Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Japanese!!!

こんにちは!


Another great week in the land of Beppu. It's a mix between Japan and every other country in the world. When we street contact, a solid half of the people we talk to are from other countries. This past week we met a way friendly baptist from Philadelphia, a stud Muslim from the United Arab Emirates, a way outgoing Hindi from India, and a fascinating Jewish man from some country in the Middle East I still don't know how to pronounce. Quite the week.

Notes/Stories from the Week
-Interviews with Kaicho and Shimai (mission president and wife)! Another four hour car ride to Kumamoto where I used my skill of being able to pass out anywhere :) I try so hard to stay awake...one day. Those two have become family to me so seeing them was like seeing my family again.

-Overall, lots of Japanese this week! Two hour district meeting in Japanese during interviews, a 15 minute talk on prayer in sacrament, a baptism mensetsu with the most kyokaiinpoi investigator I've ever met!, and another district meeting tomorrow! 

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
This past Wednesday we had a rather awkward experience that has turned into a miracle. There is a college nearby where two freshman members, Ramoni and Natalia, and one investigator, Chichi, attend. This past Wednesday we drove 30 minutes to the campus to put on a lesson for the three of them and to teach the investigator a lesson. The students assumed we could meet in the library, but once the library people saw our nametags, they wouldn't let us in. We then tried to go one of the student's dorm rooms, but the front desk of the dorm saw our name tags, and would only let us stay in the lobby (after tons of paperwork). In the dorm's lobby, we did our best to teach an hour class and then have a lesson with Chichi. Not thinking too much of it, we shared scriptures and said a prayer to close and open the class and lesson. There were students coming in and out of the lobby at the time, so we tried to not be too loud.

After we left, it turns out that the lobby staff sat the three of them down and told them we can't come back. They expressed how if they let us meet there, they have to let all religions meet and prayer in the lobby. The logic made sense, but it was rather embarrassing for the two members and investigator.

At church this past week, I heard about the rest of that story from Natalia, and she told me how at first she was a bit upset and embarrassed, but it forced her to make a stand for what she believed in.  She found some scriptures that helped her and then shared them with Chichi. While the entire situation turned out to be a bigger deal than we intended, it helped us all realize a bit more how much this message means to us.

Video and Invitation for the Week
I actually can't access this video from my iPad, but I saw the title and have to share it!

Pictures for the Week.
1-4: Just a sweet dam we found with Elder Ueno!




Today we are having a district P-day so many pictures to come next week!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老
日本福岡伝道部

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