This week has been very busy leading up to transfers. Also sad because I will be losing my companion who is awesome and we have had a blast together. And one of the sisters will be transferred who came out with me and I have served in two areas with. She is a hard worker and great missionary. So tough week, but that’s life.
On the upside we put on a really fun activity for our little branch. Starting with a lesson about the “Plan of Salvation” and then an activity that allowed you to personally judge yourself on how you were doing in different areas. How you judged yourself lead you to one of 3 doors. The best had bowls of candy and soda the second was less enticing and the 3rd. was dark with only a candle and note on the chalk board that said “Good Luck”. Each person, kids and adults, would pick a piece of paper stating something like “fasting” or “scripture study”, things like that. When one little 9 year old girl got “fasting” she showed her mom and apparently she never fasts so her mom said “you know where you need to be for that one” yep, door #3. After seeing that she was the only one for that round in that room one of the leaders came and turned the light on for her and stayed with her those few minutes until the next round, but it was still enough to make an impression. She told her mom after “I will always fast on fast Sunday from now on”. We had several with experiences like that. It was a good time to self-reflect and see where you were doing great and where you needed to improve.
This continues to be the hardest area I have served in and one of the toughest in our mission. We have some new people that we are working with and I’m hopeful this next transfer we will have more success. Right now one other missionary and I are serving in the Branch Presidency. We definitely want to get this area strong enough to be able to provide their own leadership.
I hope you all have an amazing week. And keep Unaí in your prayers. I have never fasted so much as I do in this area. We as missionaries fast almost weekly because the needs here are great.
Love you all,