Saturday, February 28, 2009

Public Bath...

My new friend Dominick took me out to a famous spa in the city of Yoseung...it is right near my home....it is one of the places he goes very often to relax and hit up a public bathhouse....most people dont really like them, getting nakie in front of a bunch of people and stuff....(everything in me from American culture tells me to not do it....it gross....blah blah blah) but then again Im not living in America, and i want to live like they do....its not weird to them....most guys go, and they bring their wife and she goes with her friends in the girl side....just a time to relax...thats what I like....sit, pray, get perspective, chill out, talk to a good friend, smell good....lol

Well I only have pictures of the outside, duh....lol It was really great....i really liked it...it is only 7,000 won....about $4.50....but that is normal price for one.....Dom had a coupon for half on two....sweet....he treated me, but it was really only about a $2.30....for an all day relaxation spa....so sweet man...Well afterwards...we had the munchies....your body is all dehydrated and stuff....so we got a drink, a bunch of these funky lil eggs (they are cooked different....kind of taste like rubber....but somehow they were better this time than before....are my tastebuds changing?).....if you think I got ice cream you should be ashamed of yourself....man....im not Sosi....lol (i have to admit it was tempting though)

Note to self though.....dont go to a bath house in the morning or afternoon....i was so tired, I crashed out for 2.5 hours before the Jinsoo bible study at 5pm....man i was toast....when I woke up, I had two more eggs, a lil can of soda, and i was good! awesome day! thanks again Dominick!

1 Month Anniversary....and another departure....

Praise the Lord! Its been one whole month since the day we came here....man it is flying! SOOOO Fast....

Well we had a guys night out to celebrate, but also to say bye to Eugene...he is heading off to Busan (South Eastern city on the coast) for school...we'll really miss this guy....he always would hang out and show us around, translating and messing around with us...

Petah joined us too! all da boyz.....Eugene, Sosimo, Peter, me!

Well after we chubbed out at a new buffet place we found.....we decided to watch a movie...they have these places in Korea called DVD rooms....and it looks like a chill blockbuster....like movies and stuff around the first room, you pick one out, go to the register, but instead of taking it home....you rent a room (really only pay for the room)...and watch it there....man it was sweet...

The room was actually pretty big (the biggest in the place....there were probably about 10 rooms), with room for about 6-7 people....and the sound and video screen were awesome...about 16 bucks total....we just split the cost....
Afterwards we said our goodbyes to Eugene....prayed for him and sent him out....Sosi might see him again, as he will be going to Fukuoka in mainland Japan to renew his VISA...he is going to take a train to Busan (where Eugene is), probably hang out for a bit with him, and then go to Fukuoka for a day, come back and be settled.....

Me on the otherhand....its decided I'm going back to Okinawa....for about 9 days i think...Hakugaijin is releases the CD we recorded in May, and they wanted me to come and help....mostly with like 5 or 6 concerts that we are going to have....pretty sweet....

It will be good to say Hi to everyone again....just pray for God's provision as always, that God would also bless the Worship Conference they are going to have there.....oh and all the people left here to take care of all the things I help with....alright....long one but important blog....peace!

Lunch with some friends....

Well Do-Hyung (homie on the right) wanted to take us out to lunch, and show us one of his favorite Chinese restaurants....we had some great noodles in like a dark stew...pretty good..

Do Hyung....or Dominick...is a pretty cool guy. He is Mike's besto friendo, and he got back from a trip to China (for one year), and wants to become a Chinese language teacher....pretty interesting...

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there we go....we call him "Batman" because he usually is "too tough" to smile or anything....lol

mmm.....noodles....i look like a lumberjack....yes I know....(Thanks Liz Barrios....everytime I wear this shirt now I think of that....lol)

Friday, February 27, 2009

Meet Joseph...

Sorry....couldnt find this guy to take a picture with him....but this is Joseph...he has been coming to the Jinsoo Bible Studies and to the church every service, but about a week ago after M.E.L.T., he accepted the Lord!



