So as tomorrow, things start to get very busy again for my final week here, today I did some preparation work for my Masters in the morning, ate a great Japanese lunch, and then went to visit two potential places that I could study Japanese long term this afternoon.
Which was productive.
First of all, I’m really stoked to be coming back to the UK in order to do the Biblical Interpretation module for my Masters. I know it’ll be challenging, but also know it’ll inspiring and stretching and just a time to grow in faith. I often feel very privileged to learn from lecturers so wise, and preparing for this week just started to get me thinking about how I’m excited to be getting some student time again. I have quite a bit to read and continue to prepare for these next two weeks, but in a good way! 🙂 I guess I also know that leaving Japan is going to be tough. Really tough I think. So it’s good to know my brain will be thrown straight into productive activity on UK soil!
Secondly, looking at some long term options for language study was exciting. Especially meeting some teachers and talking about how it could all work in practice. The first place I visited was the local community centre that has a fair amount of free or cheap lessons each day for a variety of Japanese levels. The second place was far more formal, as it’s the language school at the University here. But both provided some good options for everyday study. The more time I spend here, the more I realise just how big this mountain of a language learning journey is. And I love learning Japanese, and I love the gradual steps, but I also know myself. I need to be made to practice my speaking. I need to be set homework. I need to learn with others. And looking long term, I think it is seeming to make more and more sense to give some solid time to just learning the language for a few months in a pretty intensive way, so that my conversational ability can improve before I look at employment/further study type options.
Time wise, the community centre has lessons on a rolling programme all year round, the formal university term starts each April. Both would recommend signing up for 6 months in the short term and then taking it from there. So… Things continue to fall into place, and I continue to ask for your prayers. I just want to remain in the centre of God’s perfect will, and be faithful to His heart. So pray for open doors, protected steps and a pure heart that focuses on Him.
Finding these places today also involved getting out and about in the city, so on my travels I took some great shots of some of the beautiful views of this place.
I feel incredibly at home here. Incredibly.
That being said, from beginning to write this blog post till now, I have had over an hour on Skype with Rach and Lisa, and seeing those wonderful girls in person is one of the things that I am GREATLY looking forward too! Well done Lisa on the exam results. Well done Rach, just for being cool! 😉 We will soon Dores breakfast it with Becca once again!
Tomorrow I’m spending the day back in Kobe with an OMF prayer team that one of my dear friends is leading. I’m so excited to pray with these guys! Like, so excited!! The rest of my week involves taking 80 kids to a safari park, visiting Nara for another two days, and then coming back for church and the youth camp on Sunday… So I will be uploading blogs as and when the Internet connection allows, and making the most of this precious country while I can.
Thanks for your prayers.
I love Jesus. I love Japan. I am a happy lady right now!!