Today is Independence Day in El Salvador!
The other day we went to visit a house where we have two investigators, a grandma and her granddaughter. We walked up to the house and the door was open and it was dark inside but the tv was on. We looked inside and there was the whole family basically watching tv...like 10 people, no joke. "Buenas" dijimos. ("Good," we said.)The abuelita (grandma) asked us if we were going to enter, we of course said yes. Well next thing we knew, people were standing up, moving around, they opened the door completely, and turned on the light, and within literally 45 seconds, there was no one in the room, only us and the abuelita. Everyone literally ran away. Haha. It was classic. We truly are terrifying.
This week we did interchanges with the nurses of the mission. There are two of them and I spent a day with each. Boy, their job as missionary-nurses, is quite something. They are super busy, are taking phone calls all day, and at the last minute have to go to San Salvador at 10pm in the night when a sister gets appendicitis and has to be operated on. Yep. That happened. But they are great missionaries, despite all the craziness they have to deal with apart from the mission craziness.
|Claudia se bautizo!|
Yesterday Claudia se bautizo! We had her baptism at 7:30am before church because she wanted to do it early and that way she could be confirmed in sacrament meeting. It was a pretty hectic morning. We got up at 5am, got ready and went to the church to fill up the pila (baptismal font). We left the house at 6:15am, we then went to bring Janet to the baptism and while everything starts late in El Salvador, it didn´t start until about 7:50am. Josef was still asleep when we got to Claudia´s house to help her with Andres and Josef. Craziness.
But the baptism was bien bonito. We asked Josef to give a talk about baptism and the holy ghost. He gave the last talk and it was a moment really special (gotta love the Spanish order of the verb). He got up there and the tears just came to him and he started crying and had a hard time speaking. He didn´t say much, but he said that he was really glad that his mom was finally going to be baptized, and that his little brother Adres will be baptized soon (he´s 6 years old) and that his family will be all together. It was a moment really special as Josef was trying to fight back the tears and the spirit was strong and really touched his heart and her heart.
Then Claudia shared her testimony at the end and it was really powerful. She said that she has had contact with the church for a few years now, but had left and was in another church for awhile, but that now she has taken this decision and she said she felt something now that was unexplainable. She cried as she said she just wants to follow God´s will and she said that she knows her pathway is long, but it is sure. It was really special, and boy do I just love her. She has so much faith and such a huge desire to serve God and to be an instrument in His hands. And it´s been amazing to be part of her conversion process.
Apart from that, Janet loved it and she is dying to be baptized. She asked us how soon she could be baptized. In the baptism of Claudia she said, "That´s going to be me soon, right?" Amazing how the Lord prepares people and works. Love this work.
Love you all lots and lots and praying for you constantly.