Eric and Christie Anspach-Hanson are ELCA missionaries in Japan. They were evacuated to another location in Japan to ensure a safe delivery of their baby when radiation leaked from the nuclear reactor damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. In Tokyo they help lead the English congregation at Tokyo Lutheran Church, teach English and Bible classes at the Hongo Student Center and work with TNG (The Next Generation), a Japanese youth ministry team. They are the proud parents of a baby girl.
Christie and I wanted to send out an email to everybody announcing the birth of our baby girl! She was born at 10:08 on April 8 over here in Kumamoto, Japan. Her name is Aleaha Megumi (means “grace” in Japanese) Hanson, and she`s the cutest baby in the world (we actually checked all of the other babies just to make sure). I wish we could thank all of you in personal emails for the prayers, well-wishes and general good vibes you`ve been sending our way for the past few months, so please excuse the mass email nature of this mass email!
God bless you all!!
Eric and Christie
on April 25th, 2011 at 12:50 pm
I thought pregnant women – and/or those married to them – were not allowed to serve as ELCA missionaries. When I applied once, I was told that this was the ELCA policy. Now the ELCA is celebrating the fact that a missionary was pregnant and what that resulted in. Why is the ELCA so two-faced?
on April 27th, 2011 at 4:23 pm
Eric and Christie, I don’t know you, but I do know you have a beautiful baby (great photo!) who was born on a great day!
Rev. Morris O. Wee, born 4/8/1948
Advent Lutheran Church
Maple Grove, MN
(greet Jim and Carol Sack from me)
on May 2nd, 2011 at 10:27 am
Congratulations and God’s blessings on you and your bably. I have been to Japan and have many friends there, including several missionaries. Have also worshiped at Toykyo Lutheran.
Replying to a comment above about pregnant missionaires–it used to be the same about married teachers!!! Times change, pregnancy is NOT an illness. and babies are a gift of God, to be shared! Praise the Lord for SMALL BLESSINGS.
on May 3rd, 2011 at 6:30 am
Congrats , god bless you and your baby