Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kooshin Shimasu (update)

So, Friday was pretty crazy. We woke up, ate breakfast at the cafe (except we didn't really eat, I'll tell you why,) and left to CCOkinawa to do some work. We got there at about 9:30 and started working straight away. Most of the crew went inside to move furniture and boxes and do some mopping and other cleaning for the Christian school that's moving in there. A few of the super strong, ultra manly guys--Diego, Eder, Pastor Tommy, Chuck, Adam, and myself of course--stayed outside and pried about fourty cement parking stoppers out of the ground and loaded them in the vans to be moved to CCGinowan. About five minutes after we started, the rain decided to follow suit and the floodgates of the heavens opened, drenching us. Mind you this was about day three of the Typhoon and the first real rain we had had. Also, I had just begun to feel the symptoms of the swine flu the night before. So, not a great scenario, albeit cooler and possibly more comfortable than the scorching, Okinawan sun. The physically trying prying and back-breaking body-building continued until about noon. Our hands were raw and our bodies were drenched, but our spirits were high. There's nothing better than working hard for the Lord... and knowing that our earthly reward for our labor would be a free meal at Yakiniku.
Ahh, Yakiniku: The Glutton's heaven. All-you-can-eat, grill-it-yourself meat, veggies, rice, and ice cream (yes, soft-serve ice cream which is even more amazing in Japan!) It's amazing. You walk away sick and hunger doesn't creep back until the next day. Sorry if you're jealous, but as God's word says "The righteous eat to their hearts' content, but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry" Proverbs 13:25. Anywho, enough twisting the scriptures to justify my gluttony. (btw, Yakiniku is the reason we didn't really eat breakfast, cause we wanted to eat as much as possible at Yakiniku.)
Oh, about the swine flu. Yeah, it's horrible. But it's nothing more than a summertime normal flu. So no worries, just be happy.... yup.
Let us see... oh yes, we were going to spend the last few days on Ie-Jima, one of the Okinawan islands, but seeing as everyone's sick or recovering from sickness, we won't be doing that. So I'm not really sure what's going down the next few days.

Well, that's about it folks. I miss you guys and I'm looking forward to coming home.
For now I pray for you continually, having you always on my mind.

God bless you all!

Isaiah 42:12

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