Monday, 17 February 2014

Grabi naman!

More adventures in Cagayan and life just gets weirder here the every day!
We had to travel the other day at the crack of dawn for Zone Meeting
so we were all in this van and all of a sudden this huge Australian
man gets in with his little Philippino wife. I like couldn't get over
it and we were talking the whole way about Australia, he was from
Penrith so he had this thick NSW accent, wicked. It was super random
because we were literally going from jungle to jungle, but great
times. The best thing is when we got out of the van at the chapel and
he goes to kiss all of us goodbye and the two American sisters just
let him do it. I managed to push him off and give him a handshake. Our
DL didn't know what to do, he looks at them and goes don't you ever do
that again. Then we got inside and a pipe had burst and we literally
spent an hour mopping out the flooded chapel. Great times.

I'm probably going to regret telling this story but its a pretty good
one. So the short version is, we were fed something there that had
obviously been sitting outside of the fridge a little too long, and
certain members of our household were a little bit poisoned by it. We
have two toilets in our house and one of them has been broken for
months so only one gets used. So the next day its bad times for
everyone, because the other toilet breaks. So by some miracle two guys
come to fix it, and their commentary on it was like nothing else. One
of them got on his motorbike and went home to get more things to put
on his face. One was smoking in the house so I had a really big
confrontation with him about it, and he was like, its mabaho. Its bad.
So this home time were studying out in the front yard while they try
to fix the toilets that have months worth of problems. We also have
out neighbours dog thats decided it lives at our house now which is
also subsequently starving to death and bleeding from its face all
over our front yard. She finally took responsibility for it and said
she was gonna send someone over to get it. So a few minutes later this
lady and shirtless man rock up with a ROPE and ask to see the dog.
They take one look at it and bail. Sister Copeland recognised him as
the neighbour she saw carving up a dog for dinner the other day. Oh I
forgot to mention, its dog meat season. The restaurant on our street
serves it cheap!

We had 3 baptisms this week in the pouring rain and the freezing cold.
It was so good. We had two kids who are solid little BOM readers, and
a 20 year old who asked us if after he got baptised if he was allowed
to serve a mission. Thats really what you wanna hear! The girl who has
the old boyfriend told us that shes moving down to live with him so we
can't even keep teaching her, and the parents completely support it.
We could tell she was sad she didn't get baptised with everyone, but,
we can just hope for the future everything works out for her. We also
had one of our investigators who was meant to get baptised in two
weeks move to Manila. His brother called him on Saturday and he packed
up and got straight on a bus down there. Rough, but hopefully he keeps
up with the missionaries down there. And another moved to Laoag. Plus
our most converted investigator, grabi shes amazing, she asks the
deepest doctrinal questions I've ever had to answer and she is a real
honest seeker of truth, she told us that shes on a scholarship for
university that requires her to be active in her other church. A lot
of blows this week but we don't give up on her, she will be baptised
whether now or later, and we still have a ton of golden people in the
works so things are still good here. We met this lady the other day,
we had 20 minutes til lunchtime so Sister Baguio grabbed the first
lady we saw and made her take us to her house. We told her she should
come to church with us, and she asked where it was because she wanted
to go to a far away church. We like yep, its pretty far away! So we
come back the next day and her husband said shes not allowed to come,
so we tell her to pray and we'll come get her on Sunday morning. So we
arrive at the house, and shes standing there talking to him, he sees
us and RUNS into the jungle, so of course we chase him in, and we
chase him for ages until we realise hes still holding his machete so
we stop and we lose him. Then we realise were standing in the middle
of a jungle village, proper jungle people, and they are just staring
at us and have no idea what to do.

I also just want to make the point that through all the funny things
and all the great times, I am truly coming to know my Saviour more. As
I just finished the Book of Mormon again this week and have been
studying Jesus the Christ this week, I have come to recognise the
answers to prayers and see the will of the Lord in all that happens.
The more I seek the more I find, and the more I love it. This church,

That was a good full minute of earthquake.

I love you all.

Sister McKim
This little girl, shes so cute, shes a member. We went to her house
and her parents weren't home and she was sitting on the porch
surrounded by puppies. I couldn't handle how sad she looked, it was
too cute! But shes fine we gave her candy.

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