Monday, July 4, 2016

Miracles in July

Enet, Wendy and Cindy after being confirmed on Sunday
This week has been a week of up and downs for sure!  I found out on Monday I would be flying to Brisbane, Australia to have my ears fixed at the end of the week.  I have had almost continual double ear infections for the last eight months.  I fly out today and if everything goes as planned, I will be back here in Vila on the 12th of July.  My doctor’s appointment is tomorrow, so please pray that things go well and that they can fix the problem quickly and completely.  On top of that, we had four exchanges we had to fit into one week as well as continue to help out investigators and our area progress.  It's been crazy, but God has taken every opportunity to teach me all He can and now that the week is finally over, I can say I am thankful for what I have learned.

An update on our investigators:  Flafi and Takame will be getting married this coming Saturday (July 9th) by Flafi's father who is flying in from Kiribati to perform the wedding.  Flafi has been taught by over four sets of missionaries and will be baptized the following Saturday (July 16).  It truly is a miracle that things have finally fallen into place for them to be married and Flafi to be baptized.  Hopefully Takame will be able to perform the baptism.  I can't wait! 

Sabrina is scheduled to be baptized on the 9th of July, this coming Saturday.  We taught her about a few of the commandments this week and she bore her testimony to us at the end.  She said she knew that she has a lot to change, but because she knows that what she is learning is true, she is willing to pay the price.  I love that girl so very much!!

Saturday night I flew into Vila and got to spend Saturday and Sunday with two of my favorite sistas in the whole wide world:  Sista Sellesin and Sista Norton!  When I got to their house, I jumped out of the car, threw open the door and gave Sista Sellesin a 5 minute hug haha!  I was so happy to see them again and these last two days have been a blast with them and being able to see all the people in my old ward and area.  Going to church on Sunday was just what I needed.  I have been really struggling because Banban is not as open to the gospel as the people in Ohlen, and even though I feel like I am working harder than ever I don't see a lot of results coming from our hard work.  Going to church on Sunday helped me remember how blessed I am to have had the chance to work with the people in Ohlen and how much the gospel continues to change the lives of those I had the privilege to teach.  It was also super exciting to see how many of the people I started to teach before I left have been baptized.  I even had the privilege to see Enet get confirmed.  We worked with her family for a long time to get them reactivated so that she could join the church with an active family at her side.  This past week it finally happened.  God is a God of miracles!!

I love what I am out here doing.  I love, love, love it!!  There are definitely hard times, but the Lord has a way of making things work out and making all the hard times worth it.  I love you all.  Have a great week.

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