HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone has been having a good Christmas break. I can barely believe that a year ago I was sitting at the gemeente Uitkijk church computer emailing family back home. New Years is HUGE in Suriname. When I say huge, I mean it seems like the entire city shuts down just to welcome in the New Year with tones of fireworks! People have been lighting off fireworks since Christmas, and they haven't stopped yet. They get so bad on New Years that the mission asked everyone to be in three hours early. Thanks to ear plugs though I was still able to get a good nights sleep ;)
I've also got some exciting news! Me and Elder Fleming are getting a third companion, and he's from Suriname. I FINALLY HAVE A NATIVE SPEAKING COMPANION!!! His name is Elder DeSeil. He got his mission call to the Belgium/Netherlands mission, but does not yet have a visa to the Netherlands, so he'll be starting his mission here in Suriname. I'm super stoked to get a native speaking companion.
In terms of the work, Stephen came to church again! He looks so happy at church, and really enjoys coming. He'll keep working until school starts, so we'll start meeting with him again sometime this week to set another baptismal date. We've been teaching his sister Luciel, who has been reading the Book of Mormon like crazy, and remembers everything that we teach her (for a missionary, that is very convenient).
We lost contact with a lot of investigators with the busyness that the Christmas/New Years season brings, so this week we have a lot of following up to do so see who will still progress. The Wanica missionaries also had the chance to help the branch in a service project this week, painting a school down in Lelydorp. It's always great doing service with the members.
I read an awesome scripture this morning in 2 Nephi 25:27-28.
I love how it talks about "life that is in Christ". That helps us understand the difference between living Christ's gospel and not having the gospel in our lives. Living Christ's gospel always helps us progress towards meeting our Heavenly Fahter, so to say "life that is in Christ". By reflecting on the past year, we can see what things we can improve this following year, to see how we can better walk in the light of Christ. Happy New Year! Have a great week!
Ik hou van jullie!!!
|the Wanica Missionaries painting a school|
|loves to SERVE|
|Walking after rain storm|