House Hunting

We’re on the hunt for a new apartment. We found a great place ( 764 square feet — 3 bedroom apartment) in the precise area we wanted to be. We filled out the “application to be approved for a contract paper” (4 copies) and paid our $120 application fee.  We were waiting to see if we were approved so we could go in and fill out a contract, but have hit a snag.  The obstacles are:  1) we are foreigners, 2) we are employed by a religious organization 3) we work for a foreign organization. Please pray for wisdom as we navigate this.

Reasons for the hunt: Right now we live in Chiba Prefecture (where the international airport is located), across the river on the eastern side of Tokyo. Mark works northwest of Tokyo and Mary Esther in downtown Tokyo. One day’s round trip commute by train for both of us is $41.50. By car it’s even more expensive (tolls of $23.75 plus gas at $5.34/gallon add up.) The time adds up, and if you’ve seen photos of traveling in Japanese trains during rush hour, you know the stress adds up. Since Mark’s office has moved from our area to Saitama a few years ago now, and Mary Esther’s work has developed on that side of Tokyo too, we are looking to move closer to where we work.

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About Mark and Mary Esther Penner

Mark works as an adviser and resource to a Japanese Sign Language Bible translation project that plays a key role in the worldwide sign language Bible translation movement. Mary Esther founded a non-profit organization that partners with local communities and organizations to collect, refurbish and send wheelchairs throughout Asia.
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2 Responses to House Hunting

  1. Rhys says:

    G’day from australia! Just found your blog and have been reading lots! very interesting, keep up the great work preaching Jesus!!!

    Just wondering how much an apartment is that moved into. I know living expenses can be quite alot in Japan and just trying to get a comparison 🙂

    Also, how much $$/year do you particularly need to be a missionary in Japan? Would i get away with 12k a year?

    I’ve been researching a few countries as possible missionary locations for myself to come to down the track. If there is any other info that you could provide i would greatly appreciate!

    cheers,

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