Transfer Week, and I am staying in Baclayon! I knew I wouldn't transfer, because in the days leading up to transfer calls I was just receiving so much insight and revelation about what this area needs, what I can do, etc.
But the trisome has come to an end....I'm really going to miss my two comps, they are so much fun and I've learned so much from them! My new companion is Sister Smith! She is a singer and pianist and I'm SO excited to work with her!
This week was full of meaningful experiences. There is a member in our branch, Nanay Edith, who is suffering from severe breast cancer right now. We did a service project for her, we deep cleaned their home and all the surrounding area, cutting down trees/plants, clearing out trash, organizing, sweeping, burning ants, etc. Then we cooked her family a big meal of rice, fish, and malunggay sabaw. Even though it hurts her to walk and move and stress, she is currently serving in two callings in the church, with the youth, and came with us to visit and teach less-active members. I can't not cry as I listen to her bear her testimony to them about how we can be happy during trial because of the Gospel, because of the hope we have in Christ. She has two sons, 14 and 7 years old, and she is a huge example of faith and strength to them and to all of us! Please keep her in your prayers.
Last night we taught a new investigator, and after the lesson she asked if she could come to church? If we can go visit and teach her friend too? So of course we followed her to her friend's house and taught her too and then set up a ride for them to simba this dominggo. I am giving a talk this Sunday, so hopefully they'll be able to come!
We have some exciting things planned for the area: we are planning a Book of Mormon Flood as a branch activity and I am setting up a bi-weekly English class at the chapel. Filipinos ALL want to learn more English...there are just so many more job opportunities, social benefits....every member and investigator that I've mentioned a possible English class to has said "Moapil jud ko ana! Kay, English man ug wa'y bayad!" I think it will be an effective way to strengthen and unify the members, FIND NEW INVESTIGATORS and serve the people! :)
I'm not sure I know how to teach English, but 8 months ago I wasn't sure I could speak Bisaya. I know that anything I set out to do with the intention of serving and fulfilling God's will, I can do it. Especially with Sister Smith as my companion because there was an English class in her last area, so she has some experience! What a huge blessing.
Love you all! Please pray for Nanay Edith and her family.
haley's breakfast! a whole fish and boiled bananas