.
  • 4th and 5th grade students thinking deeply about purpose and values in Bible class.
  • 7th grade scientists considering the question, “How are these molecules the same and different?”
  • 11th grade AP English students constructing argument essays, having researched both sides of their chosen issue.
To learn more, check out these blogs:
Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
  • Ask God to help each student to think from a Biblical perspective.
  • Ask God to provide a full staff for next school year.

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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan.

Michael & Kim

2 students became Christians!

At this year’s camp for grades 4 and 5, students focused on God’s power—and 2 students asked Jesus into their hearts! Check out the video!

  • Middle school (Oct. 18-20) focuses on the armor of God.
  • High school camp (Oct. 25-27) focuses on trusting God.
Thanks for praying:
  • Praise God that 2 of our students decided to follow Jesus. Ask God to help them grow.
  • Ask God to work in the hearts of parents who are attending OCSI’s Bible study on parenting.
Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!
Michael & Kim
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We want more and more Japanese to know Jesus

In Japan, few know Jesus. So it’s exciting to hear the testimony of a fellow Christian. Check out this video:

OCSI, we want our students to know Jesus. So…
  • We provide Christian teachers, Bible class and chapel, and biblical integration across the curriculum.
  • We focus on helping students understand God/His world and to think Biblically.
And God is blessing His work! For example, a student (who last year shared that he wasn’t a Christian)now shares that God plays a role in our world.

Thanks for praying:
  • Praise God for providing a middle school math/science teacher.
  • Praise God that parents are attending a Bible study on parenting.
  • Ask God to provide a bus driver.

OCSI-Job-PostingThanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!

Michael and Kim
P.S. Check out our new elementary T-shirts that feature our expected student outcomes!

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Good things are happening at OCSI

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Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • Students continue to learn about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students learned about story sequence, God as Creator of this world, the joy of reading, and the impact of Jesus’ life here on Earth
  • Teachers are increasing their understanding as they participate in professional development on student safety, engaging instruction, and differentiation. (Last week, Kim started hosting a book discussion on differentiation.)
To learn more, check out these blogs entries:
Thanks for praying for OCSI:
  • Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
  • Ask God to provide staff.
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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan!
Michael & Kim
P.S. Check out the college T-shirts staff wore to school—good way to get high schoolers to talk about college!
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Good things are happening at OCSI

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Good things are happening at OCSI:
  • Students are learning about God, His world, and their place in it. For example, students are grappling with things like personal connections with Bible verses, the relationship between mass and volume, and how absolute and relative location help us understand the world.
  • Teachers are helping students increase their understanding by asking open-ended questions, helping students master key vocabulary words, and providing students with feedback.
  • Keep Each Other SafeThrough our Keep Each Other Safe Program, we are helping students understand the importance of speaking the truth in love and respecting each other as God’s image bearers.
To learn more, check out these blogs entries:
Thanks for praying for OCSI:
  • Praise God for working in the hearts of our students. One student recently shared about becoming a Christian!
  • Ask God to use the parent Bible study that starts on October 6 to help parents understand Biblical parenting.
  • Ask God to provide staff.
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Thanks for being involved in God’s work in Japan! (Can you find Kim in the above photo?)

Michael & Kim