Iizuka week 3 – miracles!


Rain and District meeting

April 10:
Hey everyone!  Sorry about the lack of email last week.  I got sick 😷 and slept all day, so I didn’t have time, haha! 😆

Anyway, not too much is going on right now, other than our investigator Takuya san (Mr. Takuya) just passed his baptismal interview!!  So he’s all set to be baptized next Sunday!
It’s been interesting how I don’t feel like I really had to do anything — I transferred in and he was already there with ‘one foot in the font,’ as it were.  It reminded me of a scripture where Paul says, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
After all,  this is God’s work, not mine.

Well that’s been about it.  We also had district meeting up in Fukuoka with the coolest district ever!

I love you all!
Elder Houseknecht

Greetings and Farewells

March 27:
Hey everyone!!
So this week I said goodbye to Nago, Okinawa, and an awesome three-man
companionship.
After spending Tuesday night and Wednesday morning packing, I had some
extra time so we hit the streets and knocked on doors for the last
time as a threesome!
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I’m going to miss working with Elder Baker and Elder Lords. We had a lot
of fun and saw some cool miracles these past few months!
I got picked up Wednesday night by the senior missionary couple to stay the night at the zone leaders’ apartment. One of the zone leaders was going home, so we had a “huge party,” haha!
The next day I followed my travel plans from the paradise island of Okinawa…

To this big blue dot about an hour from Fukuoka! It’s actually still way cold here. ❄️

image1Anyway, I’m really enjoying getting settled here in Iizuka. We have a lot of people to work with, including one man who’s getting ready to be baptized in April! My new companion, Elder Van Tonder, is way cool too. He’s only been a missionary for six months, but he’s a way hard worker and really loves the people!

And…that’s about it for this week!

I love you all!!

Elder Houseknecht

Week 66- I’m alive!!

Hey everyone!!
It’s transfer week this week, and as usual I still haven’t gotten
the call. I’m pretty sure I’m leaving though… We’ll see!

I honestly feel like nothing happened this week. I don’t
really have any pictures either…
Oh, now I remember why–we spent three days out of our area this
week! We went up to Kumamoto to have pday [Preparation day] with the district, then
stayed the night till district meeting on Tuesday. We got back Tuesday
afternoon, but on Thursday morning we went to Kumamoto again to have
exchanges with the zone leaders, and stayed the night until Friday!
So I guess we haven’t done that much in Yatsushiro this week, haha!

Spiritual thought for this week:  “Eternity” doesn’t begin tomorrow or sometime in the future.  It’s already happening, right now.  I’ve been realizing more and more that I just need to focus on RIGHT NOW because that’s what matters!

That’s about it! Next week I might be emailing from a different
area, with a new companion, but until then,
Hope you all have a great week!
Love y’all!

Elder Houseknecht

Week 65 – Not too much time…

Hey y’all~ not too much happened this week, and I don’t have a ton
of time, but anyway–
The one highlight was that we went to see a member run in a marathon! He’s
in his sixties but he’s way fast!

We also got these giant nashi [Japanese or Asian pears]. It was way good!

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Spiritual thought for this week:  In a recent General Conference talk, President Uchtdorf compared our lives to stories. If you think about it like that, it makes life so much more exciting! It makes me want to be a cool hero, haha!

That was honestly about it, but next week is gonna be way full!
Hope everyone has a great week!
Love y’all!

Elder Houseknecht

Week 64 – High School

Morning, ladies and gents! How’s it going?

This was an interesting week. We didn’t really get to meet with any
investigators, but we did some other cool stuff!
First off, we’ve been working with a less active member who’s trying
to quit smoking, and he’s doing really great! Since we’ve met him he’s
already cut down by more than half!
We’ll keep working with him and get him back to church too!

Other than that we went to a lot of high school events!
I don’t think I mentioned, but we live right by a high school, and they held an ‘undoukai‘ which is like a sports day for the whole school. We figured it’d be the best place to talk to a lot of people, and it turned out to be pretty effective!
Then we found out that another high school was doing one too, so we went there as well. Both schools did a lot of dancing, and there was some races and relay events… It was pretty cool!

We also went to a cultural festival at the high school right next to us, which was way cool!
All the classes had different exhibits, but this was probably the coolest–two dioramas from Hayao Miyazaki movies (this one’s from Spirited Away).

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We also got to talk to a whole bunch of high schoolers, and most of them had pretty good English!

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I swear we talked to guys too, haha!

Anyway, we now have a lot of high school friends, and it’s amazing how much we run into them now. It’s like the whole city knows who we are!

Spiritual thought for this week: Every day and every moment we are making choices that draw us nearer to God or make us His enemy… 気をつけないと… [ki wo tsukenai to… we better be careful…]

That was the week! I hope everyone has a good one!!
Love you all!
Elder Houseknecht

42週- お花見とお別れ

こんにちは!
皆さんが元気でいること、そして、お天気も良くなってきているようにと願っています!

今週、マチュー長老と巡回する機会があって楽しかったです!北方と(ブライアン長老と私の山での冒険の始まりの地点)、また、南方に向けて伝道、そしてマクドナルドで食事!

お花見
土曜日は支部のお花見会。とても楽しかったです!
この写真はピクニック・ブランケットに横たわって見上げた時の眺め。

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お別れ
日曜日、ポールとロエルという二人の求道者に会いました。二人に会うのは、これが最後かもしれません。二人に会うことはあまりなかったのでこれまで触れたことはなかったのですが、フィリピン出身で素晴らしい人たちです!!

