Ah, this week seemed so long, went by so fast, but last Monday, was forever ago! And it seemed like there were some eventful things going on back home too!
Allison and Paul, earthquake and hurricane, it seems like you're living a similar life like me; having 24 gallons of water on hand, filling your bathtub with water, staying indoors to ride things out, food storage, yup it all sounds pretty familiar! And Dad says you recently had a Stake Conference talking about what to do if a hurricane comes, amazing. Did you ever hear that just a few days before the Tsunami hit in Tohoku, the Sendai mission had had a conference on emergency procedures, what to do in case there was a big earthquake and a tsunami hit, and then a few days later they had to actually use what they had just been taught. Modern day revelation is an amazing thing, protecting us in so many more ways than just even the physical.
Yamada shimai and I started training this past week. It's fun and I love having the opportunity to work with so many sisters, but I'm realizing I'm going to be just about dead by the end of this transfer! We got back from being gone for only 2 nights, and I realized just how much I love my futon, even if it is just a mat on a floor! Of course part of the reason just might be because, well, when you stick 4 sisters in a normally 2 person apartment, your sleeping space becomes infinitely smaller. For Japanese sisters that's okay, but when you're as tall as me, your feet go in closets, on top of chairs/luggage, or just remained squished up. We've gotten a good laugh out of it.
Other than that things have been pretty normal. We've seen some cool miracles here, as we've been working to build up this area; at the moment it's basically all streeting. God has been good though and given us some cooler days (low 30 degrees Celsius!). The other day we got caught in a huge rainstorm as we were visiting members, we didn't have our bikes that day, and well it turned out the members weren't home, so we couldn't wait it out there. Anyway, the train station was a good bit away, so by the time we got there we were completely soaked from head to foot! At least it made for a good conversation starter piece as we were on the train!
Also this past week Japan just finished it's first EFY! All of the counselors and helpers were volunteers, took time off of work (in Japan that's huge) to help out with it. Everyone was so excited about it! I think in America sometimes we take for granted things like EFY and other activites. I'm so glad that the youth of Japan finally also got to experience a week that helped change my life.
I love you all so much!
Hope everything is going well!
Sister Erin Benne