Monday, June 26, 2017

There is No One Like Our God!


Wow! Overall one of the best weeks since I've been in Japan. Lots going on, and that's a good thing for missionaries! We went to Nobeoka this past week for a baptism interview (three hour train ride south) and are heading to Kumamoto for zone conference (four hour bus ride west) for a few days. Party!

Notes/Stories from the Week
-God is blessing us so much! This past week each companionship in the district (four companionships in three difference congregations) had at least one investigator come to church. Overall 9 investigators came between the three congregations! Our investigator Ken (see pictures below) came to church and loved it! I translated the first hour for him and Elder Walbeck helped him with the second hour (Sunday school). 

-We also had one of our English class investigators come to church for the first time and after a lesson with her, she said she wants to take all the lessons! Our group has only 6 or so active members, but another five investigators came! The group leader and his wife's mission are ending this week, so a new group leader was called. Tons of changes, but it's fun to see the hand of the Lord in all of it. The new group leader left the church for about 30 years and just came back 6 or so months ago. Incredible man who loves to feed the missionaries! He was the one who gave us those meals we have been having after district meeting. We are excited to work with him!

Miracle/"Tendy Mercy" for the Week
This past Friday Elder Sekine and I headed down to an area called Nobeoka, about a three hour train ride south of here (see video below of the train ride). One of the their investigators, Okubo San, has decided to be baptized, so we went down for the baptism interview. I have had the opportunity to do a few baptism interviews now (the purpose is make sure they are fully prepared and ready to make the covenant of baptism with God), but she was something special. She is in her 60s and up until two months ago had no idea of God or the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The interview itself took over an hour because of how excited she was to tell me all of the details of her conversion experience over the past few months. 

She mentioned things like (in Japanese of course): "My entire view of the world has changed. Simple things like clouds, bugs, and weather aren't just random, useless things we see, but creations of God," and "I still have one big question that I want God to answer for me. Why did I have to go 60 years of my life without having a strong relationship with him?" She has read all of the Book of Mormon and a book called, "Gospel Principles," is studying the Bible, and loves all of it. It is truly a miracle to see what the Gospel of Jesus Christ can do to a person in only two months. She now loves life and looks forward to each and everyday. People like her are why we as missionaries leave our families and "normal lives" for two years. It is just the beginning for her, but it is incredible how God's love for His children transcends all cultures.

Video and Invitation for the Week
A simple explanation of why Okubo San loves life now and looks forward to everyday!

Pictures for the Week.
1-2: A meal in Nobeoka some of the members gave us after the baptism interview with Okubo San (in the blue).

3: The cute little train we road for two hours coming back from Nobeoka.

4: A meal after church! Ken is the one in the blue (he's a stud).

5: In case y'all didn't know, I have the coolest nephew in the world (or so Ii am told by my obviously unbiased family). My grandpa (Sterling Colton), two brothers, and my nephew (Sterling Colton- named after his great-grandpa).

Love you!

Elder Kevin Cash Colton
Japan Fukuoka Mission
ケビン C. コルトン 長老

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