This week we had a baptism of a girl named Joslin on Saturday. On Sunday she left with her mom to the market so that stunk but she’ll be confirmed next Sunday. Other than that Sunday was good and we got some positive investigators in church. Next week we’ll have 1 baptism and now 2 confirmations so we’ll work hard on that.
Our area here is good. The main part is on a hill but we have this other new neighborhood outside the city and we went to visit it and were with our mission leader Carlos. A lady said there was a short cut through this field so we went to take it and it started out on a dirt road then turned into a trail, then that trail turned into another 3 trails, then that trail turned into another 3 trails and then disappeared. We were just walking to find a road. Carlos wasn’t pleased haha. It was funny and we found a road they had cut out but to get down to it was a steep dirt section which was sweet cause I just skied down it jumping around and my comp made it down, but Carlos was just up top looking like, “I hate you guys! Lead me to here. This is like my worst fear to go down the steep dirt hill.” but it really wasn’t that bad. After a while he finally made it down and we were super close to the road and then it turned out there was a barbed wire fence to get through. It wasn’t bad at all to go under cause there was an eroded spot so you could just walk under it pretty much but it was still way funny to see poor Carlos. He was not impressed with our short cut, but he’s chill.
The neighborhood was cool. It turned out that it is built on stolen land from Carlos’ poor grandpa. He has a ton of cows and ranches and is super rich. The government was like we need more land for a new neighborhood so they just took the land and Carlos’ grandpa couldn’t do anything about it. then the government sold it to people to build houses and stuff. It’s just straight tin shacks cause it’s a new barrio. We ran into Carlos’s grandpa. It was crazy cause we have heard all about how he is super rich and has a house with a pool and hot tub and tons of nice horses and everything and Carlos is just like, “Hey, that’s my grandpa.” And it’s this old guy in a dirty button up shirt on a little wooden buggy behind a horse just looking normal, actually he looked poorer than your average Nicaraguan. Carlos was like yeah he always looks like that but that guy is crazy. He always carries around like a ton of money. So maybe he is just smart and does it so he doesn’t get robbed.
To end on a spiritual note, a cool thing happened this week. On Monday we went contacting and I felt to go back and go down this street and so I was just going down the street looking for who God wanted me to contact. I got to another street and was looking around and saw a tin fence and was just like, “that house, and I’m looking for a family.” Sure enough when I got to the front of the house there was a woman and her husband and they let us in and we talked to them and she said, “This morning I was praying really hard that God would send me someone to help me.” It was really cool to see when someone asks for help He doesn’t send the evangelicas or the testigos (J W’s), he sends two 19 year old gringos who barely speak Spanish and know nothing about life to solve all their problems. To me this really is a testimony that this is the true church and that through it we can solve any problems we have.
Peace and Love,