How God knit together the Ayatsuka Family!!!
spent a couple of years working for JICA after graduation from business
college. Then he felt called to serve Jesus full time. He began doing
ministry in various ways, one of which was assisting local missionaries
with music and translation. In 1997 Marla arrived in Kitakyushu as one
of those missionaries and they met! Marla shares the moment they met...
attending my first Tuesday night Bible study fellowship. As we
approached the meeting, their were shoes piled in the entryway, as they
always are in Japan. There were sandals and tennis shoes and so forth,
and then in the corner was a pair of Justin Roper cowboy boots. I
wondered who in the world those could belong to!? Inside the Bible
study had already begun and there across the room sat a young man
translating for someone sharing a testimony. He spoke English with a
Texas accent!!! After the Bible study, he stood and removed his guitar.
He was wearing worn and faded Wrangler jeans, and a huge western belt
buckle. I was then introduced to one Mr. Rocky Ayatsuka."
the next year and a half of fun and friendship with the Tuesday night
Bible study and times of ministering together in many ways, Rocky and
Marla formed a wonderful friendship. Then in January of 1999 friendship
turned to love! They were married in March of 2000.
after they began to desire an addition to the little family. Four long
years of prayer and struggle later, the Lord led Rocky and Marla to the
path of adoption! They prayed for a way to make that possible in Japan
where adoption is rare, and through a Christian Japanese organization
God made it possible for the Ayatsukas to bring two precious infants
into their home. Hana who was born in 2004 and came to their home at
just over a week old and Kai born in 2009, and laid in their arms when
he was 6 days old!!! What miraculous blessings they have both been!
Ayatsukas enjoy doing ministry as a family! Hana has written her first
song and enjoys learning to play piano. Kai LOVES the drums and talking
about Jesus. Both kids were born great travelers, and they have a gift
of making friends in an instant and being "joy spreaders"! They are
both bilingual and homeschooling. Hana wants to learn to speak Spanish
too! Her dream is to grow up and move to the States, marry a cowboy and
ride horses everyday! So far, Kai dreams of drums and more drums!!!
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