As I sit here, I can’t believe that two weeks have already passed. I realize how much I have missed Japan, and still how much preparation needs to be done before I move here. Today, Brent and I went to the Okayama Immigration Office to begin filling out forms for my missionary visa. The clerk in the immigration office spoke in rapid fire Japanese. I was very glad Brent was there to help. As I poured over the forms, written in English and Japanese Kanji, I realized how far I still have to go.
On the train back to Kojima, Brent and I discussed Japanese and good ways to study while our fellow passengers napped around us. My recent method has been Rosetta Stone, flashcards, and I am currently working on getting a list together of the 1000 most used words in the Japanese language to begin memorizing. I believe language is important. I feel like if I want to show the people here that I truly care about them, I will take the time to learn their language, and not just expect them to know mine. As I return to America, studying Japanese is going to be a top priority.
Later, all of us went to a local restaurant for dinner before coming back to the house for a time of prayer. We prayed for one another and the work here in Kojima. Things are about to get a lot busier for me, so I want to take the time to ask you to pray as well. Please pray for the work in Kojima. Pray for Brent, Sandy, and Ashley. Pray for Japan and for the hearts of the Japanese people. Pray for me as I continue fundraising, studying Japanese, and as I travel back to America.
As we pray together, I hope I can use this blog to show you how our prayers are being answered and the work God is doing.
Coming back from any trip is always bittersweet. I look forward to seeing my friends and family, but I hate leaving Japan. However, this time I know I will be returning soon.
Thank you for all the love and support you continue to show me.
Farewell Kojima, until next time…