Nara and Cooking Battle
After our day in Nara, we invited several of the students to spend the night at the church. Six of the male students agreed to stay, so Collin, Nate, Dan, and I had a sleepover with them. While we were all in our sleeping bags, we played the onion skin game, a game in which each person asks a question and then every other person answers that question. It's called the onion skin game because each question gets progressively deeper, just like the layers of an onion. Collin, Nate, Dan, and I tried to ask pointed questions. For example, Nate asked, "What is the most important thing in your life?" The students gave their various answers, but Collin, Nate, Dan, and I all answered, "God" and explained why. We talked about who God is and what He has done for us- why He's so precious to us. It was very easy to see the contrast between the students' answers and our answers. For the most part it seemed like the students understood what we were saying. The sleepover was great. There were a lot of laughs, and the guys on our team were able to form deeper bonds with the six students that came.
Because the students slept over at the church on Saturday night, they were able to come to Sunday service the next day. Not only did those six students come, but three other students came as well. After Sunday service, we had planned on hosting a cooking battle (iron chef competition) at the church. We didn't know how many students to expect. We thought that maybe 15-20 would show up, but about 40 students ended up coming! Praise God for so many opportunities to share the Gospel.