It has been a pretty good week here in Kojima. I am still doing a few things to settle in. I got to experience opening a bank account, which was very interesting. We also had our very first event here since I arrived.
Yesterday, we had a “wrapping party” for Operation Christmas Child. If you’re unfamiliar with the organization, they send Christmas presents all over the world to children in poor countries. People volunteer to fill a shoe box with toys or useful items like toothbrushes, socks, etc. and wrap them so that children in those countries can have a present to open on Christmas. Last night we wrapped 77 boxes which will later be filled with donated items from students and church members. It was a wonderful night and we got a lot accomplished.
Having almost been here for two weeks, I also wanted to share a few pictures with you of Kojima, so you can see a little bit of where I live.
Here is a picture of Logos. It serves as our church building, the English school, and Brent and Sandy’s house. I am staying here for the time being until I find an apartment. That is also my oh-so stylish purple bike that was loaned to me until I get my own. It is currently my main source of transportation.
Here is a picture of Kojima as you head toward what I guess could be considered “downtown.” Behind it is Washuzan, a large mountain that overlooks the Seto Inland Sea as well as the Seto Bridge, which connects the island of Honshu with Shikoku.
Here is a picture of a small inlet that runs through Kojima. It separates the neighborhood Logos is in from the downtown area. The water level changes with the tides. Sometimes you can see cranes looking for fish at low tide.
Here is one of the most essential places to know in Kojima, Tenmaya Happy Town. It is a department store that has a grocery store, a hundred yen store (read Dollar Store), an arcade, and various other shops. It’s usually where Brent and Sandy get groceries but right now it is closed for renovations. It also serves as a good landmark. It’s in the center of town and has a huge sign, so you can kind of judge what direction you’re going in if you can find it.
Here is the library/community center/bridge museum. The community center has various classes you can take. It also has some information inside about bridges. It is supposed to be shaped like a bridge as well. Brent has told me you used to be able to walk up on top of it, but they have since closed it off. There is also a park filled with various types of bridges in front of it. It is another good landmark.
I hope you enjoyed this short tour of Kojima! Please pray for me this week as I begin Let’s Start Talking-style Bible classes. I am very excited about what the future holds. I think God is doing great things in Kojima!