August 28, 2017
This was a fun week. I was able to take a little bit of time to say goodbye to so many people. I also got to get to know my new companion who is very excited and a lot of fun!
I was so very very thankful to be able to stay until the end of the week to see Eduardo´s baptism!!! What a blessing! He kept expressing how important that day was to him, and how truly excited he was! He thanked us for our "beautiful words" that had helped him to the point of baptism. I told him that it had just been the spirit that he had felt, and that one day he would say the same "beautiful words"! (he wants to serve a mission) He invited an aunt and a good friend to come and watch. Lohan and Gabryel also gave wonderful little testimonies at the baptism. I told Gabryel that the next time it will be his turn to do the baptizing! He told me that he is actually going to another state to work and earn money for his mission. He has 10 more months to wait. I asked him about his girlfriend, and he sighed and said with determination, "I just consider these next 10 months as a part of my mission". He has been one of the biggest examples of faith in my life!
Off to a new area with a new companion. Makayla is now serving in Rondônia, Porto Velho (Old Port)
We had the funnest time in the airport and on the plane, haha. We tried to by Pizza Hut which ended up being like really expenssive finger food #americanfood #foreignairport. It was a quick, one hour plane ride and we had some good airplane fruit snacks, haha.
I don´t have any pictures yet because I need to transfer the pictures on my memory card to my jumpdrive to take more. Yet, I will just say that I feel a little bit like I am on Mars! There is like a thin layer of red dust on everything, haha. Unlike Manaus, it is totally flat, and so all of the streets look the same. Also there are less trees/jungle.
Lending words of comfort...
I am super duper excited to give it my all in this last area, in these last two transfers. My companion is a go-getter and so I just know that we will be able to get some good work done.
Yesterday and today we had two interesting experiences. we were walking back home when we stopped to contact a girl who was sitting on the curb with a backpack. My companion said, "Hello, how are you," and she started to cry. We sat down next to her, and with a little bit of polite prodding we learned her story. She told us that she had just seperated from her husband (or ran from him). She said that they had been together for two years, and she is only 15 years old. Her parents live on the other side of the city, and it looks like she left her contact with them when she got together with this guy. We offered our phone and a little money, but thankfully a friend of hers passed by on his motorcylce and was able to give her a ride. We weren´t able to help her in many ways but I was thankful that we were able to appear as comfort in that moment. Today we were leaving our house when we ran into a little boy who was crying because his mom left the house, and he got left behind. Thankfully his dad soon got home! It was another instance when we weren´t able to do much other than be of comfort in a moment of need. I was also so happy to be able to clearly understand the situation :)
No other time in our lives would we simply set out each day with a single mind set to seek those in need, offer hope, and share a messege of joy. How a mission must shape ones heart for a significant better!
love you all, have the most wonderful week!