Saturday, June 24, 2006

Explorations.....

Fridays and Saturdays are usually our day off, but since our first reading session was Thursday, we decided to work on Friday this week. Today, Saturday, was our first day off, and we needed it. We have already done alot of work, and we now have 60 readers! Amazing huh? We also picked up 2 tonight. So anyways, Tyler and I slept in and at about noon the guys came to the church so that we could all go to Hitachi-city. We all left and walked to the train station and purchased our tickets. It is only 180 yen for one stop (that is less that 1.80 dollars here). Anyways, we finally got off the train and made our way into Hitachi. Bryan was craving McDonalds, as were Tyler and I, so we ate a good lunch there. Who-hoo, go mickey d`s!! There in Hitachi they have this 5 story department store. It is huge. We walked around there, and on one of the floors they have a 100 yen store. Basically, everything in the is 1.00 dollar. We picked up some souvenirs and began to leave the store. Mike, he owns an english school here in Taga and Mito, was singing tonight at this Italian restaurant in Omika. Mike is also a church member here in Taga. The couple that Tyrel and Bryan have been staying with, Rusty and Laura, also live in Omika. Mikes performance was not until 6:30 so we decided to go ahead and go to Omika early. It was about 2:30. We bought another train ticket and made our way into Omika. It is about a 25 minute walk to Rusty and Laura`s from the train station. The train system reminds me of the New York City subway system. The doors open and you have about a minute to get on of off. Although here, the trains only run in two directions and you just count how many stops it is to your destination. When we go to Tokyo, we will take the train. It is a good 3 hour ride. We finally made it to their house at about 3:30. We took a quick break and relaxed. They have a 4 month old baby, Alex, so Laura was going to go down to the beach. We all went and it was about a 10 minute walk. We got there and it was breathtakingly beautiful. We finally took some group pictures of us near the ocean. We waded around in the water for awhile and made our trek back to the house. We are in the middle of what is known as the "Pacific Ring of Fire". I really do not know what that means. The Pacific Ocean is gorgeous. Up on the hill there is this wonderful little white lighthouse just up there sitting by itself. We almost thought about going up there, but didnt want to walk all the way up there. It was almost 5 when we got back, and Rusty was waiting for us when we returned. Laura and Bryan went to the grocery store so Rusty, Tyrel, Tyler and I just relaxed. We left for the restaurant at about 6:25 (drove) and sat down to hear his performance. He has a wonderful voice. We all ordered pizzas (delicious) and then went back to the house. Rusty then gave Tyler and I a ride back to the train station so we could get to Taga. We bought our tickets and had about 4 minutes until our train arrived, so we bought some vending machine ice cream. Vending machines are very popular and are everywhere. We ate our ice cream and by the time we finished it was time to get off the train. We then walked back to the church which is about a 5 minute walk and I got on the computer to type this blog. I hope that you all enjoy these postings! I have not had much feedback, so enjoy reading. If there are any questions about Japan let me know. If any of you know of any particular kind of souvenir you want, let me know. Until we meet again......

7 comments:

macy said...

hey!! i didn't even know u had this thing!! wow it sounds like u are having an amazing time there and it sounds like God is really tryin to work. Thanks for all the info u are leavin its really comforting to know ur doing good. So hows the food? lol..is the communication difficult? well we love u so much and are praying for u and that GOd will do amazing things!! love you, macy

Aunt DeeDee said...

Hey sweetheart! Nana gave me your blog address today. Wow, I can't believe all the things you are getting to experience. I am so happy for you. God has intrusted you with alot of responsibility. He must think an awful lot of you. You are getting to do more for the Lord in these few weeks than what most people do in a lifetime. I will pray that God will give you wisdom to deal with the people in a very evangelistic way. We are praying for you that you want get too homesick and that God will use you in a very mighty way. We love you so much and are so proud you. Please take good care of yourself! Don't be getting the hot's for any of those Japaneese guys. We want you back!
Love,
Aunt DeeDee

Anonymous said...

jordan, it sounds as though you are meeting some precious people. i know you are making life-long friends with some of the ones you are working with. isn't it amazing that God has put so many sweet people inevery country-not just the states. i know the time is going to pass quickly-it always does when you're havingsuch a good time and so much to see.love you sweetie, nanna

Roger said...

Hey Jordan. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time. Hannah and I wished that we were there with you. We are holding down the fort until you return. Bella also says hi.

We have rented your room to a real nice girl, so you may have a roommate when you return.

I love you.....Dad

Anonymous said...

HEY JORDAN FROM BONNETT PET CENTER,YOU KNOW YOUR OTHER HOME.YOUR EARS MUST BE BURNING BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT YOU ALL THE TIME. WELL MR.& MRS. BONNETT CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU COME HOME. WE INTERVIEW SO MANY PEOPLE BUT NO ONE COMPARES TO YOU. MR. BONNETT WORKS ON THE SCHEDULE AND SAYS WE JUST NEED TO WORK AROUND JULY CAUSE WE WILL HAVE JORDAN BACK IN AUG. I LOVE READING YOUR BLOGS. I SMILE JUST THINKING ABOUT ALL THAT YOU ARE GETTING TO SEE AND EVERYONE YOU ARE MEETING.YOU SOUND SO HAPPY. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU ARE THERE WORKING WITH. NANCY

Your Younger Sister in America said...

Hey Sister!!
Bella and i were just sittin here... well shes laying! lol but i thought id comment and say HI!! well eat some good food for me and too bad your Japanese wont help me out any in Spanish 3 next year..... ok so i lied im NOT taking Spanish 3... gtg
Love Ya!
Hannah

oh yeah... bella says "Bark, Bark!!"
Love,
(paw print here!)

nanna said...

jordan, please continue posting.the first thing i do in the morning and the last thing at night is to see what you have written. we have enjoyed it so much-you make us feel as though we are getting to experience the trip and meet the people you talk about. i also check it during the day as you can tell from this time.
i love you sweetie,
nanna