What happened is that he wanted to talk to me after MELT, as we were walking to McDonalds for an ice cream (of course huh?)...well he asked me how i played guitar so well...I told him that it was a gift from God. He asked how I got the gift, and I told him I asked for it, and when God gives gifts, they are good gifts, just like salvation. He wanted to know more, and he wanted to hear "my story" or testimony...so we talked for about 30 minutes....and I shared with him the Gospel, and at the end, I opened it up for him to ask God into his life....(this is the funny part)He said that he thought it was a bad place to talk to God...we were sitting, talking, eating at McDonalds around a bunch of people at lunch hour....lol

I told him that God is everywhere, and He can hear and answer prayers anywhere...He was kind of shocked...lol But I asked him more questions, and eventually asked him again, and he said "I'm not worried about the people around me, I want to pray to God"....sweet huh? God is faithful! He uses foolish people like me to share about Him, and He used McDonalds to be the place where Joseph accepted Him, not some super huge church with the lights dimmed and the candles lit, no pastor or confession box....just a line of people ready for a Big Mac and a couple friends chowing on some fries and ice cream....lol

Well pray for this dude....he is the same age as me, kinda cool...I will soon be teaching a Bible study on Saturday, focusing on foundations and new believers...pray that God would disciple this guy, and the rest that God will bless and add to His church! Praise the Lord!

Last Night with Elizabeth

Well alot of the students here in Korea are starting their spring semester in College, so a lot of them are shipping out, going to different cities....Busan, Seoul, etc...one of our friends from Jinsoo, Elizabeth, was heading out to school, and she wanted Sosi and I to come over for dinner....its her mom's restaurant....called Acorn House

This food was pretty awesome....she pulled out all the stops too...this is a chicken dinner that is boiled in a soup....mmm...when we got there....it was already waiting for us...

Here is Elizabeth serving us some acorn dish....didnt catch the name....but it reminded me of japanese okonomiyaki.....like a thin pancake (but made of smashed acorns) with vegetables and stuff inside....

The biggest flavor and part of the chicken soup broth were these.....thorn branches.....its supposed to be an herb that is very good for your health....

This was the meal we had.....on the left side.....2nd down....umnamu bagsug....mmm....she blessed us big time....Mike was telling us it is a special dinner....it was probably around 25 for us all....thanks so much Elizabeth! We will miss hanging out with you!

Popeyes....mmm....

Talk about double chubs.....man this was a chubs lunch....
lol Looks like I caught them doing something really bad.....lol

Just a little taste of home....it was great....I do love the food here, so much....but sometimes its good to get that piece of America...thanks Mike! oh....the only bad thing about popeyes in Korea (mom....you'll know...lol) is that they didnt have red beans and rice, or honey for the biscuits....otherwise same amazing tasting chicken....spicy is the best!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

201st Blog!

Wow...200 blogs.....this is about 200 blogs in about 2 years...pretty good. Hopefully I'll get better at seeing things that God wants me to show all you guys out there, wherever you are...In one of my last posts, I wrote that our "God is a God of detail". I have been thinking about that lately...Our God cares so much about every single detail of our lives, about the things that surround, He truly is amazing. I desire to not be so ignorant of those things. I felt kind of convicted, sometimes I want to ignore people, because I might feel they are boring, they make me feel uncomfortable, or I dont know what to say to them (sorry......just telling the truth....). But God created them that way, He loves every minuscule piece of us....He designed it, He cares for every molecule, every cell, every feeling.....man God blows my mind.

Anyways....if any of you are feeling down and out.....know that the God of the universe holds you (and literally holds your pieces together....lol), and loves you so deeply, that He sent His own Son, Jesus Christ the GODMAN....to show you how much He cares.

Thanks for those who pay attention to this blog....200 strong now.....please stay tuned.....keep up those comments, I am so blessed for each one! Praying for all ya'll!

*let it snow* day 2

The next morning after the snow ball fight....i went out to take some video of what was left....not much but still cool....
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Well we headed over to Mike's apartment to hang out with him and his daughter Jeena....but then it started to snow AGAIN! It was supposed to stop....YAY for US!

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Well Sosi got me back from yesterday....lol good hit man...
no wonder why he told me to take a video...

ahhh.....praise the Lord for snow!

