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Stephen Gomes and I enjoyed a little Canadian trip to Winnipeg on Veterans Day (US)/Remembrance Day (Canada).
We went to a Canadian McDonalds, so as to remain slightly American, and then spent many hours at the Manitoba Museum. We went to the ‘Real Pirates’ exposition, the science museum, the main galleries, and the planetarium. We enjoyed some shopping, went to ‘Speedworld’, where they have 45 MPH Go-Karts, and did some serious drifting, and then finished the day off with some Canadian food at Harvey’s
Sounds like we’ll be staying here overnight on the airport’s bill. Most of my updates recently are on twitter @timesscript.
Praise the Lord for safety so far!
We just had a wonderful church service here. It’s been such a blessing having a Korean woman in the church who is willing to translate all of the services for us. We have radio transmitters and we are all able to use our ear buds to listen to the translation. After the service tonight there was a group photo of many people in the church and our group.
A few days ago we were able to be outside of the Stadium where is the South Korean and North Korean women’s football (soccer) teams were playing. We had a good opportunity to pass out many tracts there.
Earlier in the week I was able to pass out tracts outside of the venue where they have the beach volleyball. One note on that is that the teams are much more modestly dressed from the South Asian countries than they are in America. After the event there was a lot of security around-several busses full of policemen. I offered a tract to the policeman in the front who looked like he was a leader or captain of some sort, but he refused it. Just a minute later he came back with his entire bus of policemen, handed me his cellphone and asked me to take a picture of their whole group. I did so, and also took a picture of them on my phone, and then was able to offer them all tracts. He was the first man to take one and all of them gladly accepted them.
In this group, as well as in many others, it’s been such a blessing to see that one some people see that others are getting a tract and they are moving too fast for all to get them that some will stand back and wait or even reach out their hand to try to get one from you instead of you having to offer one to each one of them. We have also been blessed to see that even when we sometimes have to take a little bit of time and dig through our bags to get out a tract in the language of the person, they will still stand there and wait patiently.
We also had opportunities only went to hand out tracks at the road cycling event. It was raining, so I brought my umbrella. Not everyone had one, including some of the officials. Here is a photo of Andrew from our group being able to use the umbrella and share it with a trainer in road cycling from Syria. We were able to give him a tract.
We’ve also had some fun times when we’ve been able to be nearby a shopping center. We went to a mall and did some shopping here, and afterwards we were in a group together with some of the other Korean brothers and sisters from the church.
God has really blessed, as much as I might want to say that it’s been tough or that we have been roughing it here in Korea, the church has really been a blessing in how much they have provided for us. We have a full breakfast prepared every morning and full dinner every evening, which is more than I can say that I get when I prepare things for myself at college. And then of course we go out to eat for lunch when we are in the middle of tract distribution. It’s all been such a enjoyable time, and all of the church members are very nice.
Keep praying as we have one more day of outreach and then we are also hoping for a safe trip back.
It’s been a very blessed time here during these past couple of weeks. Today the group that I was with went to the International area of town and was able to hand a lot of tracts to workers and visitors from other countries. During the last few days we’ve also had good opportunities at the various sporting venues where the games are bein Yesterday there was a lot of Pakistani people we were able to give tracts to in Urdu. I’ve been less focused on taking pictures, and more on passing out the tracts so I’m sorry for not having a lot of interesting things to post here. God really has been blessing though, and we praise Him for all of the opportunities we’ve had. Yesterday, I was working with an American missionary to Korea, and a man went jogging past us. The American missionary ran up to him asking him what country he was from, and he said he was from Thailand, and kept running. I had given the missionary, whose name is brother Ernie, an assortment of tracts, so he started running beside the man from Thailand and looking through the tracts to see if he had one to give him. He did not have the right one so after running with him for about 15 seconds he turned back, but by then I had found it and caught up to them and was able to give him one. We have had interesting experiences like this throughout the time I have been here. Praise the Lord!
Right now I am waiting at the venue for the road cycling race here in Incheon. It begins in one hour. It is raining quite a bit, and a stand with a tarp roof began to fill up with water. Another person on thie trip, Andrew from Metropolitan Baptist in Minneapolis and I both went to help some Asian games volunteers to push the tarp up to dump out the water. We were ble to do so, but some of the zip ties holding up the roof couldn’t hold and we had to fix the roof! Around a dozen countries will have cyclists here today. I have wifi in this area which allows me to relate this story and do some uploading!
Today was time for a little recreation as our entire group went to the Demilitarized Zone, which is a thin strip of land between North and South Korea. We were even able to go into a building which is half in North Korea and half in South Korea, and we could step into the North Korean side. That is the blue building in the picture below, and also where I have the picture of myself next to the South Korean soldier. So now I can officially add North Korea into the list of countries that I have visited. And you’ll see from the pictures t.here are many interesting places along the way; so much so that some in our group were getting a little bit tired on the way back. I’m ready to get back to work tomorrow morning and looking forward to the week ahead of work for the Lord.