I always pray for Jordan - I pray that she will be protected and inspired. I pray that she will find those who are looking for Christ. I pray that she will be healthy and have the energy to work as hard as she needs too. I also pray that each week will be better than her last and that the news we get on Sunday night will be awesome and inspiring to us. This week definitely fits that bill. Enjoy her email.
Another great week in kiseki (miracle) kumagaya. Like the McDonald's slogan says, "I'm lovin' it!"
Recently, we got a list of people from the bishop that he wants us to work with. The Ogawa family was one of them. So the dad is a less active member and he has a 14 year old son and an 85 (around there) year old mom. So since we can't work with the guys, we work with her. We biked an hour to get to their house and then the fence was locked and she wouldn't answer her cell phone (we had made an appointment with her). So, we (being the devoted missionaries we are), climbed the brick wall to her house. She didn't even question it! She can't really see and she has bladder cancer and she hurts all over, so I think our main purpose is to make her feel loved. We talked with her a little and taught her about prayer.
Eikaiwa is going great and we've already seen growth! We had our most students ever come tonight Eikaiwa (13), we had 2 new kids at kid Eikaiwa, and 1 new student at normal Eikaiwa ! Yoshi. Sister Gorner and I teach the beginner Eikaiwa class both times and we always say that we have 1 rule in our class: you can't say fine or good when we ask how you are. It's so boring!! So the students always have to think of other things to say.
We had an okonomiyaki party afterEikaiwa and a lot of people came! Okonomiyaki is a Japanese food and kind of looks like a pancake but you put veggies in it and it has this really good sauce so definitely not a pancake. But it was great and we got to know our students more and talk to them about what we do as missionaries.
We have 2 moms in Japan:
Rowena came to church!!! After church Engrid took us to her house again and we taught her the plan of salvation, but before we taught her, she made us some delicious food. We read through the plan of salvation pamphlet and basically after every paragraph, she would stop and summarize what she just read and then say, "That makes sense, this is true!" She then said that she is also our mom in Japan so now we have 2 moms in Japan! She told us that she wants to bring her son and husband to church next week and asked us if that was okay... Umm heck yeah! And she also told us that she knows a person who might be interested in the church. Yup a referral from referral.. we hit the gold mine! Also, Engrid was able to testify to her that she knows that this is the true church and again she said how much she has changed; I'm just so impressed by her and I love her soo much!!
Word of the week:
Meaning: (my) mom
I love Japan and I'm so grateful to be here; it has truly changed my life.
1. Our moms! Engrid and Rowena
2. Okonomiyaki party selfie
3. Dont be fooled.. its not a pancake..Okonomiyaki
4. Eikaiwa student and a less active!
5. It's really common in Japan to have pots of flowers in the front of your house
6. Biggest group of Eikaiwa! Yoshi
7. We got matching pajamas #companionshipgoals
8. A cool little bridge thing over the road (way common in japan)
9. A park yoshi
As always, we are greatful for your thoughts, prayers, emails and snail mail. Jordan loves them all. Feel free to post / share your thoughts or questions. We love them as well.