This week was way great! So many laughs haha. Gosh, I don't remember if I told you this already but my district is me and my companion and 8 elders. We really only see the Beppu elders since the Oita elders are a train ride away. Anyways. We have the funniest elders! Except they probably aren't even that funny but because we are missionaries and have no form of normal entertainment they are the funniest people I've ever met haha. Here are some highlights!
So Choti choro, He is from Thailand. When he found out I'm a quarter Thai he was way excited haha. We talk about Thai food all the time haha. Anyways, he found out that I like nam (Thai sausage) and he was like gosh! you're so Thai! Then he wrote his mom and asked her to send him some nam. haha. Well on Saturday he was like Ketch shimai I'm so sorry. I asked my mom to send nam, but I got a call from honbu (mission home) yesterday about the package and they burned the nam. haha. I didnt understand. but he explained to me that the Japanese post office people read the contents of the package (beef jerky and nam) and they told him that they can't let him have it because it has meat from another country. So they gave him 2 options, he can send the package back or they can open the package and burn the jerky and nam and send him the rest of the stuff in the package... he chose option number two haha. He was so sad haha. but it was way funny.
Then there is Ho choro. He's from Hawaii. He's pretty cool... Well we were teaching Eikaiwa together and one of the pronunciation words was moose. Someone asked what the plural of moose is and he told them it was meese! He was dead serious haha. and he and I argued about it for like 10 minutes haha. We finally concluded that meese is not a word haha. It was so great! I don't know why they let us teach English to people haha.
Okay, enough of that haha. Beppu is a great area, there are so many people here who are ready to hear the gospel. And these people come from all over the world. It's amazing. But I will share our biggest miracle this week! Sasaki-san! We housed into her and she was kinda crazy, we realized she was totally drunk. She talked to us for a minute and was like hold on a second! and she runs back in her apartment and brings us 5 bucks and is like go buy yourself some coffee, it's cold outside. We tried to give it back and explain that we don't drink coffee but she was insistent. Then she invited us inside, which has never happened to me. But she invited us in and was like okay let's talk! We hid the 5 bucks under a pile of magazines haha while she went and grabbed her family pictures. She started telling us about her family and it was a really sad story. She is so lonely I think. Anyways, we taught her about prayer and just talked for a while and then she was like are you hungry? Let's go eat yaki niku. She then goes into the other rooms and grabs a pair of jeans and just strips infront of us and changes clothes haha. Then she puts this huge SUPER pink coat on and is like okay let's go! So we follow her to this yaki niku place but it's closed between lunch and dinner. She is way bummed but is like that's okay! There is a joyful around the corner. Joyful is kinda like a diner. I'ts good. anyways, she orders us a ton of food and we just talk for like an hour and she drinks some more haha and then she just keeps looking at me and telling me not to be sad and that if I ever need anything I can go to her and she will help me haha. gosh. it was weird. and she made me drink so much juice haha. anyways. then all of a sudden she tells So shimai to go and pay for the food and hands her 100 dollar bill. So shimai comes back with the change and gives it back to Sasaki san... she then forces us to take 10 dollars and then just leaves haha. like she doesn't even really say goodbye. She just takes off haha. gosh. It was so weird. But she wants us to come back. She is just so lonely and she told us that she didn't understand why we were so nice to her. She said that for the past 30 years everyone has hated her, but we just met her and were so nice to her. I don't know if she will get baptized, I don't know if we will get to teach her. But for a couple of hours, she was able to feel loved and I hope she never forgets that experience... even though she was totally drunk haha.
Gosh, this has nothing to do with Beppu, but last week Kiyomisan emailed me! And she told me about how she decided to try and fast! and she told me all about her experience and it was so happy! haha. gosh. I love her!
So every fast sunday we go to church in Oita. Since we only have a total of like 15 people in our group. Oita is about a 45 minute drive away. but it was fun! Things are so different here than in Shimizu. But it's so cool to see how the gospel is everywhere. Even if things are different, the teachings are all the same. It's really great.
Anyways, this week was really great! Hope everyone is doing well! I love you!