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Miss Mao who took me from Nagaoka city to Sanjo

Miss Mao who took me from Nagaoka city to Sanjo

January 25: Today in 4 cars I hitchhiked back to Niigata. The third driver would have taken me to Nagaoka train station, but because it was not too late, still 4PM with a hour of sunlight left, and because I would have had to wait 50 minutes at the train station for the next train, I decided to try to try to hitchhike a bit further. It was now the beginning of the rush hour, in spite of many cars on the road, nearly everybody was ignoring me. The ones who didn’t gave me a cross arm sign meaning, “NO!”. I always turn my eyes away from them when they do that and don’t take it personally. This is the only type of rejection I find no trouble to handle. :-)

The 20 minutes wait on snowy route 8 proved indeed to be worth it, for Miss Mao, a young lady in her 20s, took pity on me and turned around to pick me up! Miss Mao is one of those special people who I know God especially has His eyes on, for she has love for others, and she listened intently as I told her stories from the Bible.

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