Wednesday, December 9, 2015

12/06/2015 | Here we go again...

Thanksgiving Curry Rice Dinner!

Hey everyone. Sorry for the short email last week. Had a lot going on, Didn't really get a chance to write a lot. Love me‼️

So this last week was a harder week. We recently have been seeing so much success here in Muroran, that I feel like Satan has redirected his attacks at us. I guess as long as the rest of Hokkaido is safe, That's OK, but it was a rough week. We didn't really get a lot of acceptance while finding this week. Normally people are a little nicer, and I can get some good communication going, but most people this week just immediately turned us down. We even had a guy tell us to go home in language that if I were to translate would involve lots of swear words, and other vulgar language. It was not nice and left me not feeling very good afterwards. We had to go into a convenience store, and I just prayed for help to feel better. Luckily God is nice. He helped me to keep going. Meh. Sometimes you just have those weeks I guess. Satan is working in the people. We just have to find those he hasn't hit yet, and continue to let a few seeds drop here and their.

An update on some people for you. Itabayashi san is 100% getting baptized. I've felt a lot of help in being able to remember Sign Language and have been picking it up at a rate that shocks everyone,
including myself. I bought a book a few weeks ago to help with my studies and I find myself every once in a while that I have only seen while skimming the book. God really is in this. He is excited for his baptism. He even asked Elder Pace to baptize him yesterday. So we have a program all ready. He came to church yesterday, which means I got to help with translation... That I can tell you is difficult. There is a difference between the gift of translation, and the gift of tongues. Big difference. I was able to struggle through it though and he understood for the most part.

Daisuke san will no longer be baptized on the 26th 😢 We had an appointment with him this Wednesday at which we were planning on trying to really push to get him to church, but he had an appointment with work come up randomly, and couldn't meet with us. I tried to get him to come to church talking with him on the phone, but he already was busy, so hes going to try to be to church next week, but now he wont be able to come to church enough times to be baptized on the 26th. So we'll try to set a new date with him, but I would still appreciate everyone's prayers for him.

Ritsuki kun is continually progressing. He even got up yesterday (being "persuaded" by his friends) and bore his testimony in church, talking about how much he has come to know God and things like that and it was great.

We are doing great. Its cold now. You might seen the insane amount of snow that Sapporo is getting. I am also quite shocked about it, but here in Muroran we haven't gotten much. What we did get already melted.

Well. I've got to go. I love you all. Enjoy the Christmas season and remember the real reason for it.
Elder Eliot

Saying goodbye to a Sister Missionary

Went to a fabric dye factory

Pacific Ocean at sunset

The usual eating!!