We want our students to learn about Jesus!

We want our students to learn about Jesus! So, we provide Christian teachers, teach the Bible, and go to camp—check out the video! One elementary teacher shared, “Four of the girls in my cabin said they had not ever made decisions for Christ yet and weren’t ready to pray with me at the time, but were doing much reflection as our speaker shared about the different soils.”


  • Pray that these 4 students would follow Jesus.
  • Pray that God will use high school camp (September 24-26) to work in students’ hearts.
  • Praise God that 9 elementary students are attending a lunchtime Bible study.

Michael & Kim
P.S.For more photos, check out OCSI on Facebookand Instagram!


God is at work!

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Praise God…
  • That a recently baptized OCSI mom and her kids are coming to the church we attend.
  • For providing OCSI with a full staff, including bus drivers and bus monitors.
  • That our students (many of whom come from unchurched homes) are learning about God, His world, and their place in it.
We’re grateful for your prayers, gifts, and friendship.
Michael & Kim
P.S. If you have questions about our 1-year home assignment (that starts in June 2019) or about this being our final year at OCSI, please contact us. After home assignment, we’d like to continue using Christian education to share the good news of Jesus. We are already exploring schools in Japan and talking with our 2 missions (RCE and Resonate Global).


We’re off to a good start


Our 32nd year in Japan is off to a good start:

  • 8/13-17: Michael enjoyed leading staff orientation, which focused on student safety and effective parent communication.
  • 8/21: The first day of classes at OCSI went well!
  • 8/22: Kim’s students discussed their summer reading (David and GoliathThings Fall Apart).

Thanks for praying:

  • Praise God for a good start to this school year. We have 423 students.
  • Ask God to work in the hearts of our students. Many do not know Jesus.

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

Michael & Kim
P.S. If you have questions about our home assignment that starts in June 2019 or about this being our final year at OCSI, please contact us.

We’ve had a good year at OCSI!

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We’ve had a good year at OCSI! Check out 1 or more sections of OCSI’s annual report:
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Please continue to pray:
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Helping students grow strong in Jesus


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

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:
  • Option 1: Give through the other mission we are affiliated with, RCE International(Designate “14944”): Online • Electronic Fund Transfer • Check: RCE International, PO Box 4528, Wheaton IL 60189
  • Option 2: Continue giving through Resonate Global. If you wish to continue giving through Resonate Global and want us to receive the same amount of support, please increase your giving by 6.75%, starting July 1, 2018.
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!


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


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