Monday, February 23, 2009

*let it snow*.....*let it snow*.....*let it snow*

Well God answered Sosi's and my prayers for snow....it snowed in Daejeon for about a full day....not much stuck to the ground.....but check it out....

This is the little park next to our apartment....pretty sweet huh?

ahhh.....reminds me of the lone lamp in Narnia....with a park bench....lol

Yes we had to ruin this slides snow....
Sosimo....notice the snow on the lense....^^ me and the lone light....

goob and the goober....

dude i love this picture....not the greatest quality....but can you notice the individual snow flakes....sooo sweet.....our God is a God of details huh?

oh man....blackmail picture or what...yes sosi had to make a snow angel....

thats a big angel.....no wonder why in the Bible when there were angels shown to the people.....the were always "Greatly afraid"....haha just kidding buddy....

check the video....
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Well that is what started the "SNOW WAR OF DAEJEON"....no pictures afterward....too gruesome to show to the public.....all i can say is....i survived.....i cant tell you what happened to Sosimo....jk

Good times in Daejeon!

Grace's Bday

Hey hey....well Grace....the girl that plays piano for me on Sunday nights at CC Daejeon had her 25th Birthday....well 26th birthday in Korea....they count different....mostly because they follow the Chinese New year calendar....

We all went to Coffee Bean and got her a cake and a drink to celebrate...it was funny....she didnt expect the loud Americans to embarrass her by singing loud enough for the whole place to hear....haha....hope you had a blessed day! May God's grace be on you Grace!
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Some pocketball....


Well Eugene here.....he wanted to hang out for lunch and some fun on a free day....so we all went out for some pocketball (not called pool...we actually had to find a special place.....most places have a different game that I'll have to describe later)....Mike, Eugene, Sosi, and I went and paid for some pool....only about 6 dollars an hour....pretty good...3n1 (if you dont know.....Father, Son, Holy Spirit all in 1)

So you play this game a little different....you actually deal 7 cards from a deck of cards.....whatever you get you have to hit in....the trick is that if you hit in your cards.....someone else might have them too, and you'll help them win. Tricky tricky!

Valentines Day Gifts

Well we do live in Asia....and I think in most of asia they celebrate Valentines day a lil different...usually the girls buy for the guys....YAY! But.....there is a catch....there is another day, a month later called "White Day" where the home boys gotta buy stuff for the girls....

Here are the gifts I got from some of the girls from Jinsoo (that have been coming to the Bible study)....homemade chocolates with my name on it (thanks Elizabeth)...some chocolates from Sung Gyeung, a big milk chocolate bar from Jeong A, and a tirmasu cake from Gyuri....mmm....i havent eaten it all yet....just to let you know....

Mike and Hye-young gave us a big basket of stuff too.....mmm...bad picture sorry....couldnt get a good one from the front....sosi already grubbin down on the stuff....

well we will have to do something nice for everyone around White day.....maybe make the whole group something speciall......we dont know yet.....

Peace Village Orphanage

Every Saturday at 2pm we head over to the other side of town and help Mike with teaching English to orphanage kids....most of them are a little older (junior high, High school, even some college students). Its been fun, we always teach english, but we always have snacks and games too...

I havent gotten a picture yet.....but we usually play with the younger kids outside before we go in (while Mike is teaching what he has to).....we usually play soccer or some volleyball....this week....we played war......found some sticks, pretended they were guns or swords.....it was awesome...used the balls for grenades....lol good times....

PC Cafe

Well i found my relax place....a place where i can go....spend a dollar, and play some video games....ahhh....There is this cool place to play some shootem' up games. Its super cheap, and I have gotten to know the owner....talked to him a little bit...

Maybe you can see him....hes the guy right there in the brown....His name is Hong and he has a green card for the US....he lived there for some Chemistry job, but he is retired here. He speaks pretty good english, and has been setting me up even though I am a foreigner. He asked me what I was doing here....and i told him im a missionary...he started to ask me more, but he got busy....hopefully God will open more opportunities to share about Him.


