[Email dated 12.9.13]
So this week was good. Shout out to Eva for the weirdest package I have ever gotten in my life. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with animal food, what am I even supposed to do with that? But yeah, anyways, looks like Christmas is coming up pretty fast so everyone get ready! (still no word on what is going to happen for the call though) [missionaries get to call home on Mother’s Day and Christmas].
This week we did some service helping out this family who is building a house, but I don't think they really thought it through very well. First of all, they knocked down their old house before even having the stuff ready to be able to put the new one up. Then, they had moved a pile of bricks into their backyard and decided that they had to move it like 20 feet in another direction. Let's just say that it is a lot of work to move a gigantic pile of bricks 20 feet....a lot of work that really would have been a lot easier to have just done the first time. But yeah, luckily we're 4 missionaries now so we got a lot done but that is really going to be a project for them, since we can only help them with for a limited amount of time a week. So, the moral of the story is that when you tear down your old house, make sure you have a new one all ready to go. They've been without a house for like a week now....
The area I’m in now has been a much slower area. It's just been a little bit harder to get people to progress. I think it may relate to the fact that there are a lot of people that only make money on Sundays and the town itself was founded by the Adventist church, so there is a very strong base of Adventists. We are always finding people but usually they just can't, or don't want to progress. It makes it a little tough. But then this week, all of a sudden we've got a couple of families that really look like they're going to progress.
One afternoon, we were looking for a guy that we had talked to in the street the other day and when we got to the house, it turns out that he is only actually there really late at night, and the people who were there didn't really have much desire to talk to us. We did, however, ask them if they knew anyone who was passing through a tough time. They told us right away, “Yeah! There's a family over there.” So we went to go and find them. We met just the dad that day, but he was awesome. Then we met the wife the next time and after that the kids, and all of them are awesome and it can just be seen that they are really a prepared family.
The Lord really guided us to be able to find him and just looking back at how we actually got to find them, the Lord had to have had it all planned out…let’s just say it involved a power outage and a thought that just happened to come to the mind of some random person in the street. It's really a long story, but the Lord has a plan for everyone and he really has his hand in our lives in every moment. He knows exactly what we need and exactly when we need it. He will never leave us alone. I know that this is his work and that I am really lucky to just be a part of it.
I still can't believe it's already been 13 months....
Love you guys, have a great week. Hopefully next week I'll know about the call....
PS: I will absolutely be at the wedding!! I got the invitation....just don't ask me to say anything....I'll be a little shy..... [His older brother is getting married at the end of the month. “Flat Tyler” will be making an appearance…more to follow]