Sunday, January 29, 2017

Miracles and Missing Trains

Another busy week in Kumagaya. Gorner Shimai and I were literally running from appointment to appointment to get everything done. Our days were so full and we saw so many miracles! #KisekiKumagaya 

It was another BUSY week for Sister Jordan Wunderli (Wunderli Shimai) and her companion Gomer Shimai.  Lot's of good stuff happening and miracles are always a good thing.  I'm so excited for them.  Here's Jordan's recap of her week in Kumagaya, Japan.

Missing 4 trains was worth it:
We were late to district meeting since we had missed a train and then we missed 3 more coming home (don't really know how, but I'm blaming it on the fact that Sado didn't have trains). We got on the bus, going home from the train station, and we sat by the only lady on the bus. We introduced ourselves and told her we were missionaries for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and we asked if she had heard of our church before. Well we found out that not only has she heard of our church, but she use to take lessons in the Phillipines and was almost baptized there!! She moved here from the Phillipines when she was 17 and she wants her and her daughter to meet with us! She gave us her number and we called her that night. We have an appointment with her this Saturday with her and her 19 year old daughter. But we would've never met her if we hadn't missed our trains!! 

I think Keigo has the most faith of any 10 year old I've ever met. He has been going to church on his own since he was 4 and has lessons with the missionaries almost everyday on the doorstep of his house. Gorner Shimai and I want him to get baptized really bad so we decided to pray about a baptismal date for him. After we prayed, we counted down from 3 and said what date we were thinking of at the same time. I said February 14 and Gorner Shimai said 3 weeks from today. We looked at the calendar and February 14 was exactly 3 weeks from that day. It was the same day!!! We knew that this is the day that Heavenly Father wants him to get baptized. We went over and taught Keigo about the holy ghost and asked if he wanted to be baptized on February 14 and he said yes of course!! He asked his mom that night, but she's really hesitant so we're praying hard that she will let him! 

I love Ingrid so much; she's literally the cutest! She texts us all the time and tells us about her day and says how sweet we are and is always worrying about us haha. She took us out to sushi on Tuesday and we taught her about the Restoration. She has a huge testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ but doesn't realize that there is only one true church on the earth so that's what we're trying to get her to realize. 

Calls during church:
There we were in gospel principles class and our phone goes off (we're still trying to figure out how to work it). We run out of the room and look at the number and it's someone we don't know. We answer it and this lady named Kiyoko says, "Can we meet today at 3pm at the Kumagaya station?" We said yes and went to the Kumagaya station at 3pm. We met her (she had to come up to us because neither Gorner Shimai or I have ever met her) and she wanted to study the Book of Mormon with us. She had read 200 pages of the Book of Mormon and was telling us that she knows it's true and that she knows Jesus Christ is her savior. We spent most of the time trying to get a little background on her and figuring out what she was saying because she was so hard to understand, but we set up another appointment with her for this Wednesday!  

Word of the week:
Shiawase = happy
Pronunciation: she-uh-wa-say

Remember that you can always choose to be happy! So choose happy; it's the best. 
Wunderli Shimai 

Pics (going across):
1. The view from our apartment 
2. Kumagaya
3. We had dinner with the Ruichi family! Love them!! 
4. One of the young woman in our ward and her grandma!! Cutest family
5. We have too much fun together #unity
6. We made cookies!! Thank you parents for the package
7. Sushi selfie #unity
8. Isn't this a cool building?!
9. One of our many selfies we took during the hour we had to wait for the train
10. Yes we put on self timer to do this #unity

Apparently, Jordan and her companion have the exact same pare of sweat pants.  Not sure how that happened but I'll chalk it up to "great minds think alike."  It sounds like they are having such a great time together and are staying busy in the service of the Lord.  I love all the appointments they had and the investigators they are working with.  Meeting the lady on the bus was definitely God working miracles.  It was also great hearing about the story of getting a call during church from a lady who wanted to meet with them because she had read the first 200 pages of the Book of Mormon.  I also thought the story of the 10-year-old boy going to church on his own since he was 4 is absolutely amazing.  What a great example of faith and testimony he is.  He will get baptized some day; it may not be until he's an adult if only because of his parents, but I truly believe he'll be baptized and will be a great missionary of the gospel himself.  

As always, thanks so much for your support via your kind thoughts, emails, letters and prayers.  Jordan truly appreciates it as do we. 

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