They write: We as a family recently experienced the college graduation of our son, Shinya from Alderson Broaddus College in West Virginia. We are so thankful that we were able to attend and witness this special event.
The sweet part of the event started on the morning of May 8th with a Baccalaureate Service and a time of prayer and reflection. From there, we were able to attend a special honors lunch. … We celebrated with Shinya and other graduates this beginning of a new phase of his life.
The bitter part of graduation means endings and we were fully aware of this as we helped Shinya clean out his dorm room and get things ready for moving. Having been in Okinawa for three of Shinya’s five years at AB, we were happy to be able to help him in even a small way. We are praying that Shinya will be successful finding work in his field of physical education. This summer he is working at a soccer camp in Maine but will be actively seeking full-time employment. Mom and Dad and younger sister would all be happy were that employment on Okinawa, but we will wait on God for that request.
Leslie was blessed upon our return to Okinawa to witness three more such events at Okinawa Christian School International. Each year, the school honors the achievements of fifth grade students as they prepare for middle school; eighth grade students as they enter high school; and high school students as they prepare for college with special graduation ceremonies. At each level, as secondary Principal, Leslie is able to see fruit from the ministry and the focus on Christ as the students themselves share what school life at OCSI means to them and how Christ has changed their lives.
One senior this year shared with the faculty during morning devotions that she has been able to give thanks even for an ear that became deaf last fall. At first it was so very difficult for this young lady with her dreams for a career in music, but the teachings of Christ and the faith she has developed since her entrance into OCSI several years ago have helped her to give “thanks in all things”. She said that she has been able to thank Jesus for what she has learned through this experience, as well as for the opportunities she knows will come as she ministers to others.
- Pray for David and Leslie as they serve Christ in Okinawa and for their children Shinya, Takeshi (Marshall University, WV) and Joanna (10).
- Pray for the students of OCSI as they begin these new journeys and pray as well for the parents and families.