There are definitely moments you realise you are in Europe out here. One, for example, is when your African friend, Nancy, hands you a paper she received and expects you to be able to read the German. Turns out, the letter was sent to them from the government and they couldn’t read it there, so they asked the police to come and translate it for them.
So the police came and read the same letter us missionaries read, saying that there is a World War 2 unexploded bomb underneath the groud within a short distance of where they live. They will all have to move out from the months of July to October as they send in a team to excavate the World War 2 bomb that has been sitting there for years, unexploded. In their excavation efforts, there is a chance that said bomb will explode.
As you can imagine, this caused a lot of rucus with the lively African woman in the refugee home. Oh, dear. Still, Nancy is fine and has her marriage papers in so she should be getting married really soon! We are so happy for her and her fiance.
We came back to the refugee home later in the week to teach Loveth, a friend of Nancy’s, but Loveth was traveling. Instead, we were able to help her friend Princess and her baby Amanda, make a bus. We helped her walk about a mile uphill with her stuff so that she could catch a bus and then a train. It is cool how even when things turn out differently than expected, there is always an opportunity to be the answer to someone’s prayer for help. Luckily, that was us! 🙂 Both Loveth and Princess are learning about the gospel and are really seeing a difference in their happiness and in their lives.
Christiana returned this week and brought a friend back with her from Italy. Her Friend’s name is Blessing. Blessing is a firecracker, let me just tell you. She loves the gospel and wants to hear more, but together they are so rowdy. It is quite a scene. Christiana was trying to explain to Blessing that the sacrament is different because of the way it is blessed and because of the authority from Christ that we hold in our church and not because of the different names it might be called.
Then Christiana got hung up on the different ways different religions partake of the bread and Blessing started arguing that the real bread is pizza bread, like pizzy crust. Oh man. I was definitely laughing. We all faught for control and finally we were able to share some Bible verses t answer quetions and get a message across. Also, they are told that Australia is the endstream of the world and that instead of buying a passport to there you need a warm coat, to keep warm and a 5,000 euro lifejacket. Where they come up with this crazy stuff, I don’t know. I still love them, LOL At one point Christiana’s daughter starts yelling ”Order, ORDER” to calm it down.
Then we were able to also teach Eric, a Nigerian across the hall. Christiana helped and it went really well. It was the total opposite- the whole lesson was so quiet and peaceful and you can tell how much finding the truth means to him. At one point he even said so, he asked us to please come back often because this means a lot to him that he can someday be baptised and to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I guess no matter who you are teaching, the important thing is to teach to their needs and to help them come closer to Christ the way Christ would. It is really cool to see how different people, regardless of age or nationality, learn and how interested they are in learning about their savior. Each person we teach has felt the Holy Spirit testify to them that Jesus Christ is their redeemer, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that as they live the gospel of Jesus Christ, their lives are bettered. I know this also to be true! I am so blessed to have and to share the gospel in my life and to get to spend time with these wonderful, international people here in Deutschland!
Have a great week and keep smiling!