Monday, August 1, 2016

A French Guy, Some Noodles, and Some Music


Fantastic week with tons of activities and lots of music. Thus, I loved it!

Notes/Stories from the Week
  • Service with Pierre 
    • About once a week or so, we go to the Mashiki volunteer center and help with earthquake cleanup. The basic set up is: sign in, receive a job with others, go with those people to the job site, work, and then come back. One of the best parts is getting to know the people in your group! This past week our group was a few Japanese guys and a French stud named Pierre. He is an elementary music school teacher in France who loves Japanese. He is currently traveling about the country for his summer vacation. We had a blast with him! At the end he brought out his guitar and sang some songs for us. See pictures!
  • Dendo at Amakusa
    • There is a group that meets in a place called Amakusa that are in our ward. They drive up everyou her week to church (about 2.5 hour drive), and have their own service the other Sundays. They want missionaries sooo bad, so they drove up this past Wednesday in the morning, picked us up, brought us down here so we could explore the area and the possibility of missionaries being sent there. They then drove us back 2.5 hours and then drove back themselves. Incredible people who will do anything to get missionaries in their town. It was gorgeous! Look up pictures of Amakusa! We met tons of friendly people with interest!
  • The Soumen Party
    • This past Saturday the ward had a soumen party! See pictures below. It is a summer tradition in Japan where a group of people grab and eat noodles as water pushes the noodles down bamboo.
  • Concert
    • In my life, I always feel God's influence through music. Thus, his past week our wars missionary leader and us put on a concert for the stake. Lots of planning, but lots of fun. Our ward missionary leader is one of my favorite people I've met in Japan so far. The type of chill, hardworking, loving, spiritual giant I hope to be one day. Everyone loves him. 
    • For the concert we had 6 different performers: two singers, one on basoon, one on guitar, one on flute, and me on piano. I played a piece by Khachaurian, "River Flows in You," and some good ol' Jon Schmidt upside down piano. We ended it with a Japanese "I'm a Mormon" message and two missionaries sharing how that feeling everyone felt was the spirit. One of the students who had been coming to eikaiwa for a few years said after the concert she wants to learn more about God and Christ! We have a lesson with her on Tuesday.

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
The miracle for his week was a wonderful Obaasan (look that up) coming to church! She took the lessons from some sisters about 2 years ago, and recently regained interest. She came to church and loved it! After we had a Curry party and she stayed for it! Definitely on th older side of life, but wants to teach her family about Christ!

Video and Invitation for the Week
My iPad restrictions prevent me from watching this video, but the title sounds awesome! Please watch and enjoy!

Pictures for the Week.
1-2: earthquake cleanup service

3: one of my friends from the MTC made this; it is a bunch of us at the MTC then after a year


4-8: soumen party!

Pierre singing

Soumen party

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission

ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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