Sunday, February 1, 2015

January 19th, 2015

Mom and Dad,

Well, this week we tried really hard to get things moving. It seems like it worked because we got a few new PI's and a handful more lessons than we've been teaching lately! Unfortunately, towards the end of the week, lesson appointments didn't end up working out and we didn't beat our record. Not the way I was hoping to finish the week--especially with the Duck's loss on top of tha. It was still good, though, and we'll be shooting for even higher this week!

Tuesday we biked once again out to Mitsu (remember that place? It's on the other side of the area) and met our kinjin for the first time in a while. I was getting really worried because he seemed never to answer his phone when we'd call, so we couldn't set up an appointment. Well, since he's a great investigator and I finally have a working mountain bike, we went out there. Holy cow, that ride is sooo much easier on a real bike! We didn't know what to expect when we knocked on his door, but he was there, healthy and whole, and we had a really great lesson with him. Morin Choro--this was his first time meeting the kinjin--was stunned by how great he is! After the lesson we housed around, met a lot of nice people, and found one guy in particular that showed decent interest in religion. We'll be following up with him when we go back on the 27th (hopefully with a member).

The next day we biked out to another very distant place: Kamigori. It's at the very northwest part of the area. We had a lesson with the guy that was referred to us a while back, couldn't see up until now, and has had a rough life. He's turning out to be a pretty kinjin investigator too, just a little more subtly! Oh, on the way there my tire popped on something--heaven knows what!--and made a small hole. Luckily it was right by a home improvement store, so we pumped it up, rode to the investigator who was pretty close, had the lesson, pumped it up at his place, and quickly rode to the nearest bike shop. All [was] well in [Kamigori]!

The next day we had plans to bike out to the opposite corner of the area! God told us not to and sent a lot of rain making it a very miserable, dangerous trip. Miserable not due to the rain, but due to fatigue from the last two days. We were exhausted! Instead we hopped on the train and went to Aioi and met with one of our investigators. He's still going through this phase of apparently not having any interest anymore. We also managed to find a LA and share a short message with her at her front door.

On Friday we had a lesson with the Methodist guy. He doubts everything until he finds sufficient proof for it. He also speaks very polite Japanese, so it's a little difficult to understand. That lesson ended up being two hours of him asking one question after another. In the end, it all went well.

I would've liked a 2015 NCAA Football Champions shirt for my birthday, but I guess the world isn't perfect after all with Oregon not winning and all :)
Well, that's all for this week!


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