Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Great Area of ShinChon

Dear Family and Friends,

So this week has been filled with interesting things.  Let's start with the most important:  So they had a sale a Krispy Kreme and I hope about 24 donuts.  I've never tasted anything so delicious.  It was a buy one dozen get one dozen deal for $11 which is super cheap for Korea.  I couldn't pass it up.  Well that definitely wasn't the most important thing that happened this week, but I certainly enjoyed it.  I attached a photo of my Krispy Kreme run.

ShinChon has parties constantly going on everywhere.  When we talk with people every night, we almost always run into some show or some super loud jam session.  Since we live close to quite a bit of colleges, we talk with a lot of college kids and they really like to party at night.  On the other hand, I don't really know exactly what happens because we have to be in by 9 each night anyways.  But from the sound and look of it, there is never a dull moment in this crazy place.  Last night, we were walking home, and I looked over to my right, only to see a guy peeing undiscreetly behind a pole!  I quickly walked away and asked my companion about it. He didn't seem surprised at all.

So on a less disturbing note, our investigator, Idongwon, accepted a baptismal date.  After coming to church this sunday, we met with him and had a great lesson.  If all goes well, he will be baptized on November 1!  He's a super awesome and it's super fun to sit with him and help him progress in this wonderful gospel!  I love meeting with all of our investigators and helping to answer their questions and come to know God.  I feel like I learn so much from them each day.  T.G. is continuing to meet with us and talk with us.  He has quite a few questions, but those questions help me realize things that I haven't ever considered.

After our lesson with T.G. on Sunday, he gave us a ride home.  Seoul is even crazier from the inside of a car!  It felt so good to be back in a car for the first time in about 3 months.  I miss a lot of things about home for sure, but the experiences that I continue to have here make it all worth it.  It also continues to rain here.  When it rains, everyone has an umbrella.  Koreans are always extremely prepared for the rain.

Exchanges also occurred this week.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with that term,  Once a transfer the district leader works with each Elder in his district.  They are companions for the day while the other Elder works with the District Leader's companion.  On Wednesday,  Elder Christensen, the district leader, went on an exchange with my companion, so I was with Elder Day.  Elder Day has been here for four weeks also.  We had quite the fun time trying to figure out what people were saying to us on the streets.  In one day overall, We contacted 98 people and got 7 phone numbers.  Plus we set up an appointment to meet again with one person.  I still have no idea how I understood what people were asking me, but I do know that the Lord has got our backs. Even though both of us struggle in the language, everything went really well during that day.  It still continues to amaze me how much God blesses each one of us.

I again thank everyone for all their wonderful support! This work is not easy by any means but it is so much fun!

Your favorite (and of course humble) missionary,

Elder Wheeler

(Editor's note:  Chase and his companion had to go into the Seoul South mission [south of the Han River] to get a foreigner's card for Chase.  The photo of the building was from that excursion.)

Almost like being at home!

No comments:

Post a Comment