Wednesday, May 7, 2014

 Well, this is the only picture I took this week, apart from a whole bunch
of map pictures trying to find our way around Japan. So...this is
evidence that girls have lived in this apartment. Way gross. Didn't
want to go hunt out new garbage bags, so....I picked it out with
chopsticks...go Japan!
Hello my dearest friends and family. This week's email will be kind of
short. We spent a lot of time trying to figure skype time, didn't we
family? That was fun Winking face Sasuga the Yamauchi clan. Super busy, but
super awesome.
This week, I have grown a lot. Well, every day I do, but what I
learned this week can be summed up by saying this:
’Twas battered and scarred, and the auctioneer
Thought it scarcely worth his while
To waste much time on the old violin,
But held it up with a smile:
“What am I bidden, good folks,” he cried,
“Who’ll start the bidding for me?”
“A dollar, a dollar”; then, “Two!” “Only two?
Two dollars, and who’ll make it three?
Three dollars, once; three dollars, twice;
Going for three--” But no,
From the room, far back, a gray-haired man
Came forward and picked up the bow;
Then, wiping the dust from the old violin,
And tightening the loose strings,
He played a melody pure and sweet
As a caroling angel sings.
The music ceased, and the auctioneer,
With a voice that was quiet and low,
Said, “What am I bid for the old violin?”
And he held it up with the bow.
“A thousand dollars, and who’ll make it two?
Two thousand! And who’ll make it three?
Three thousand, once, three thousand, twice,
And going, and gone!” said he.
The people cheered, but some of them cried,
“We do not quite understand
What changed its worth.” Swift came the reply:
“The touch of a master’s hand.”
And many a man with life out of tune,
And battered and scarred with sin,
Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,
Much like the old violin.
A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine,
A game--and he travels on.
He’s “going” once, and “going” twice,
He’s “going” and almost “gone.”
But the Master comes, and the foolish crowd
Never can quite understand
The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought
By the touch of the Master’s hand.
Love you all tons and tons!!
I have an onegai for everyone (that means favor). Please, please,
please, in every prayer you offer, pray that Ryuuya kun will be
baptized on May 18. We could use your faith and prayers.

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