It's here! I thought that this week was never going to come and then BAM, ITS HERE!
This past week has had it's ups and down, but way more ups!
Because these past few days have been holidays in the Philippines and the kids don't have school, a lot of the people left the city and went to their provinces, so we got punted a lot and people were always busy, but we pulled through and continued to stay positive. Whenever we are punted at the doorstep, we always just walk away and start singing a uplifting hymn to stay positive and keep the faith going :) It is wonderful. It would be way better if we were not punted, but we are still working hard and trying to increase our teaching pool because it is pretty low right now.
I do have wonderful story to share with you all though. Sister Tropia and I started brainstorming on how we can start getting more investigators to church and receiving member referrals. So we decided to invite every member to invite a friend to come to church. We invited about 6 families and they all said they would try. So when we got to church on Sunday, Brother Kim our recent convert was standing talking to a man his age. We went up and introduced ourselves and then Kim said, "this is my friend that I invited to come to church, and he came!" We were able to teach his friend after church, he accepted a baptism date, and already feels very welcome into the church! It was so wonderful to see how just by a small invitation, great things can happen!
I also have another wonderful story to share. So every other friday we always go to a hospital and go and deliver home made baby hats to all the newborn babies and we visit with the mothers. When we got there, I heard someone call my name, I looked over and saw a less active that had just moved to another town outside the city. We had also taught his wife and I had missed them so much! She had just given birth about 3 days ago and I was going to be able to see her and the baby! When I saw them both, they said that they had been praying to have someone that they loved come and see their baby and celebrate the birth of their baby. They said that it was an answer from God that we had come that day. They also informed me that they had given the name Princess Natalia to their new baby girl :) I love that little baby! I attached a few pictures of that experience.
As for this week, it will be a fun and busy week! Tomorrow we have our zone training, then on wednesday we have trainer/trainee meeting! I am excited to be able to see my friends in the mission, and President and Sister Revillo on my birthday and half way point! I know I will enjoy my birthday here and as Nicole emailed me this week "what a way to start your 20's on your mission"! I sure love you all so much and am excited to let you know about my upcoming experiences next week! Love love love ya!