Quick run through update:
I decided not to go to church because it sounded like there was going to be quite a few people and I though there probably wasn't going to be enough room in the little home church. Found out later that it would have been fine – but I had a wonderful Bible time instead. I ended up spending over 4 hours reading and studying the Greatest Commandment (which led to the second commandment and then a study on love...) and wrote over 8 pages of notes. The Lord is so wonderful!
I thought I was going to die if they wouldn't let me work. Seriously there is nothing to do here if you aren't working. Anyways. I happen to see Lesley trying to sneak off and ask where she was going – which landed me with an exciting day out. First we (Lesley, Justin, and I) went to my work site and built a tool box for one of the other homeowners (the people who's houses I had worked on in the very beginning.) They are like super gardeners and they have all their gardening tools in like their living room because they have no where else to put them. So we spent the morning doing that – then went to their house to deliver it to them – which went quite interestingly. They were SO EXCITED! And declared it too good to put tools in and had us bring it into the house where they are going to use it as a little green house for all of their starter plants. Had coffee and visited with them for quite awhile. After that we ended up going to a mall and killing time until 5 when the little ramen shop that Justin and Lesley liked opened. Except that we discovered that it doesn't open on Mondays. We ended up going somewhere else – but it was still pretty amazing ramen! Got back to base and we decided to go for a walk (to burn off the ramen), it hit twilight and I literally went blind (for some reason I can't see anything at the time of night), so after Lesley and Justin discovered how blind I really was, they were trying to direct me and would poke me so I didn't step in the puddles – it was rather amusing.
Got a bunch of new volunteers – from Hawaii.
Tuesday (today) -
Woke up at 4:40 due to the new jet lagged volunteers........
Kenji did devotions this morning and talked about the way that the Lord directs our steps in life. It was such a good reminder. Finally got to work! YES! I finished drywalling the clubhouse and a bunch of other spots – ended up skinning all my knuckles by shoving my hands down cracks to hold the drywall tight.... ouch. But it was crazy how every piece worked perfectly – that just never happens.... thank you Jesus! Discussed the morning devotions more in depth with Justin over break and lunch. Good insights. Got to see Kazu-san (the neighbor) again today. He didn't look well – but he was out of the hospital. I talked to him for awhile (well tried to anyways – between my little Japanese and his little english) and he kept saying how grateful he was ans that ' in my mind SP is family' such a precious soul and yet with such a broken heart.
Got some awesome news for share time! Today at a home dedication two people accepted Christ!!!!!!
SO AWESOME! Every day here is so filled with the presence and blessings of the Lord – He is SO GOOD!