We are riding the bullet train right now en route to Narita International Airport. The sights I see as I type and drive are the last for awhile. Yesterday we got up and headed back to Tokyo. We met Steve Sakanashi for lunch, along with Austin Allen again. Steve shared his vision to bless the Japanese people through training young people through entrepreneurship seminars.
After lunch, Drew took us to the top of the 45 story Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It gave us a panoramic view of the city. Tokyo's metro population is a mind-blowing 27 million. From the top of that building, all you could see were buildings and buildings, seemingly forever. Only around 2/10 of a percent of those people would be somewhat Christian. What a task we have before us. But our God is great.
After that, we left to begin a subway trek to meet up with Megumi's parents. On the way we stopped at the Tokyo Dome, the home of the baseball Giants. We stopped to surprise Jeremy, who had been looking to buy a Giants cap ever since he stepped on Japanese soil. While there, I picked up one for myself, although it was the hat from a rival team.
We had a nice evening with Meg's parents. They took us out for a nice Japanese meal. I can't lie. I'm missing American food. However, I have very little trouble finding something I like here. The food is quite good. Anyway, it was great to see her parents and see the home and area where she grew up.
After that, we rode the subway to our Tokyo hotel. I can't remember being that tired in quite a while, at least since last Friday.
I've had a blast here. Yet I am so ready to get home and see my family. It's been hard in that in the past two days, three people we've known have died - all young (technically, one was the child of a church planter friend, which makes it even harder to be away). It reminds me that the need to share the gospel with those around us is great and urgent.
This will likely be my last update for awhile. I appreciate your love and support.