This week has been good. We have been working a lot out in a place called el Pochote. It is out by the Laguna of Masaya. The people out there live spread out. They are kind of poor as in they live in houses made of plastic and tin. There are a lot of tin houses and some wood shacks. There are a few concrete houses but the area has not seen missionaries in a long time and we are finding some cool people.
One lady we found is named Rosario. She was baptized 11 years ago but because of some difficulties went inactive and now we found her and she has 4 kids 12-20. She and 3 of her kids came to the stake conference this Sunday. They are really cool. Her children aren’t’ baptized. She also gave us a ton of references and she gets along with her neighbors. We were talking to them and once they knew that she was a member and went to church on Sunday, they were like well if they went then we’ll have to go too to see how it is. Working with members helps a lot.
Right now we are going to have a baptism on Friday of a 15 year old named Eric. The main thing that helped him was we took him to seminary once. After that he found a bunch of friends and he would just go by himself.
This week was stake conference. I ran into one of my converts from Rivas. She is going out with a returned missionary. That’s dope. An active convert, score! Retention can be sometimes tricky here. In Bluefields there were 1,400 or so members on the branch list but only a general attendance of 130 a week. That included babies, visitors and missionaries so retention is hard. It is always cool to find that your converts are active.
Also this week we helped a family we are teaching to move. They don’t have too much so it was easy but it was really cool that we were able to find a member with a truck to help. We fit everything in 3 small truck bed loads. We also moved a big concrete washing station with a washing board and sink. Good thing my companion was a collegic thrower. He could squat 690 pounds before the mission. We also moved a bunch of blocks that they say are 100 pounds but they are probably less. I remember at the beginning of my mission one day we moved like 30 of those same blocks and it wasn’t that hard but now either those blocks have gotten a lot heavier or I’ve just lost all the little muscle mass I once had. I can still move them but I now understand why the Nicas always move them with 2 people. I will have my work cut out for me when I get home.
Peace and Love,