I recently looked back through my threads and found that I had never done a thread just about missionary stories. I've been thinking for some time about doing so, then ktn4eg kindly PMed me and asked how we were with the typhoon currently hitting Japan. We're fine, since we're in one of the safest cities in Japan for typhoons and earthquakes way up here in Hokkaido, the far North of Japan. So here is the thread! Please contribute with your own missionary stories. We did experience a typhoon down in the city of Kawagoe in the Kanto Plain near Tokyo soon after coming to Japan in 1981. It was on a Sunday and so we were not at home but over in New Tokorozawa for our afternoon service (which most Japanese churches have rather than an evening service). Just before the typhoon hit we decided to cancel our afternoon service and get on home, since it might be very difficult to get home during the typhoon. On the way home we came upon an interesting sight. Down in a long dip in the road was a store where they were pumping out water with a big machine and hose, pumping out water from the store with all their might--and of course it was going right back in because of the typhoon! :laugh: We got home to the town of Kawagoe and our home, which was in a neighborhood right on a river. Now, if you ever hear the propaganda that the Japanese "live with nature instead of ruling it," don't believe it. They had that river concreted up so that it was really a canal. The water in the river was rising, our street was flooded about 2 feet deep, the wind was blowing things by us such as a kids' swimming pool. This was the real thing! I walked down to the river where several Japanese men were looking at the water uneasily, and really wished I could understand what they were saying, but Japanese was still a mystery. But it was pretty obvious that they were worried about the river, which had risen to within a meter of the concrete bank. Praise the Lord, though houses were flooded at another place on the river, our house was just fine that day. Over these years we have seen God take care of us through typhoons, earthquakes and everything else. The only thing we're waiting for is that volcano that we can see from the church window to erupt!