I apologize for not sending anything last week, but this week I will tell you about a miracle that we saw here in Numazu recently, as well as some things that maybe don't look so good right now.
A couple weeks ago, Elder J and I were riding along the top of the sea wall in order to get to an appointment. We chose this route because we don't usually get to see the ocean, there being this sea wall and also a thick stripe of trees inbetween the roads and houses and the ocean. We stopped a couple times to take pictures, but one time as we were doing this, this really, really tall white man who was walking along this same path just started talking to us. His name was B, and we found out that he was from Poland. He also expressed a desire to come to church when he found out that we were Christian missionaries, but unfortunately he was leaving for Vietnam for business in just a few days time, so he wasn't able to come. But we exchanged e-mail addresses and he told us to "keep in touch."
Just a few days ago, we got an e-mail from him saying that he was back from Vietnam already because his wife who lives in Japan found out that she is pregnant with their second child. And he said he wanted to know when church was and if he could "meet with us and have some tea and biscuits." And so he came to church yesterday and he expressed a lot of interest in learning about the church. So we taught him about the restoration and he was really excited to get the Book of Mormon and to see what it had for him to benifit from it.
God is preparing people everyday, and he directs them to his servants, who in this case just happened to be us. The Lord works in mysterious ways, and this is especially evident when working in His vineyard.
However, there is also some sad news. If you remember, A, the Philipino lady who just showed up to church one day when I first got to Japan got in a car accident on the very day that we were planning on asking her to be baptized. It has been really hard to get in contact with her. She works at a factory and she also has to go to the hospital now because she was injured in the accident. We finally got an appointment to meet with her for two days ago. But on Friday, the day before the appointment, she got in another accident. She ran into an old man. And so now she doesn't want to use her car at all, and now she isn't sure about the church because every time she decides to meet with us or come to church, something bad happens.
But! I know that the Lord is directing her life, just as he directs everyone's. These things weren't just random happenstance. They needed to happen. I cannot see the full picture right now. But I know that everything will work out for the best.
Have a good week,