So, on Sunday, we had a really good service. Taka swapped churches and preached at Kawanaka, which is always good. I like it when he preaches. After the service, Mark invited Eri and I (Samantha already had lunch plans) down to Karato to meet some of his friends from the university. His friends are exchange students, mostly from *China* and one woman from Pusan, S Korea. After determining that taking a bus would be more efficient and quicker than hoping trains and then a bus, we ended up in Karato at a great Chinese restaurant. It was a buffet – any buffet restaurant or set up is called “viking” I have no idea why, but I get a kick out of it every time. Maybe it’s because you go to one place, take what you want, and then move on to the next tray, like the vikings did…hmm…maybe I’m on to something!
Anywho, it was really nice to spend time with some Chinese students around my age and get to know them. They were all really excited about International Cafe, so I’m going to keep them posted when the next one is. Also, Mark said he’ll let us know whenever they have a shindig of sorts so that we can join them. It was a really great time. One girl in particular was very friendly and wanted to keep in touch, so please pray that, even in my stay in Japan, I might be used to reach some people in China! That would be awesome! 🙂
After that, Eri and I went back to the church where we began setting up for a practical joke for Tony, the pastor/missionary/boss. We got the keys to his office and taped newspaper all over the bookshelves, desk, pictures, clock, etc. We went all out. Then we started blowing up balloons to fill the floor with…but we ran out of steam and had to call it a night. The next day, Monday, Samantha and I met back up with Eri and we all finished blowing up the rest of the balloons (11 bags in all ~ 110 balloons!). Then, we covered the entrance behind the door with newspaper, so that you couldn’t see what was inside until you broke through the paper. It was great. Samantha had the idea to put gridded tape as another boundary, so that he’d have to cut through in order to punch through in order to see the mess. It was so much fun. Every time we’d leave the room to take a break and came back, the hilarity of it all hit us again and we’d laugh for a good minute or so. I have put a link at the bottom so that you can see the process and stages of the project. Enjoy them, laugh, they are fun.
Also, I did get a phone call early this morning from Tony thanking me for his “welcome home” gift. 🙂 He has a good sense of humor…but I’m wondering who tipped him off that it was me…we were sure he’d suspect the secretary, or Samantha, first! Anywho, there you are! My week so far! 🙂