Well it has been quite a week with lots of miracles, new experiences, and also a new transfer call to top it all off!
The week started off a little bit slowly as we were finishing the extended 추석 (Chuseok) holiday weekend and were not able to meet many people. We did a shortened P-day of just shopping and emailing on Monday and then on Tuesday headed down to Busan for our Mission Fitness Day. We woke up at 5 in the morning, got all ready to go, caught the bus and subway over to Daegu train station, and took a 7 am train down to the mission headquarters. When we were there we heard a few talks from our leaders, got sweet mission t shirts that one of the missionaries had designed, and then went off to do the 5/10k. I decided to go for the 5k (because I am not that much of a runner) and it was actually really great. I wasnt particularly fast at all, but ran the whole thing without stopping and was able to make it in about 29 minutes. We all ate burgers and hot dogs together, had some time to play sports freely together (basketball, soccer, etc.), and then caught a train back to Daegu in the evening. It was a super fun day, a good way to spend a P-day during the busy 추석 (Chuseok), and a good workout as well.
We had a normal wednesday of district meeting, doing some work spreading businesscards for our english class and then teaching english class and thenthursday we met one of our investigators and a less active and deep cleaned our house for the new transfer. While it started out as kind of a slow week with Chuseok, lots of meetings and lots of little odds and ends to prepare for the next transfer, the end of our week turned into probably one of the busiest and most miracle filled of my mission.
Starting on Friday we went to both of our service projects (one working at a soup kitchen and another teaching english to children at a library) and then because we werent able to set up any appointments with our investigators went to visit 2 less actives. While one of them was not at home we were actually able to meet another for the first time, shared a really spirit filled message with her, and she agreed to come to church the following sunday. As we continued in the evening and were doing our normal daily planning at the end of that night we got a text from one of the young single adults in our ward that said (in korean): “he elders, do you have time tomorrow night at 5? I wanted to do a gospel lesson with two of our friends.” That next day one saturday we were able to have an awesome lesson where we taught both of his friends the message of the restoration, taught 2 other of our high school student investigators from english class and also meet with a less active at the church, who brought his nephew who has recently moved to Daegu, wants to attend church with his uncle and is interested in getting baptized. Within one day Elder Mitchell and I found 4 new investigators, visited a member at his house a shared a message, taught 2 member lessons, and one other lesson. We had so many people to teach that we had to go on splits with our ward missionaries in order to teach everyone. Within one day we found more investigators than the last few weeks combined. It was a real blessing and a result of a whole transfer’s hard work and patience. It really proved to me that God does give us miracles and guide his work, even if it takes some time.
That night we called and invited everyone we could to church the next day and had 4 investigators and 6 less actives there. There were so many people in our little chapel that we had to set up more chairs during the meeting. After lots of hard work we are really seeing lots of movement here in 중리.
Well I guess the big news is that Elder Mitchell has been transferred to Busan and I am to remain here in 중리 as district leader and train a new missionary. A part of me is really nervous and unsure of what to come while a bigger part of me feels like everything fits so well. I really feel like I have the pool of investigators and knowledge of the area and members to have great next 2 transfers. The timing feels really right. This transfer there is a large group of elders coming in, about 16 or so, and only 1 of them is korean, so the odds are my new companion will be a foreigner. It should be a really great a interesting change from my last time of training a korean in a new area. I am currently with my temporary companions, 2 of the other trainers: Elder Godfrey and Elder Stoker, and tomorrow we catch another train down to Busan to meet the new missionaries!
Tune in next week to find out who my new companion is! I am excited for all that is to come, wish me the best!