Dear family -
Another week has gone by! We had some pretty crazy weather this week - Busan got hit by some really bad rains; several people actually died in accidents during the storm. It was last week on p-day; Elder Lees and I were out and about emailing, shopping, etc., and right as we got home, the rains got really bad, so we managed to avoid the worst of it. Gwangan was okay; several other areas flooded for awhile. More on that a little later.
So the exciting news for this week is: we got a new investigator! I think I might have mentioned him really briefly last week, but his name is (I'm typing on a different computer which can't handle Korean) Pak Shinguun. We met him while advertising our English class. He goes to a local college, is majoring in some kind of English major, and is 28 years old. He came to English class and after class, we took him to another classroom and talked with him. It was kind of awkward at first, but things turned out well. He has a friend who is a member, and so Brother Pak Shinguun said he knows a little bit about our church. He asked us "What makes your church difffent from other Christian churches?" We were really excited to hear that question! :D Anyways, we decided to meet this Tuesday after English class and talk more about it. Elder Lees in particular is really excited to find someone new.
We're going to be really busy on Tuesdays now: we have our normal morning schedule (6:30-12:00), lunch with a member (12:30-2:00), an hour of time to schedule (2:00-3:00), preparing for English class (3:00-4:00), teaching Brother Yoon Yeoungon and Brother O Samsok (4:00-5:00), English class (5:00-6:30), meeting with Brother Pak (6:30-7:30), and then finally dinner (7:30-8:30), a little bit of time, and then we're done by 9:00. Of course, our other days aren't as busy (well, Saturdays are usually pretty busy), but Tuesdays are really good!
We couldn't really meet with Brother Jeoung Deyeoung this week - school started for him, and so only weekends are available, and he was busy Saturday. He came to Stake Conference with us on Sunday though, which was good (except I fell asleep for just a tiny little tiny part of it). He said he want to meet with us (to play sports, not to discuss the gospel) next time his school has time off, so we might be able to meet him sometime next week.
Speaking of next week, next Sunday Monday Tuesday is Chuseok, which is a Korean harvest/thanksgiving holiday. I'm not sure what's going to happen; last time we had like a bonus p-day, but Chuseok unfortunately falls on p-day. We might do something together as a zone, but I haven't heard anything yet. I'm not sure how we'll do missionary work, since everything shuts down on Chuseok; nobody is even outside! Last time, I think they just told us to do the best that we can without bothering anyone too much...
Other than that, life is continuing as normal. We're still meeting with Brother Yoon, Brother O, and Brother Pak (the older guy, not the new investigator), but they're not progressing super well. We've found a few more people interested in English class, and the ward mission leader has asked us to step up English class a bit, so we might be able to find a few more interested people through that. I think English class is our strongest method to find people, because it's pretty innocent and people are interested, but we've also been trying to visit less actives (like really, really old less actives that nobody knows anything about), calling less actives, and calling former investigators. At least on the former investigator front, things have been going okay - we've had a decent number of people pick up. We haven't been able to actually meet anyone, but I think that'll be what we focus on for awhile.
Back to the heavy rains this week - so it rained really hard on Monday, and we got a text from our leaders asking if we could help out in a service project on Friday. There is some park by a river, and the river flooded in the rain and kind of tore up this park (it's more of a walking path by the river). I'm not sure how it happened, but some part of the government asked our church and our missionaries to help out. Elder Lees and I didn't have any special plans for Friday, so we got to go. We got to wear the cool "Mormon Helping Hands" yellow vests and work. It turns out all we did is clear some debris off of park equiptment and pick up garbage, but it's been the first time I've done a big service project as a missionary. We had some 35-40 missionaries show up, and it seems like a lot of people that saw us were impressed. I didn't get to take any pictures though, since my camera was in my bag and they put all the bags in one of the cars.
I think that about sums it up! The white handbook says that missionaries are supposed to share spiritual experiences when they email, but I can't really seem to find any stories or anything that I want to share... I'll try to figure something out.
Thank you all for all you do!
- Elder Luke
- Elder Luke
Also, here's some random pictures: I tried to take a picture of the rain, but I don't think it conveys how hard it was raining. One's of English class, and the last of Elder Lees and I eating lunch at Costco. We took a "selfie" but I didn't work out as well as I had hoped. I was too embarassed to ask anyone to take a picture though. :)
Note: Andrew didn't actually get the rain photo attached, so only two pictures this time.