Monday, December 8, 2014

Lucky Week 13

Bonjour ma famille et mes amis,

It has been a great thirteenth week in French Guyane! Members are the people who really make missionary work progress. We took Leno, a recent convert in the branch, to see the less active part-member Tavares family again this week. We had been nervous to extend baptismal dates to their kids who are not members yet, but we decided to go for it. Near the end of the lesson we extended December 27. They said they wanted their kids to be baptised, and their kids were very excited about it, but the 27th would not work because their Dad would be in Brazil. The parents and Leno started talking and figured out all the details. They decided on the 13 Dec and Leno would baptise them. They figured it all out by themselves and Leno even offered them his other car to take to church on Sunday because their car is in the shop. It was a miracle and members make all the difference. If Leno hadn't taught this family with us, none of this would have happened. It was so cool to see them all at church on Sunday. It gave the branch a new hope for less actives, because so many members had given up on the Tavares family but they are coming back, thanks to Leno. We are excited for Fransisco, Poena and Claudenir to be baptised this week.

A lot of other fun stuff happened this week too. We tried playing soccer with a whole bunch of little boys. It was really fun but they beat a lot. We ventured into the jungle to find Christmas trees. We helped the daughter of a member move. Ramona taught us how to make bread. We did splits yesterday with two young women in the branch, it was really fun and we got a lot done. Members are the best, they help missionary work happen.

We got a new elder this past week. Elder Mooux, he is from Tahiti.

It's so exciting to see people coming to Christ. It really is the best feeling. I am glad to be a part of this great work. Its hard, but its good. Have a nice cold week back in the states and we'll try not to sweat to death down here:)

Lots and lots of love,

Soeur Banks

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