Keeping Busy (Guest Post by Adam Palmer)

So, quick rundown of the last week in the lives of Adam and Rizobetto Palmer.

First a little shameless self-promotion…we got our first (and soon second) song up on itunes.  We have been working way too hard on recording and mixing, but it has turned out quite well.

Sunday we played at an annual music festival in front a couple hundred people, and since then have made connections with at least 4 or 5 people, a couple of which expressed interest in recording with/for us (fingers crossed)

In passing yesterday, one of Lizbet’s friends mentioned that she grew up with a personally knows both Steven Curtis Chapman and Michael W. Smith…and knows them well enough to get them a demo of some of the praise songs I have been writing.

A local news station wants to do segment on a violin and piano that (if I am correct) survived the atomic bomb, and would like for Lizbet to play the violin for it.

The president of the school has asked me to run a weekly bible study for both staff and interested students, as there aren’t many means here for them to learn apologetics, biblical history, or even the proper method of understanding and applying the bible.

And on top of all of that, Lizbet and I met a new couple who just moved to Japan and were able to invite them to church last week…and I was able to invite one of the women we play music with a lot to come to church this Sunday (fingers crossed again).

It’s almost as though God is saying “alright, you want something to do, some purpose and passion to pursue, here are a handful of options, take your pick!”.  We have truly had a string of blessing beyond belief (most recently a washing machine), and our request would simply be prayer for wisdom in which options to pursue, which to pass on, and how we can most intentionally witness to those around us.

Upgrades (Guest Post by Adam Palmer)

The great thing about getting married is that your friends and family make sure that you get most, if not all the essential things you need to start a home together.  The terrible thing about moving to the other side of the world six months later is that you only get two suitcases each.  The incredible thing about God is that He makes sure you still get what you need and more.

As Lizbet began to talk about earlier, Alex Mejia, a man at our church, works for the UN, and was recently relocated to Geneva.  He had been trying for years to get this post, but despite being the best qualified for the position, he was denied.  However, this year he finally got the job and left in late July to prepare, leaving his wife and three daughters to clear out the apartment here, a daunting task to say the least.  Lizbet offered to help but ended up busy with work, so I went to help this past weekend.  Long story short, Mrs. Mejia couldn’t take much with her but clothes, and God used her to bless us with an incredible amount of free stuff.

– 12 piece dining set, with plates, glasses, mugs, saucers and bowls

– tons of various kitchen utensils, bowl, colanders, and a pantry full of food and frozen goods

– a printer

– a few shelves and a dresser

– two large rugs

I could go on, but let’s be honest, we all prefer pictures

There are definitely challenges ahead, but God has left us with no reason whatsoever to doubt that He is here helpings us, blessing us, and providing for us.

PS (From Lizbet) I came home to a ton of stuff in the freezer, including snails (????) which I have no idea how to cook.  If anyone has any experience with them please let me know, I’d love ideas and advice. Thanks!

Continued blessings

The longer we live in Japan, the more we discover that bureaucracy  (I may have had to retry that word a few times before it was spelled right…) reigns supreme.  Fun example… I finally got my resident’s card at the beginning of this week.  The school brought in some people from one of the local cellphone companies to talk with me about getting a phone/wireless.  After a lengthy discussion in which we managed to figure out which plan would work best and cost less, we discovered that because I had not yet opened a bank account, I would not be able to sign up for a phone contract.  The other option (which we’ll probably end up doing Friday) is to bike 40+ minutes to their store and swipe the credit card as verification.

That afternoon I decided to leave work early to go ahead and open up a bank account (the banks close at five, so my window of opportunity was small).  We managed to get to the bank on time, we filled out the application and everything.  There was only one problem.  We can’t open a bank account without a phone.  So no phone, no bank account.

It’s definitely not the end of the world.  We’ll be able to get it sorted out once we go to the store, things just seem to take a lot longer to do here which can be a bit frustrating.  On the upside, though, God has continued to show us His goodness.

A family at church is leaving the country on Tuesday and they’re willing to give us quite a few household items which will make our apartment a little less bare/more liveable.  I’m sad that they’re leaving, they’re quite wonderful folks, but we are definitely grateful for the various shelves, kitchenware, and food that they’re passing on!

Below I’m including pictures from a neighborhood festival we went to a few weeks ago.  It’s based off of beautiful, red lantern-like flowers.  There was even a “Red Lantern Man” (distant cousin to his green counterpart, I believe).