Another week down and a few more Japanese words learned. The fun thing about being with a younger (mission age wise) companion is that I'm expected to be the one who can speak Japanese and lead lessons and what not. Let's just say that we've had a lot of interesting experiences over the past week and a half while trying to speak to people in Japanese. Our motto for this transfer is "rakkan," meaning optimism, and pronounced somewhat like "Rock on." We just make sure we smile in every conversation, no matter how awkward they are. It's amazing how despite the language barrier, everything seems to always work out through God.
Notes/Stories from the Week
- The Birthday party for Rina Chan!: Everyday we try to go out and simply help people smile and enjoy life. Well, this past we got to have a birthday party for Rina Chan, a 21 year old slightly handicapped member of the branch. Elder Sherill, the older missionary couple, and I went over to their house and brought her some pudding as well as a Book of Mormon and Bible picture book. She struggles understanding the Book of Mormon and Bible so she was beyond excited to get a book she could actually understand and read. She and her Mom and both absolutely OBSESSED with One Direction haha they showed us a closet they have that is pretty much a One Direction shrine (pictures, pillows, and all sorts of stuff). Gotta love American pop stars.
- Well that was awkward...: Before I got here, the missionaries found a 65 or so year old man named Kodama San. After meeting with him a few times, he decided he wanted to get baptized. Well, this past Elder Sherrill and I went over to his apartment to allow me to get to know him. Let's just say there was a HUGE language barrier...we tried to show an analogy/demonstration with chopsticks, and it simply didn't work. He seemed a bit frustrated with us and our message, so we left a bit discouraged. Luckily, there is a Japanese couple who we serve with who we asked to call him and clarify things. Long story short, we all went to the couple's apartment this past , had lunch, a lesson, and Kodama San still wants to learn about Christ. Japanese...gotta love it.
- Walking herself into the baptismal font (continuation): See past few weeks for more of an explanation, but Ishizawa San was baptized this past week!!! See picture below. In my past area, we met her about 6 weeks ago and she was hooked about the message of Jesus Christ from the beginning. She finished the Book of Mormon about 2 weeks ago and was baptized this past week. She would have found the church even with out the missionaries. She was simply prepared. It's only the beginning for her, but I'm excited to hear about her life continuing to light up as she continues to strengthen her relationship with Christ.
- Translating for Xie from China: Xie San is a Chinese stud who got baptized about a year ago. He is currently getting his PH.D. In biology here at Hiroshima University (smart guy). He has been here for 3 years, but knows no Japanese. Every week in church, I get to attempt to translate parts of church into English for him (he's pretty much fluent in I English). Despite not understanding much for church, he still continues to come. He is returning to China soon and hopes to somehow continue to draw close to Christ there. He's a boss
Video and Invitation for the Week
Easter is coming up!! Thus, this week's invitation is simply to visit the website below! It is my church's Easter website and has all sorts of videos and what not about Jesus Christ and His role as our Savior. Please visit the website and send the link to a friend!!
Pictures for the Week.
1. Ishizawa San!!
2. The picture my old companion sent me from the baptism. I'm assuming this was the fun picture they took.
3. My beautiful companion :)
4. The district!!
Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老