Oh my goodness, this last week we have been ALL OVER THE PLACE. We're trying to catch up on visiting everyone and getting things in order the way they are supposed to be. Elder Ort said his goodbyes to people he wanted to see and then I was with some other Elders until my new companion came in.
My new companion is Elder Voigt, and he is AWESOME! He's from Minnesota, and like me, he had to visa wait a little bit before he came into Suriname. It's fun serving with him though. He does cross country, wrestling, choir, and knows how to make a mean omelet haha. It's fun being a trainer though because the place that he is at is exactly where I was just months ago. He flu in Thursday so we've been able to work in the area after that. We're trying to go see everyone so that we don't fall behind scheduled baptismal dates, etc.
We've continued teaching Chandra. She's been dealing with some crazy things in her life, but it's awesome to see her turn to the Lord for strength. She talked to us yesterday about how she learned how prayer is so important to her now, and how she finds strength through prayers. That was awesome to hear. We'll hopefully start teaching her sister and son-in-law this next coming week as well. She's been telling others about what she's been learning which is awesome.
We're also teaching another investigator named Ritchelle. She's a referral from a member here, and the way we made contact with her was really cool. As we were visiting the member, he started talking about her and how he wanted us to teach her. Just as he started doing that, she showed up to his house. So we've exchanged information and are now teaching her. Cool way to find a new investigator. She's been really receptive to the Book of Mormon though. She wasn't able to make it to church this last week, but she said with General Conference coming up she'll be able to make it to one of the sessions.
I'm more than just excited to see General Conference this week. It's like missionary Christmas. You bring lists of questions to conference and watch them get answered one by one. I found a wonderful scripture about walking by faith in Hebrews 11:Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
I love to think about that word evidence. I think about the different miracles that happen by walking by faith, and how those can show evidence of the Lord's help in our lives. Even though we can't see the Lord's ministering angels or fully comprehend what the Lord's purposes are, we can have faith in not only promised blessings, but also in blessings we've seen in our own lives and in the lives of others.
We also were able to go to Bruinsberg again. It was an awesome trip. I'll send pictures. It was great to be in the jungle again ;). Have another great week!
Ik hou van jullie!!!
|My new companion Elder Voigt|
|This lake as two names. The Dutch name is the Van Bommenstein Reservoir and the Saranan Tongo name for it is Brokopondo (literally 'broken pond'). |
|Amazon Tree View|
|Amazing rock color and water fall|
|Josh in Jungle|
|Josh and the Amazon Huge Trees|