Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014 Hello po Family!

A recent convert from Masinloc came to visit on Sister Ila's last sunday.

This is Bing, our golden investigator who isn't married yet :(

One of our last pics together

Hello po Family!

Well, this week was crazy because of transfer day.  Sister Ila went home and so we were a trisome until Thursday which meant that we had to split our time in both areas.  So I feel like we didn't even work in my area this week.  Our stats were a little sad this week.  And I was really really sad that Sister Empalmado was transferred.  We really became best friends.  Oh well.  Such is the life of a missionary.  And my new companion is really cute.  Her name is Sister Lim (Her dad is chinese and her mom is filipino but they live here), she is 26 and super super super nice.  As in super.  So it should be a good transfer but she is a little quiet.

Up in the mountain
On Tuesday we had quite the adventure here.  There are some members that live up in the mountain which is about 40 mintues away from town.  So of course, they don't have home teachers go to them and they were less active for a while.  So we go visit them once a month because they want a visit but they understand that it's really expensive and uses a lot of our time to go up there.  So we planned to go up there and we called up before to make sure the family was up there.  So then we took a tricycle up there.  And what do you know, they weren't there anymore.  (We had talked to the branch president, not the actual family) They had gone to get wood  but they were really far away.  So we asked if there were other less actives up there and there weren't.  So we were a little disappointed because we went up there for nothing.  So we talked with the branch president for a little while and picked some mangoes.  And then we had to leave but there are NO tricycles up there.  No way to get down except to walk.  The branch president joked "If you can't find a tricycle, ride a dump truck down!" (they live right by a nickel mine) We all laughed and then looked at each other and said, "Yeah!  Let's ride a dump truck down!!!"  So we found a foreman to flag one down for us (He got us a nice big one that had AC inside) and we all climbed inside.  (There's a space behind the driver that's kind of like a bed so we sat there)  And we rode a dump truck down the mountain.  It was actually really fun!  I don't know if that is allowed but we didn't have any other option.  The driver was really nice and super curious what we were doing up in the mountain.  So I have officially ridden in a dump truck.  Only in the Philippines!

In the dump truck!!!

Our proselyting was okay this week.  Like I said, we didn't spend much time in our area BUT we did happen to meet a member who has been vacationing in Manila for the last two months and we asked her if she knew anyone that we could go to.  She said that her brother lived next door and we could try him.  She'd referred him before a couple times to the missionaries but he was never interested.  So we went and taught him the restoration and invited him to church.  He said that he was really interested (he even wrote down every single commitment we gave him on a piece of paper.  First investigator that's ever done that...) but that he couldn't promise that he'd go to church.  But then, when we went to church the next morning, he was sitting in the second row right next to his sister!!!!  We're really excited about him and hopefully he'll be one of our baptisms for June!!!!  

Two of the branch missionaries that work with us...
... Gerson and Mac

So yep.  That's the most exciting for the week.  We are scrambling to figure out who will to be our goals for the next month....hopefully we can find them.  I kind of forgot about that and we haven't been focusing on finding as much as we should have.  Oh well....we'll find them!  I hope that you all have a great week!  

Mahal ko kayo!
Sister Sirrine

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