I traveled around the whole country

From: Ethan Cade Brimhall [mailto:ethan.brimhall@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2017 1:49 PM

Hello people who are still reading my letters!

Monday and Tuesday were a little crazy with us running around the market trying to buy everything we need to give out to apartments this transfer. It was a ton of stuff, totaling over 3.5 million Leones. We organized it all into containers so we could easily access it when dropping off the items. We were up pretty late Tuesday night getting everything together so the trip would go smoothly. We were given several things to give to missionaries throughout the mission during our trip. That’s pretty much how distribution of materials works in this mission. “Hey, I heard you’re going to Kailahun. Take EVERYTHING. Thank you!”

Miracle moment 1: I got sick Tuesday morning and I knew it was going to be baaad if I continued on without divine intervention. Elder Nyoka and Elder Kay gave me a priesthood blessing that morning and my illness only bothered me with slight congestion and a cough until now. Not any worse.

From Wednesday to Friday, we visited every part of the country where missionaries proselyte! That is a little over 1000 km of road. I was given the privilege of driving 900 of those on areas that really shouldn’t be referred to as “road”. More of a pool of mud and rocks than anything. We stopped at each missionary apartment and dropped off their supplies, took pictures of the inside for a project we are working on, and helped Bishop Markus (the physical facilities director) resolve some issues with landlords. We got stuck in the mud once and were actually unable to move at all, which brings us to…

Miracle moment 2: A Toyota Land Cruiser with a hook rope showed up about 45 minutes after we initially got stuck which is amazing because it is usually just a wasteland

Miracle moment 3: 9 times out of 10, when a truck or okada was coming the opposite direction on a really narrow road (most of the road we went on), that was the time when we reached the widest part of the road for miles. God looks out for his missionaries. Miracle moment 4: In Kailahun, I ran into an investigator I had taught a few times in Kenema. He had just been visiting Kenema for a month or so and went back to his home in Kailahun. Now that missionaries are there, I linked them up and I am looking forward to hearing about a baptism date because this guy is serious.

All-in-all, the trip was a success. We almost lost an apartment fund, hygiene dropped dramatically, and sleep was minimal, but miracles abounded. Have a great week everyone!

Love,

Elder Brimhall

Excerpts from other letters…

Elder Nyoka and I have focused on examining the why behind what we do. We’re doing righteous things all the time, but do we do them for the praise of mission president, other missionaries, each other, etc., or do we do it because we love God/love others? It changes the way you look at missionary work. It’s less “work” and more joy.

[more photos are now posted with previous letters]