One of those times not fully understanding the Japanese language class is a problem – On the last day of class before our 3 week summer vacation we both understood the teacher explaining that we would have a language placement test on our first day back. After spending the last three weeks anxiously anticipating this exam- studying, meeting with my tutor, and most of all just worry about the test we returned to school today to discover we didn’t have to TAKE the test today but just REGISTER for the test….which we will take…in December! Well at least we were motivated to keep up our language study during our break!
Other than worrying about this placement test our break was filled with enjoying our first Japanese summer. August is known in Japan for being incredibly hot and having a lot of holidays and festivals.
We had lots of opportunities to spend time with the missionary kids living right in our city. One high school student was even able to spend a whole week at our house before heading off to boarding school.
We were also able to escape the Nagoya heat for a long weekend and enjoyed travelling to other cities in Japan with some missionary friends and families.
August was also slow for CBI – There were no classes at the seminary and most students (who hang out in the cafe) were home for their summer vacation. We took the opportunity to close the cafe for business and work on some renovations. The cafe now has new hardwood floors and a chalkboard wall. It will also soon have a permanent section for babies and toddlers.
Our friend Yukako (a seminary student here and cafe worker) and her father took us to our first Nagoya Dragon’s baseball game. We are so excited to be back in a city with a professional baseball team!
This month during our break from Japanese class we were able to teach an English class for nursing students at a local university. We loved getting to know the students and hearing about their passions and desire to better Japan’s medical system. Please pray that these relationships can continue that the class is over – we would love for them to come to events at the Heart and Soul Cafe!
Also in August we were able to celebrate Brooks’ 27th birthday! Making Brooks’ traditional birthday “dumpcake” was slightly more complicated this year trying to use Japanese ingredients but we were mostly successful and enjoyed celebrating Brooks’ life with our good friends and teammates.