It’s Monday morning, and we are getting ready to go out and go bowling. I thought that based off my experience from last week, I would just crank this out and send it now. 🙂
Speaking of last week. Sorry about that haha. Moral of the story is never try to do anything important at 11:30 at night.
This week was seriously such a good week!
I sent some pictures last week of us searching through some documents, but I don’t think I explained it very well. So. Our investigator named Marilia. She and her husband want to get baptized, but to get baptized they need to get married, and to get married she needs a birth certificate. And her birth certificate DOESNT EXIST. Her dad had it in a brief case but the brief case got stolen. She went to the register a couple of times, they couldn’t find anything, she even bribed some people to look and there was NOTHING! NO RECORD OF HER AT ALL WHATSOEVER. So. we decided to go to her high school, because to register for high school you need a birth certificate. Only problem is, after 2 years, they just throw all of these important documents into a huge room that they call the archives. So we went there, looking for 3 hours through LOADS of documents, nothing. It was a little discouraging. Like, we were praying a lot, trying to do something good and help someone keep a commandment and get baptized, so why didn’t God help us find it? Well, like 2 hours later, we got a call from her, saying she had an idea to go and check at another government place where she got her ID card. Most people get those with a cedulla (different document) so it really shouldn’t have worked but there they had her birth certificate on file! It was seriously such a miracle and a huge reminder that sometimes our prayers aren’t answered in the way we want them to be but they are always answered.
So, Tuesday we had a successful Staff Meeting! Every month we receive a budget report from the Africa South East Area that shows our budget and where we are at and what percentage we have spent and all of our transactions for the month in each budget category and stuff. So President Kretly had asked us to prepare a 5-8 minute presentation in Staff Meeting about our current status. So we made the presentation, showed what they had sent us and showed our own tracking system, and what our projected outcome was, and it went super well! We are 75% of the way through with the year and only 67% through with our budget! So, President was pretty happy, saying its the first year since he’s been here that we are on track to not finish over budget, it was awesome. Then we went out to the Chinese Restaurant to celebrate. That was super awesome! President was way excited with us and said we were never getting transferred. Elder Snelson, one of the senior couples, suggested that if we wanted to get transferred, we needed to finish over budget. Yaaaaay haha. 🙂
So the plan was, there were two new brazillian couples coming to our mission, but then their visas got rejected and they got reassigned to missions in Brazil. Everyone here was really sad, especially since one of the couples was supposed to fill our position as financial secretaries.
Well, we got a call from President Kretly at like 11 o clock at night this week, and he asked us to put it on speaker phone so us and the APs could hear. He said, “Elders, do you beleive in MIracles?” and we were like “yeaaaaaaaah” Because it was late and we were tired and then he was like “Elders, do you beleive in miracles?” And he was really excited so we said “Yeaaaah!” a little more excitedly and then he told us that the Couple’s visas were miraculously approved, that the brazillian consul had a complete change of heart and they would be coming! They get here TOMORROW. Still no word on if one of them will fill our position. It one of them is, they will need to be trained. Which would take another three months hahahahhahaha. So that is pretty cool!
District Meeting on friday was good. We talked all about the Baptismal Invite, and its importance and how to do it effectively and read some examples from the scriptures of when prophets gave the invite, (see Acts:22, 12-16. The way Ananias helps Paul see his leadership potential is EXACTLY what we need to do with our investigators here!) and yeah, it was a good meeting. The sisters in our district have had 2 families they have been teaching for a while now, that are already married but would not mark a baptismal date. They said this week was a miracle, they were able to mark a date within this transfer for BOTH of them! Super awesome.