Thursday, August 4, 2011
Revival of the Cottage Meetings and a Luau
In July we moved into the home of Bill and Melene Mierzejewski while they went to the States for the summer and also the marriage of their son, Alex. We stayed with the Mierzejewski's for 10 days when we first arrived on the island. They are here on Okinawa with the Department of Defense School system and have been here for 27 years. They are renting a very modern 4 bedroom home just outside Camp Foster, a Navy base. It is centrally located to most of our mission activities and only two blocks from the East China Sea and Araha Beach--one of Okinawa's main beaches.
On July 3rd, July 16th and July 30th we were able to have Barbeque Night "Cottage" meetings where missionaries could bring members and investigators together to eat and to share the Gospel message. The Japanese people love to come together with the American people--especially when there is a nice place where everyone can gather.
Also on July 23rd we were able to help with a Luau held at the nearby Araha Beach where Young Single Adults from the Military Branches and the Young Single Adults from the two Japanese Branches could get together. There were over 60 people who attended--about a quarter of the Young Single Adults who came were not members of the church. We had a great time with good food, beach volleyball and Hula Dancing!!