China kyoudai [brother]
is doing better. Even though we told him we didn’t want to put too much pressure on him, he basically said ‘lay it on!’ (but in a more teinei [polite] way).
is still in Nago… She said she should be back around this time, so we’re going to call her and see how she’s doing. Last time we called she said she doesn’t have time to go to church, but we’re praying that she’ll have enough desire to go that she’ll find the time.
So we’re continuing the hunt for new investigators.
We’re definitely working hard, but we haven’t found anyone yet. We probably need to find more ways to work smart.
(By the way, did I mention Egan kaichou’s [President’s] five steps to a successful missionary? If not, they’re:
1. Work hard 2. Work smart 3. Be strictly obedient 4. Have fun 5. Come home tired)
*Eikaiwa: Weekly English conversation classes that the Church offers to communities throughout Japan
Obon has been really loud. In Okinawa they have something called Eisa (or Eisa bon bon, as children call it) which involves a lot of drums and shamisen [a traditional Japanese stringed instrument]. In the middle of the night, almost right outside our apartment.
*Obon: A Buddhist summer custom to pay respect to the spirits of one’s ancestors. Usually held in mid-August, it is a four day-long period when it is believed that the spirits of one’s ancestors return to their former homes. On Obon, families get together to clean their ancestors’ graves, and offer food and incense to their ancestors on the first and the last days of Obon in order to greet them and then see them off. The way Obon is celebrated differs from region to region in Japan.