Sunday, February 21, 2016

SLOPPY JOES and ROUNDERS

So it appears that I manage to post about once a month. Since last month we have stayed busy with the usual activities in addition to many more visits with the local members, teaching appointments and great random contacts in the community. Two weeks ago we were "babysitting" the Enterprise Sisters apartment while repairs were being done. The property manager lives across the street and I had a great opportunity to discuss the church and missionaries with her. She and I both laughed and wondered why the sisters don't open their windows for air and yet complain about it being an oven! This week we were in the mall making a purchase and we weren't sure which store to choose. We ended up in a store when the operator recognized our name tags as missionaries for the Church. He had had one lesson already and another scheduled. He had some questions, we had answers, and we think he was much more interested in learning more. One of our teaching appointments was with a woman who had many lessons but not progressing. Just before we started, she told the missionary she didn't want to talk about going to Church. And he agreed. Shortly into the lesson a neighbor came by that she knew but we did not. She greeted us as members would and proceeded to bear witness to our investigator of the very principle of attending Church and her experience. She is a member that we don't know who attends another Branch. She has known the woman for years. This neighbor told the missionaries she was willing to friendship and attend church with our investigator which she did. After the neighbor left our investigator was in tears and she said she knew it was not a coincidence but the Holy Ghost. She came to Church and committed to baptism. It was very powerful. our goal is to get the neighbor member to come back to our branch. Every week we seem to have another less active come back to Church. It may not be regularly yet but the want to change. Familiar and cultural environments make this a challenge for them. The young missionaries here in Black Rock are on fire and doing great work. We have had great experiences with the other Barbados missionaries too and love it when we can be with them also. Once again we have just finished apartment inspections. We have finally cleaned out the apartments of all the junk including clothing and shoes left behind by missionaries. Many people have benefited from the donations. This week we will Be cooking for zone lunch again. Thanks to all our friends who have contributed recipes. I have big regrets for not bringing my recipes with me. Both for the two of us and for crowds. Don't hesitate to send me any of yours that are extra yummy. Last Saturday we held a Missionary sponsored Branch outdoor social. Our branch mission leader requested sloppy joes!! It's not what I would have chosen and maybe not all the members were excited by it. But everyone likes to eat and there was tons of food and afterwards there was a game of Rounders- men against women. The men just barely won at the end just before dark. We had quite a few investigators attend and some stayed after dark to hang out with us. Everyone felt it was a great successful activity and some members commented that this is what it used to be like. We have both spoke in church twice now which really shouldn't surprise me, but.... Speaking of church- today was Branch Conference and our Branch Pres was released. He and his wife recently had the blessing of traveling to Canada to be sealed in the temple. We have VERY FEW active priesthood members so Glen was sustained as acting branch leader (not president) with the hope it will be short term. Our missionary district leader is called to be an assistant to Glen. obviously our time commitments will change a bit but we are still foremost missionaries. so that means we need to work harder with our less actives to prepare the Branch to have their own in leadership. on Feb 1 we moved into our new apartment. It really is more like an American townhouse. a gated community. Because we we looking for an apartment at the worst time of year there were very few choices. I feel a little guilty living so well here, but Glen doesn't. He loves the gym and pool facilities. And a place to wash our truck. We are now much closer to the Branch which is good since we are there at least 6 times a week. The downside is we no longer have a view of the ocean and the beach is further away. Our humanitarian missionary couple has arrived and living in our old apartment. Part of his duties will be as mission secretary and she will be in charge all the apartment in the entire mission And then their humanitarian duties. Our mission is desperately in need of senior couples. Especially French speaking. You must be in good health to come here. So spread the word. It was so great to celebrate both grandaughter's birthdays this month. Although Skype isn't quite as good as being there. We thank our families for their support while we serve and share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the members and people of Barbados.

1 comment:

  1. Good morning how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because trough them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately it’s impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Barbados? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Barbados in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Avenida Juan de la Cierva, 44
    28902 Getafe (Madrid)
    Spain

    If you wish, you can visit my blog www.cartasenmibuzon.blogspot.com where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez

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