Monday, February 9, 2015

More Excitement In Tainan

  Well it's been a pretty cold week here in Tainan. The wind is really blowing hard, and the skies have been pretty overcast. It's not too bad during the day with my rain coat on, but riding home at night is the worst! I'm not going to complain too much though, because I'll probably miss the cold when it's the middle of the summer and everyday my clothes are completely soaked with sweat haha.

  This week was pretty good. The majority of our lessons got cancelled though so that was sad. On Friday, we had 3 lessons in a row cancel or just not show up. So we just had to go out and tract for the rest of the night. It was a pretty rough time though, and people would hang up (they always have the doorbell speaker things) on us when we said we were missionaries. But as in all miracle stories, we came to the last door on the street and met a really nice man named R... I didn't even have a chance to introduce myself before he said he wanted to go down to the Family Mart down the street and meet with us! He has some family who live in Utah, and are LDS (I think) and he goes back there occasionally. He recently has been having lots of trials and has been looking for answers. He just jumped straight to having us teach him from the scriptures and asking us lots of questions. He had a big exam to take this past weekend, but he wants to meet next weekend and I hope there could be some real promise with him!
 
  On Saturday, another 5 lessons cancelled on us, but on Sunday things were made up,  and F... agreed to be baptized on the 28th of February! He completely changed after seeing D..., a fellow Filipino, be baptized. He was originally really afraid of the flack he would get from his family and friends, but after seeing D...'s faith, he had a strong desire to do it! He still has a few issues to resolve, but he is really excited to be baptized as soon as he can!
 
  Some interesting events of this week, last pday we went to another chidaobao in honor of D... (a really cool member) returning for a while from Dang Bing (mandatory military service). For those of you who don't know, chidaobao means "eat until full". chi=eat dao=to bao=full. So it's a chinese version of an all you can eat buffet. This one was a huoguo (hot pot) so we had little pots of boiling water that we would put anything we wanted in to cook. There is tons of stuff to eat! Some interesting stuff was mini octopus, which is really chewy, but not very flavorful. They also have little bricks of rice soaked in pigs blood that are.. not the best. I didn't know what is was but one of the natives said it was good so I ate it. It's not good. And neither is pidan. The thousand year old egg! It's a super famous Taiwanese food that is really really disgusting. It's an egg soaked in a bunch of weird stuff so it looks blue and green. It's fills your mouth and nose with an aroma similar to formaldehyde. I think baloot was actually better haha.
 
  Well that's about it for the week. I'm still hangin in there. I love you all very much and hope you have an awesome week!
Love,
Andrew
  

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