Emailed on Monday, 8/1/16
Dear Family and Friends,
Today I have been in the mission field for 22 months. Catch 22 was the cleverest e-mail title I could think of.
So I, once again, do not have much time to talk to you guys. I know you’re getting sick of that, but I’ve got a lot of stuff to take care of.
This Monday, we met Diego. It was a miracle. We had our evening all planned out perfectly, but all of our plans fell through. So my comp had the idea to visit a contact way on the other side of our area. I'm not a fan of walking large distances from one commitment to the other, as this wastes a lot of time, but on this particular day, we had nothing better to do. After all, we could be making contacts in the street on the way over there. Anyways, we were headed over to the contact, and we saw a man who was just standing outside the door of his house. It looked like he was waiting for someone. We introduced ourselves, and he also introduced himself. We felt prompted to teach him then and there. So we asked if we could share a message with him and he agreed. Turns out, he wasn't waiting on anyone in particular. He was waiting on "someone God could send [him] to cheer him up." He had separated with his wife four days earlier, and lost his job on the same day. He was kicked out of his house, and was living in an abandoned barbershop that his friend was temporarily renting him. We taught him about the meaning of life, and why we go through trials. The room was filled with the spirit, and we challenged him to be baptized on the 20th then and there. He accepted without thinking twice.
We returned there on Friday, and taught him some more. He is still solid for the 20th.
Everything was perfect and ready on Saturday to take him to church on Sunday, but he sort of disappeared on Sunday morning. :/ Happens.
We have another really cool couple named Fabricio and Rutiele - we are working on their marriage. They, too, disappeared on Sunday morning. :/
That’s all I’ve got time for. GTG
Some pictures of our awesome 20-real beater that already burned out, a volleyball district party!