Sunday March 4th, 2010
After worship today we had a really nice lunch with friends. We’ve been so blessed with a few great young people at Haruna church of Christ. It is always awesome when you can relax and just enjoy the people around you. Paul, myself, Rieko, Ryosuke, and Amy all went to lunch at a really great restaurant near the church. We ate a wonderful lunch and stayed there talking and joking with each other for about 2 1/2 hours. Many of the younger people are here just temporarily but we are enjoying their time here very much. Amy will be here for only 1 year and Ryosuke will start a new job for Honda far away next month.
Gospel meeting work
March 5 – 14th, 2010
Our last week before the Gospel meeting. We still have a lot of things to get accomplished. And yet again our members pulled together and completed the tasks. It was a great learning experience to see how the members worked together.
Paul and Obata-san mounted the sign for us and covered it with plastic so the rain wouldn’t get to it. And our final task was putting together the informational packets to pass out to our guests. Each informational packet would contain a Japanese New Testament Bible, information about the church in Haruna, Obata-san, Paul and I, and songs we would be singing each night before the talks. It was finally finished. Now we just have to pray that the flyers made it to the right people and let God bring them through the doors.
Sunday March 14th, 2010
We were invited to a beautiful Ume, Japanese plum tree, orchard with the Shimakatas. We were excited to see some of these flowers up close. Usually we drive by them so fast we don’t get to take in the beauty. And today they are in full bloom.
These flowers look very similar to the cherry blossoms, but bloom first during the spring. They are usually a white color, but we saw some dark pink and almost red flowers also. It was a great opportunity to spend some time with the Shimakatas and to be able to let them show us around.