Helping students grow strong in Jesus

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Last Saturday, we celebrated Children’s Day, a Japanese national holiday.
As part of the celebration, people flew carp streamers (see 34-second video). Why fly carp streamers? Because Japanese parents want their children to grow strong—just like carp.

Kim and I want children to grow strong, and we want them to grow strong in Jesus. To help children who attend OCSI grow strong in the Lord, OCSI provides role models, Bible class, chapels, and biblically integrated instruction.

Please keep praying for God’s work in Japan:

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

Michael & Kim

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We’re doing well—hope you are, too!

We’re doing well—hope you are, too!

  • Accreditation is done, budgeting is done, and parent-teacher conferences are done!
  • Today, we finished the 3rd quarter at OCSI. On Sunday, we celebrate Easter. And on Monday, we head to Tokyo (where we used to live) for spring break.
  • Our family (see photos) is doing well. Grandchild #2 arrives in September!
Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
Michael & Kim
P.S. Please note that starting July 1, 2018, Resonate Global Mission will begin applying a 6.25% service fee for all gifts. Recognizing that this will affect our support level, Resonate Global suggested we share with you the following 2 options:
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If you have questions or concerns, please contact us. We know July 1 is several months away, and we wanted to give you time to consider how you want to proceed.
Essenburg Update

Thanks for praying for us!

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Thanks for praying for us! 
(1) Thanks for asking God for an effective accreditation visit (March13-16). The visit went well. A team of 5 educators reviewed OCSI’s report, visited classes, studied documents, held meetings, identified OCSI’s top strengths and growth areas, and reported their findings to OCSI’s 2 accreditation agencies: the Association of Christian Schools International and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. In the coming weeks, we will use the team’s feedback to more effectively equip students to walk with Jesus and impact the world for Him.

(2) Thanks also for asking God to provide bus drivers, bus monitors, a vehicles coordinator, and a maintenance worker. We were able to hire one bus monitor from now until June. Please continue praying.

Michael & Kim

P.S. Ever wonder what we eat for breakfast? Recently I tried soup-flavored granola (complete with dried vegetables and bacon)—check out the photo!

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Take a 4-minute trip to Okinawa, Japan

Take a 4-minute trip to Okinawa, Japan!

Please continue to pray for God’s work in Japan:
Michael & Kim
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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

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