Gloomy Skies but Happy Hearts 7/25
We got water for the first time in a couple weeks on Tuesday. We had been drawing from a well every day because some guy neglected his duty as an employee of the Church. Elder Anku ate half of my jam, so I got pretty mad. I didn’t beat his face in, but I made sure he understood that my jam is my jam. Gas ran out on Wednesday, so we were unable to cook anything or heat up water for a warm shower Thursday morning. We were starving and cold for some time. I haven’t seen the sun for two weeks as it has been either overcast or raining every day.
Sis Anna is not doing too hot. Her man ALSO cheated on her (a problem common in Africa as I am coming to discover). We found out while helping her that she is not married to him but has two children. We sadly told her that she cannot be baptized as long as she is cohabiting. She really wants to be baptized. She will speak with her man and talk about marriage, although he is somewhat unwilling to do that, and they don’t have the funds necessary to make this relationship binding.
Bro Daniel loves the Book of Mormon. He recommitted to baptism this week feeling a bit misgiving about it. We taught him about the Book of Mormon in all its glory (not really – this book has a glory that can never be explained fully even if it was explained to you your entire life).
We met with some members on Thursday who referred us to a few people. We finally got one of our investigators to come to church on Sunday. Elder Okpara thinks that she did it just because I asked extra nicely. He thinks she is interested in more than just what I have to say.
We faced members in football again. We brought the Grafton elders so we could have a full team. We lost 5-3 after playing in the rain and mud. It was super fun! We ate foufou (pounded cassava and plantain mash) with ground nut stew and chicken. So freaking good.
Saturday was the big day. I baptized Richard and Augustin Morsey and Zainab Sesay. We had a nice service at the chapel. Sis Jeneba and a few other members came to support these wonderful kids. I baptized them in the heavy rain.
We attended a graduation party for Bro Boway’s daughter. We showed support for him and his daughter in the hopes that it will show him we care for him and want him to make changes in his life that will make him happier.
Elder Okpara and I are becoming really great friends and companions. We are teaching well and talking well. I really lucked out with him as my companion. I got exactly what I wanted with a companion just as I got exactly what I wanted with a mission. My luck has to run out sometime, right? Things seem to just work out as I do what is expected of me. I know that what I am doing is divinely inspired. I am seriously blessed as a missionary.
I want each of you to look at Matthew 14, specifically verses 24-33. This is the story of Peter walking on water to meet Christ. Its symbolism to live overall is really incredible. We can learn a lot from this miracle. I won’t explain what I got out of it in the hopes that you look into it yourself. I would love to hear what you found out! Email me with your insights.