Thursday Night Bible Study

Well we started a new study on Thursday night. Mike just told us to take care of it, he'll just help with powerpoint and stuff....so Sosi is teaching and I lead worship. I leave in the middle of service to help with some kids, but it is a great study so far. Most of the Jinsoo people that come Friday and Sunday night attend.

Please pray for people to come and hear the Word of God from the book of Genesis!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Our Apartment...

I wanted to give you a peek of our new apartment and stuff....this is the bigger room that we got, it will be used for studying and such....before we got situated...

Here is a video of the new and improved house of Sosi and Daniel....lol

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Thanks for you faithful bloggers! Please continue to pray that this house would be used for God glory! We desire to share the love of Christ with these college guys and the landlady that are in the same building....God bless these people!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Wednesday....

(Just for Joel!) MORE FOOD.....we are fat, we like food, i post pictures of food in almost every blog....sorry everyone, dont get grossed out, i just really like the food here.....lol

Today we had nothing to do in the morning, but we went out for a special lunch with the Loudermilk's, to a place called Bennigan's....they are like one of the only American style restaurants in the area....so its a little more expensive, but it thats why it was special....

Well I dont feel all sad now about my parents that went to Disneyland and had Monte Cristo sandwiches at the Blue Bayou (Traitors....nah im jk)....they sold them here and we all got it....mmm....jelly on a fried ham and cheese sandwich....man im fat....lol oh and they had strawberry lemonade (like Red Robins) mmm....

Finally.....i felt so gross lately, my hair was so long.....i got a haircut....Mike's wife wasnt doing anything and helped me get a Korean haircut...i really like it, but i didnt have any gel or anything so i got some hair juice to make it the way they did when i left....

I love asian culture....no tipping....ahh......and also they wash your hair for free...and give your head a massage....i dont ever remember getting service like that for only 8 bucks....sweet huh? oh and i got some contacts.....so i dun have to wear my glasses constantly....thats cool too...


My Korean Name...

Well we were hanging out with the students on one Friday night and we were talking about English names for some of the Korean students (because they want one.....and its easier to remember....lol), but then they turned it on us, and said that we should have a Korean name. lol

They said that my name would be Won Bin, a famous (supposedly heart throb....lol jk) movie actor....i like it because it is easy....lol funny huh? When we were shopping for the Wii we saw his picture advertising the Wii....funny

Wii....

Well Mike wanted to do something with the Jinsoo students after Friday night Bible Study, instead of always going out, wasting money, especially if the students dont have any....so we are going to now stay at the church and play some Wii....we went out with Mike and got one at the store....we want to be able to connect with people through games, competition, and chilling with them, in hopes to get closer to them, in hopes to share the gospel or to guide them to Jesus! Keep us in prayer here!

M.E.L.T.

Well these are some pictures from the M.E.L.T. we did yesterday....we meet at CC Daejeon at 1pm, and have the Jinsoo students over for a mostly English study and conversation class. We plan to have some high school students come too, we are actually right next to a girls high school, we so will probably do two MELT's back to back, 12-2pm....

We had a good amount of students, about 15-20 people.....we had passed out about 400 flyers to students at Jinsoo English Institute...sweet...

We dont just teach English, but we bless them with a free bowl of ramyen....mmm....

We teach a bunch of different things....like a dialogue or a short skit with new words and expressions, and then we explain idioms or expressions that are in the dialogue, some comprehension questions, and then my favorite....Words of Life.....which is a scripture that relates to the skit, or something to show them the Love of the Lord.

These guys rockin some ramyen....mmm

Here is a video of the students doing the dialogue...

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Almost Mexican Lunch...

For lunch the other day, the Loudermilk's took us to the big Galleria mall right next to the church for lunch....they have a really great place that sells sweet burrito things...

Mmm....Mike says this is the closest to a mexican style of food they have here.....they cut up the meat like "al pastor" in mexico, like a street torta place....mmm.....but it was marinated chicken...
This was like a turkish place, so they had like Aladdin hats....we asked if we could wear them...we rock it...(homie in the back is thinking....."what the heck?!?!?!"
ahhh....sweet lil jeena....