Sunday October 11th, 2009
It’s Sunday morning and we are excited to worship with another Japanese congregation this morning. We are staying with the Carrell’s today, Monday, and Tuesday. We are just relaxing and getting some much needed wisdom from the Carrell’s. They have lived in Japan for 30 years. They speak awesome Japanese and are fully experienced in evangelizing to the Japanese people.
We started off the morning with the Matsudo church of Christ. They had about 15 people attending this morning plus us. We enjoyed the sermon because Steve gave us a great summary in English to start, so we could kind of follow along. After services we had a potluck lunch, a business meeting and a bible study. Whew. They know how to take care of business. After lunch we went back to Steve and Debbie’s house and decided what to do for the rest of the day.
Paul and I really wanted to find a couch at the local recycle stores. (if we could fit it in our van) So off to the recycle shops we went. (kind of like a flea market and pawn shop in one) We found a few things we liked, but it was the first place we stopped. We tried to go a few more places, but they were all closed. It was another holiday weekend. So we thought long and hard about the couch we found at the first shop. We decided to get it. It was really awesome.
It reclines, the middle section folds down into a table, and it comes in 3 sections (that way it will fit in our van). We went back and bought that couch and a few other things. Then we stacked the van full. It all fit!! We were really hungry by then so Debbie and Steve suggested we eat at Bikkuri Donkey. It means “Surprise Donkey.” We kept wondering what the surprise was, but later one of our Japanese friends researched it and found out they want to surprise their customers and make them happy. They choose "donkey" because they thought the donkey has very kind eyes and seems like hard worker. (Interesting huh?) I have to say the food was pretty good, but Paul was a little disappointed he didn’t see a single donkey while we were there. After a wonderful dinner we headed home to plan our next day adventure. On our way home Steve treated us to some vending machine ice cream. Pretty good for a vending machine. At their house we watched our first movie in Japan, The Island. One of our favorites. Then for tomorrow we decided we will go to Costco tomorrow. Yeah, I was excited. Especially because they told us there was delicious pizza there. We are just hoping they still remember what good pizza is. Better not be any of that mayonnaise and squid stuff. I guess we will see.