彼らは勤めている会社の土地に住んでいて、訪問者禁止と上司に言われました。
その上、夜遅くまで働くので外で会うことはできません。
なんだか悲しいです。でも何とかいい方法を考えたい。

今週はそれだけ!来週は総大会。楽しみです!

良い週になりますように!
愛しています!
-ハウスクネクト長老より

おまけ(家族に向けてのメールより)
-アパートのお風呂はお湯が沸くとパッケルベルカノンの曲が流れます!
-先週時速6キロの勢いで山を下りました、、、落ち葉や柔らかい砂利道があってもう少しで道から外れそうになった、、、でも終わりよければすべてよし!!

質問:
ワードや支部の活動では宣教師の基準にはどのように従いますか?会員や友達たちと一緒に映画を見たり、音楽を聴いたりしますか?
答え:
活動が伝道に効果的であればよしとなっています。でも、映画についてはゾーンリーダーから許可を得なければなりません。この間の活動で映画を見たときには、活動の後で観た映画について話したり、映画の中の歌を歌ったりしない限り大丈夫ということでした。

 

 

Week 42- Hanami and Good-byes

Hey everyone! Hope things are going good and that the weather’s nice!

So this week I had the opportunity to go on junkai (split) with elder Mathews,
and we had a blast!  We went and dendou-ed (did proselyting) way up north (the beginning
of elder Bryans’s and my mountain adventure) and also way down south,
and went out to eat at McDonald’s!

Hanami
Saturday we had a Hanami (cherry blossom viewing picnic) with the branch, which was way fun!
This is the view from laying down in the picnic blanket.

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Good-byes
On Sunday, we met with two of our investigators names Paul and Roel for possibly the last time. I haven’t mentioned them before because we haven’t been able to meet them much, but they’re from the Philippines and way cool!
They’re living on company owned property though, so their boss said they can’t have visitors, plus they work really late so they can’t meet anywhere else…
It was kind of sad, but we’ll figure something out.

Well, that’s it for this week! Next week is general conference, so that’s way exciting!
Hope everyone has a great week!
Love you all!
Elder Houseknecht

The followings are from the email sent to his family:
Last week we biked down a mountain at four miles an hour… There were dead leaves and loose gravel, and I almost went of the side of the road, but…all’s well that ends well!

Question:
What do you do regarding the missionary standards when you go to ward activities? Do you get to watch or listen along with everybody?

His reply:
The idea is that if we can make it into effective dendou (missionary work), anything goes! Though, the zone leaders have to approve any movies… Last time they said it was okay as long as we didn’t talk about it or sing any songs from it afterwards.

 

41週

こんにちは!そちらはどうですか?

今週は伝道とレッスンに関してはあまり変化なし。でもすばらしいことが川内で起きています!

雨の日のハイキング?
初めに、私たちはハイキングのようなことをしました、、、。
水曜日に、とくにレッスンの予定がなかったので自転車で30分くらい北に向かって行き、新しい場所で伝道することに決めました。雨が降っていたのでそこに着くまで一時間以上かかってしまいました。でも、可能性のある素晴らしい求道者を見つけたので、出かけた価値はありました!
不運なことにブライアン長老のタイヤがパンク。
それでiPadのappの地図を使って帰り道を決め、、、それらしく、、、それで山を越えることになってしまいました、、、。
5キロの登り、3キロ下り。家にたどりつくまで2時間半かかりました。

でも、とても楽しかった!景色はとても良かった。

音楽の夕べ
教会で素晴らしい音楽の夕べがありました。
支部会長さんがバンドに所属している友達を招き、数人の会員も音楽の発表をしました。
素晴らしかったです!もっと求道者をそんな活動に招待すればいい、、、。

それと同じ日に英会話教室の一人の生徒さんとミカン狩りに生きました。彼は山のほとんどを覆うほどのとても広いミカン畑をもっています‼ 景色は信じがたいほど素晴らしかった、、、

今日はこんなところかな~。

伝道関係のことはあまりない週だったけど、本当に楽しかった!
それに、天候は良くなってきているし!

素晴らしい週になりますように!
素晴らしい復活祭になりますように!!!

愛しています。
-ハウスクネクト長老より

Week 41

Hey everyone! How’s life?

So this week was pretty slow as far as proselyting and teaching, but we did have some pretty cool and crazy stuff happen here in Sendai!

hiking in rain?
First off, we kind of went hiking:
So on Wednesday we didn’t have any appointments, so we decide to bike about thirty minutes north and dendou (tract) a new spot. Well, it’s raining, so it ends up taking us over an hour to get there.  BUT we found a way cool potential investigator so it was worth it!
Unfortunately, elder Bryans’s tire popped.
So we plot a path back using a map app on the iPad, and it…sort of…
It took us over a mountain. Five kilometers up, three down.
All in all it took us two and a half hours to get home.

It was way fun though! The scenery was pretty sweet.

a pretty cool music night
Also, we had a pretty cool music night at the church. The branch president invited a friend who’s in a band, and some of the members performed too. It was pretty awesome!
We just have to get more investigators to these activities…

Oh yeah, the same day, we went and picked oranges with an eikaiwa (English class) student!  He’s got a huge orange…orchard?  that covers most of a mountain!
The view was incredible…

And…that’s about it I guess.  Kind of a slow week for missionary stuff, but way fun!
And the weather is getting better!

Hope everyone has a great week!
Happy Easter!!!

Love you all,
Elder Houseknecht