Mom and Dad It is transfer call Monday here in nagaoka. This past trasnfer was 7 weeks, and the next transfer is only 5. So today we got the call and sister ivory and I are staying together in nagaoka!!! Thank heavens!! I am not ready to leave this place I love it way tooooo much.
It is raining miracles here. This past week I learned a few vital things. 1- the power of prayer is real. Heavenly Father does hear and answer every single prayer I pray. 2- he might not answer it the way I want it to be answered but he will always answer it. 3- he is preparing people and the prepared people will come. This past week, it seemed as though ivory Shimai and I were working as hard as we could but it just seemed as if nothing was really happening with all of our hard work. Today I learned that no good dead goes unnoticed. Not to say that I am only full of good deeds but that the hard dendo we are doing is being noticed. This week we had been working so hard on getting people to church but by the end of the week, it looked as though we were only going to have one person at church. but this week Sunday we saw many miracles.
This week I had been praying so hard for certain people to come to church. I prayed for them all the time. On Saturday we visited a lady and she said she most likely wouldn't be coming. Our one person who said she was coming said she was still coming. So Sunday morning comes, we get to the church early because whenever irita comes, it is always way early. But she wasn't there. Around 9:20 we go outside to see if we can see her, but there is nothing but we see this lady mami. We met her the other day and talked with her for a while. We had met once before but didn't really have time to talk. Seeing her come to the church was amazing! Around 9:50 akane still wasn't here.. Yesterday she said she was going to come. Well I turn around and see this boy walk in with his sister and his mother. They are the cute family from eikaiwa. We invite them like every week but they never come. The elders saw them this morning and invited them to come to church so they did!! So awesome! Then coming in behind them was irita!! That women is full of miracles. This past week I prayed so hard that the elders investigator would come to church so akane would have a friend at church.. He didn't come but two other investigators of theirs came. One guy from eikaiwa that has come before and then a guy they just meet streeting the other day and he said if I have time I will come.
Heavenly Father didn't answer my prayer the way I wanted to it be answerd but he answered it in a much better way. Instead of just bringing a few people I asked for he brought many. Akane had several friends at church. People from Wednesday eikaiwa and Saturday eikaiwa and then the new girl mami, but then he also brought the elders investigators. He didn't bring the specific person I asked for but instead he brought two others!!
It just shows whose work this really is. I am so deeply humbled and blessed to be here. Have fun at the open house this weekend. Sorry I will be missing it, at least I will kind of be there so that will be good :)) I love you guys so much!! XOXO Sister Brown