|Just loving missionary work by the Mekong River|
The work is super cool. In district meeting on Tuesday last week, the district leader committed us to pray for each of our investigators by name and by need EVERY TIME we pray. So we did that each time and we saw some pretty cool miracles.
|Mission selfy of the day|
1) We got 5 investigators at church! Remember the guy that didn't have mirrors or a helmet? This time, he brought a helmet, mirrors, his wife and a new investigator that lives with him (and just got back from Thailand, but had been taught by the missionaries before. So he knows everything and wants to get baptized).
|Big ol' beetle|
2) This week we were biking past a house where an old lady was chopping wood out front of her house. I biked up and was like, "Hey, do you want help?" and she was like, "No, that's ok!" But that did not faze Elder Slavens. He just walked up and was like, "Do you have another axe?" And they gave us one, so we just took over for like 30 minutes chopping firewood. Then when the pile of wood in front of us was all chopped up into small enough pieces, we were like, "Is there anything else we can help with?" and they just point across the street to this huge 30 foot-long stack of firewood. So we laughed and told them that we were teachers about Jesus Christ and asked them if we could come back. They said on Saturday at 11AM, yes, we could come back. (So usually in this situation, people tell us to come back at a later time so they have time to pack up their stuff and leave, haha--I'm only kind of joking). However, this was the week that we were just getting super down and dirty and detailed with our prayers, so we included them, and Saturday morning at 11AM, we did go back and they actually did let us teach them. And then they asked really good questions about prayer and God, and they told us we could go back tomorrow at 11 again. So I'm still praying really hard for them.
|District meeting potluck|
|District meeting still photo|
Every day when I look back at a hard day's work and look forward to doing it again the next day, it makes me more excited than I used to get for Christmas. I can't explain to you how much joy I get from putting in all my effort to change people's lives and then actually seeing it work through the power of God. I love this work and I am seriously dreading the day I have to go home. I mean not completely dreading it, but there are moments where I do.