April 2, 2017
Okay, so first off I should probably inform everyone that next week I will be emailing on Tuesday, not Monday, because next week is TRANSFERS! Though I haven’t gotten the official word yet whether I’ll be moving, I’m like 95% sure I’m leaving Qishan. I’ll get to that later.
This week was slow and fast at the same time. Slow because we didn’t have that much success, at least in terms of numbers, but fast because I’m having a hard time even remembering what happened this last week.
Tuesday we met with a man named Chen Rong Chang. He’s been an on and off investigator for just over a year now. I’d met with him a few times before, but it had been a few months. He’s an interesting man. He had some questions that I thought were pretty funny. First off, he has a problem with drinking. He’s a business man, and he very often finds himself in company with alcohol. He knows he shouldn’t drink, but he just can’t seem to part with the social drinking business atmosphere. Apparently one of his Christian friends told him he should just tell God in prayer that he’s going to go on vacation from the commandments so that he could drink. That way, drinking wouldn’t matter. You just say, “hey God I’m about to drinking with my buddies, don’t worry, when I get back I’ll be obedient again”, or something like that. He asked us if you could do that. NO! That’s not how commandments work. We can’t go on vacation from them. We must always follow them! One of this man’s biggest desires right now is to feel the power of God in his life. He wants to feel the Holy Ghost. We have told him that he will feel the Holy Ghost as he brings his life in harmony with the commandments of God. That’s the simple truth. God will bless us as we follow him. He does that because he loves us. He gives us laws because he loves us and wants us to be happy. Why do I keep the commandments of God? Simple answer: I want to be happy.
Wednesday we received some disappointing news. John Sullivan sent us a text that morning saying that we couldn’t meet. He has come to the conclusion that although he wants to believe everything we’ve taught him, he doesn’t think he can and he doesn’t think he’ll ever be able to. He thanked us for our encouragement and helping him improve his life. But he didn’t want to meet again. Well to be entirely honest, Wednesday morning was awful. My companion and I barely said a word that morning. We were both just quiet and sad. After lunch, we began to cheer up, and from then on it was a good day. Fast forward to Friday morning. Friday we had interviews with President Teh. Since in my last interview with him I shared about Brother Sullivan, I decided to give him the news. We talked about him and his family for a minute or two, then President Teh gave me some advice. He told us to go and try to teach John’s daughter. His daughter is in her teens, she believes in God, and she’s prayed and read scriptures with John in the past. That idea had never even occurred to me. We have since spoken with Brother Sullivan. Though he has lost hope for himself, he completely supports his daughter learning, so long as she wants to. We have yet to find out if she has any interest in meeting with us, but I do believe in miracles. Brother Sullivan, God hasn’t given up on you and your family yet.
Also, I said earlier that I’m 95% sure I’m leaving Qishan because President basically told me so. He said that there’s a time and a season for everything, and that my time and season is about to change (or something along those lines that sounded pretty wise). So I imagine I’m finally leaving my first area next week. I’m excited. It’ll be good to see some change.
Some fun facts from this week: We made horchata to best of our very limited horchata knowledge. We ended up combining milk, coconut milk, sugar, and cinnamon in a big pot on the stove. Let me tell ya, it was freaking delicious. SOOO good. I know it wasn’t real horchata, but it was incredible.
We also went to this little restaurant in Gaoxiong called Arkansas Diner which is run by this jolly old southern fella from Arkansas. There I had a BBQ bacon cheeseburger, root beer, and a brownie and ice cream for dessert. I was so happy. The man greeted us with his kindly southern charm and accent when we got there and at that moment, I knew I was home. Unfortunately however, he doesn’t sell grits. He did have pecan pie though. It was actually the third time we’ve tried to eat there. The two previous times it was closed for some inexplicable reason. Third times a charm I guess. To tell you how cool the owner is, he moved to China about 25 years ago to learn Keng Fu and has been in Asia ever since.
Yeah, so that was my week. Tell me about yours!