New Name

It's been almost 2 weeks since I arrived in the Philippines. The school year has started, and I am getting some familiar faces.

As I wrote last time, I let the Filippinos call me Hal, which is quite unfamiliar for me. And now, my family name has changed, too. On the first Sunday in the Philippines, the pastor's son of Philippine Japan Bible Church told me, "In Okinawa way -for their parents are from Okinawa-, Shitabayashi is read as Karin, right? It sounds cute. I decided to call you Karin." He kept calling me Karin on the Second Sunday. His family quicly adupted the way he called me.
"Karin-san, ...why are you 'Karin'?"
"Ask your son!"

So now, I guess my new name in the Philippines is Hal Karin. Or maybe I tell the other Filippinos, too, to call me Karin so I can get less confused and keep Halka as my name ;p I have already learned that it wll be the waste of time to try to make the pastor's family, especially his son, to call me Hal.


「下林って、沖縄ではカリンって読むでしょ? なんか可愛いね。これからカリンって呼ぶことにするよ」

というわけで、フィリピンでの新しい名前は、「ハル・カリン」になったようです。それとも、他のフィリピン人にもカリンで統一した方が良いのでしょうか。その方がこっちの混乱が少ないでしょうし、本当の名前もキープできますし(^-^; 牧師先生のご家族、特に息子さんに、ハルと呼べと言っても時間の無駄であろうことは、既に学びました( ̄□ ̄;!!


10 Days in the Philippines

It's been 10 days since I came to the Philippines. I'm getting used to cold-water shower. I went to a market place to get some vegetables and froots. They have fresher ones than supemarkets do. The one problem is I'd better to speak in Tagalog in the market place.

The classes haven't started, but there were sessions about writing papers, which were mandatory. As I noticed the other students have hard time to get my name, I told them they could call me just "Hal." Having said that, I, myself, is not getting to used to be called Hal; that it takes a few moments to realize someone is calling me :( Anyway, I'm getting more and more familiar faces as days go by.

...I guess I'm adupting a new lifestyle so far. Thank God.


授業はまだ始まっていませんが、「レポートの書き方」みたいなセミナーがありました。どうも、私の名前は覚えにくいようなので、「ハルで良いよ」と言ってみました。言ったは良いですが、自分自身がまず呼ばれ慣れていないもので、誰かが「ハル」と言っていても、自分のことだと気づくまで若干時差がかかります(^-^; それはともかく、日々知っている顔が少しずつ増えてきました。




I just can't believe that I went to AKC last Sunday, for so many changes occured in this one week. I feel the last Sunday so long ago... I miss AKC. I miss each one of congregation. I miss picking up my friend, Laurel, and driving to church. I miss our worship service. I miss Pastor Joseph's message. I miss the fellowship, that I suppose they are having right now. Although I believe God has called me to be here, in the Philippines, I also believe it is acceptable to miss my family, churh, friends, ...and our puppy, while expecting God's guidance and trusting in His good plan.

I went to the Philippine Japan Bible Church today with my Japanese friends here. We took a bus and a train, and it took about 1 hour and a little more. There were about 10 Japanese people and 30 Filippino congregation. We sung the worship songs in English, Japanese, and Tagalog. Then, my friend shared his message in Japanese, for the Pastor was away in Finland, and Pastor's daugher was interpretting into English. The service was good and blessing. I'll try to go English Service near our apartment, later. Please pray that God's lead to the church, which is the best to accomplish His plan.





I miss Japan a lot. I miss my family, church, friends, and our puppy, more than I expected. Especially, when I'm alone in my room, the quietness speaks to me, "You are alone." I confess that I cried when I went to bed last night. I told God, "Lord, I'm lonely. I even feel I want to give up already, although I don't want to rationally. Help me! Confirm once again that You are the One Who called me here."
However, I woke up somehow feeling better. My face was just normal, no facial swelling. I went to shopping to get what I need, and other Japanese students, who are a couple, helped me. We shared how we are called, about our church background, and they explained me how the classes go.
Then, my family skyped me. Later, my friend from church skyped me, too. It helped me not to feel loneliness today. Thank God for His answer of my prayer!



Last Sunday for a while at Assembly Kyoto Church

I am very thankful for AKC. Thank you for not only having me but also giving me the opportunity to take some parts in the English service and to serve the Lord.

I'm leaving for the Philippines tomorrow. God bless each one of you and as a church as well. I am honor to be a part of you.

Keep me in your prayer for God's guidance as I live in the different culture and study Christian Counseling at Alliance Graduate School for His glory. I'll keep you in my prayer.





Thyme In The Lord

The language of thyme is strength and courage; ensures the restful sleep. Before I leave for the Philippines to study Christian Counseling, I declare that I trust the Lord for providing my thyme - strength and courage, and restful sleep.