We’ve spent the last couple posts sharing about our burden and vision for ministry in Japan.  Going forward, we plan to focus primarily (though not exclusively) on what’s happening in our family, starting with an update on our children.

Calvin.  Our little guy is quickly becoming not little–he’s already well over 14 pounds.  He loves to eat, smile and baby talk.  He’s probably our toughest baby yet, having survived the loving onslaught of his older brother and sister for over two months now.

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“I’ll go; send me.”
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A boy and his Momma…yet sinners.

Violet.  Her middle name is Joy, and that is fitting.  She is a happy soon-to-be two year old who loves babies and always wants to “go to Caribou (Coffee) tomorrow.”  She can normally be found talking on your cell phone with her Grandpa and Grandma or putting your chapstick on her babies.

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Violet went on a rare date with Momma to a beautiful garden by the lake.
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A near-perfect glimpse into Violet’s personality.
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Two of Violet’s favorite babies.

Ezra.  When Ezra grows up, he still wants to be a worker guy, and we think he will be a good one.  He has greatly enjoyed living in the Land of 10,000 Cousins (Papa and Nana’s house), where legos abound and naps are few.  He is learning to swim and can hold his breath underwater for 14 seconds.  Ezra understands well that we’re moving to Japan soon, though he wants to know if it’s a short or long drive from Grandpa and Grandma’s house.

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Fun at the beach.
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Ezra meeting a cow for the first time.  The cow was afraid.
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Ezra brings every night to a close with 1) family worship, 2) reading two books while eating apple slices and 3) story/snuggle time.
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When the front yard turned into a puddle, Ezra knew what to do.  Violet learned quickly from her big brother.
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When streams of water flow from your boots…
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21 thoughts on “An update on our children

  1. Your selfless love and commitment to Japan is not over. Somehow God will water the seeds of
    Your lives so that He is glorified. Praying especially for your families
    And the friends who love you.

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  2. My name is Kaytlin Brock and my family and I are moving to Japan as TEAM Missionaries this fall. I have been heartbroken over the news of your family’s passing. For any family and friends who are reading my words, please know that I will be praying for you. I will be praying for your grief and your sorrow to be filled by God and His comfort.

    Words cannot express my sorrow for your family.

    May this blog post be a memorial for your sweet family. I thank God that they were able to share these photos of their family on their ministry page so we can share with you and remember with you.

    Hearts always for Japan,
    Stephen and Kaytlin Brock

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  3. Prayers for the family and Churches who loved this family. May their deaths further the glorious Gospel of the LORD, and may the LORD comfort all those they leave behind here.

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  4. I’m not a religious person, but your passing as a family on to another existence has touched me today. You are in my thoughts. Your children are beautiful. Life is cruel.

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    1. Yes, life can be and will be cruel. That’s why we trust that God is GOOD, even when we don’t understand His ways. He has used our family’s tragedy for much good-many have decided to live their whole life for the Lord Jesus Christ and zealously share God’s love with others. I pray you will decide to live a life for Jesus as well, not as a religious person…but as a personal friend of God’s.

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  5. Lord, what a lovely family you have taken home to yourself. Hold and comfort the families and friends that are grieving. Bless them in this time of sorrow, and joy that the family is Home with their Eternal Father God,Holy Spirit ,Jesus King of this universe. May their passing bring many in Japan to you as they would have prayed and will see come to fruition from above. Amen

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  6. I have just read thru this entire blog, back thru the first entry dated 3/16/2015. It has been a great blessing to me, and I would like to share it with friends, if okay to share.

    Some are Nihonjin friends, Christian & not yet, both in Japan & overseas, who need to know the Father that motivated this family to set their hearts on loving Japan for Him. Some are Christians preparing (like Jamison & Kathryn) to serve here long term. Some are in Japan already, newer workers & veterans, who will be encouraged by these thoughts & stories. And some are Christian friends whose eyes God may open to the need for long term witnesses here.

    Please do not close or take down this blog. Many prayers going up for the families & friends of the Pals as you walk through this time of incomprehensible loss. This is also Japan’s great loss … and yet the Father can and will redeem even this.

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  7. They are enjoying their inheritance. They have all, they have lost nothing. With Jesus they have no doubts now, there is no confusion for them. Please, Jesus, help us to live by faith with joy until our eyes see you.

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  8. The deaths of this wonderful family of five broke my heart and touched my soul. “Why, why?”, I asked! But reading their blog has uplifted me! Why?…. Faith is the answer! God bless Jamison, Kathryne, Ezra, Violet and Calvin. May they rest in peace in the Lord’s house.

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  9. I can’t imagine why God allowed such beautiful people to be taken from us, along with all their children, before they could even set foot on the land they hoped to bring closer to Jesus.

    I’m heartbroken for those they leave behind, and angry at God. This is unfair. This is massively, completely unfair.

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  10. I did not know the Pals, but this tragedy has still shattered me. However, I hold on to the hope we have in Christ that they are now in a much better place in the presence of our Lord. I can only have faith that their ministry was complete, and it was their time to directly embrace our God. Faith, hope, and love to all of the Pals’ family and loved ones.

    “Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.”
    2 Corinthians 5:6-10

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