Sunday 25, 2014
This last week went by really fast, we saw so many miracles. We found four new investigators and we were able to meet with just about all the people that we wanted too. A few things fell through but that's okay because Heavenly Father was preparing so many people this week to be in our path it was amazing!! We were about 40 minutes from home and were biking up a pretty big hill, I went to gear down and my chain/gear changer broke off my bike! I have run that dang bike into the ground. We went to one bike shop and they said that nowhere on all of Okinawa had the part that I needed…but of course you can't just take one persons word for it. The next day we went to another bike shop and he said that he didn't have the part, but a bridgestone up the street could probably do it. Luckily they were able to and I have a bike in working order again yay! The next day we were getting ready to go to church and Kaskiwa Shimai's front tire had a flat! So we have been having bike troubles all week, but the good news is that we got it fixed and were still able to make it to all our appointments :)
One awesome miracle that I want to share happened last night. We went to an appointment with a new investigator named Fukuchi San and after his lesson we decided to stop by an apartment complex that we found a week or so before. We talked to 2 really prepared people when we went there the first time, so we wanted to see if they were home. Neither of them were, and we only had about 10 minutes left before we needed to head back home so we decided to just continue housing along the same row of doors until we found someone. About 3 doors into it we come to a door that looked at the door I was overwhelmed with the spirit and love for whoever was on the other side of the door. I knew someone was inside. We rang the doorbell and a sweet young girl maybe in her 30's answered the door. We said Hello! We are the missionaries! Have you ever met missionaries before?! and she said with a smile Yes! I have actually! Just this year! I have a Book of Mormon and I have read if half way through already! Kashiwa Shimai and I couldn't believe it! We talked to her for about 10 minutes about the plan of salvation. I asked her is she felt joy in her life and she said she didn't feel happiness at all…it was a perfect opportunity for me to then testify of our Heavenly Fathers love and our Saviors atonement. She agreed to meet with us this week on Wednesday at 6pm.
Time and time again I have seen the Lord place us in the right place at the right time to reach out to his children in love. It builds and strengthens my faith each time. The best part about this miracle who met her the first time are actually my current zone leaders. I called and asked him if he remembered anyone by the name of 'Maezato' and he said "Oh yeah! I remember her, she refused to take a Book of Mormon and I finally just shoved it at her because I knew that she needed it! She was so stubborn!" I just laughed and told him that his work paid off because she has read half of it. It was a testimony to me that we are preparing people for others who will come along. I already knew this but it was awesome to see the actual fruit of someone else's labor and then be able to report back to that missionary that his effort wasn't wasted even though he thought she was for sure uninterested when they met.
The Lord is truly at the head of this church. This is his church. It is his work and his glory! I am so blessed to be a part of it :)
I love each of you, Thank you for all the prayers love and support. Have a good week!
Love, Sharp Shimai