Nobeoka! The land of miracles;
Someone we taught as a referral of a referral a few weeks ago can't meet with us because she is in a hospital way away, but she messaged our member and said she has been reading the Book of Mormon and praying every day since - and she just started reading it from the beginning.
We had a lesson with a lady called Umeda, it was our second time and she is a student of our free English class - she too decided to start reading the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We invited her to be baptised next month, but first she wants to read!
We wanted to find a family, so we found one that was pretty uninterested but said we could come back. We fasted, and a few days later when we went there - they were waiting for us! The youngest daughter made Elder Culverwell and I a little present! She wrapped up a little keychain sort of thing in paper which she drew a picture on (one of the photos below). It is of her and her family saying 'Ah! A real australian!' and I'm the big one with the yellow shirt, saying 'I am from Australia.' Had a crazy good lesson with the Mum - who even made us dinner before we arrived! Invited her to be baptised and she said 'well what do I do?' and she is beginning to read the Book of Mormon and really wants to pray about it. She gave the closing prayer in our lesson and she was very sincere, and we have another appointment with her on Tuesday.
The only way for this work to really go ahead is through miracles, and I'm praying for them and seeing them every day!
I know it probably doesn't sound like much to a lot of you, but this week Elder Culverwell and I set a goal for 5 baptisms next month. We have been fasting and praying and working harder than ever to prepare for this, to find people, to really help people feel the Spirit testify to them of the truthfulness of this message - through reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Our goal for this month is to have 5 baptisimal dates. It's a big goal, and only achievable through miracles, faith and the hardest of work.
This is a wonderful work and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!
Also had lunch with a member, had the Japan-famous Nobeoka chickan namban.. dericious!