Ajigasawa High School
where Joy has spent the last 6 months learning Japanese
Joy's Goodbye speech on her last day of school
The Elliot Family (& Matthew)
Of course, there was a ceremony!
And the principal gave her a certificate.
That night two friends came by for supper
and a last goodbye.
Ajigasawa Church Goodbye
Unfortunately only one of the ladies could make it.
Joy in Mary's kimono
The Ajigasawa Church ladies last gift to Joy was this formal portrait
Hanging around Hirosaki MacDonald's
...waiting for the bus
... to take Joy away.
This is the end of Joy's homestay with the Elliot Family in Ajigasawa. But "The End is really the middle of the story, as many in this chapter will live long past the close" of this chapter in Joy's life. She heads back to Brazil today. Then on to college. And who knows, perhaps one day we'll welcome her back to Japan as a colleague! May God speed you on your way, Joy.
In the meantime, I wonder who is knocking on our door...