I was going to go to the Baileys' today for a haircut and send pictures but that ended up not working out, so I'll have to do that next week. President is coming on Friday for a zone conference, so maybe I'll get to send them then.
This week has been a really good week. We accomplished a lot of things.
Wednesday we had a really cool experience. We went to have the second visit with an investigator named Chris. We were close to his house but we couldn't remember which house was his. So we were walking and found two girls. We asked them if they knew where he lived and it turns out one of them was his sister. So they showed us where he lives. Then he comes out and said that he's been sick with malaria for the last two weeks. So he asked if we could give him a blessing. It was the first time I've sealed the anointing in French! It was a really cool experience. I honestly don't even remember what he said, but it was entirely by the spirit. Afterwards I could tell that he was really sick because when I took my hands off of his head, my hands were really hot. But afterwards he was really happy and energized. Then he said that we should go talk to the two girls and have a lesson with them. We told him he could stay home if he wanted to but he said that he already felt a ton better! It was a really cool experience.
Thursday was a really good day too. We talked to David's mom Nadege. She wants to get baptized but she isn't married yet. They are well off so they could afford it, but her boyfriend didn't want to commit yet because his job contract hadn't been signed yet so he wasn't stable. It has been two years and his contract hadn't been signed yet! But she prayed a lot and Tuesday they signed his contract! So that means that they can get married! I'm really excited for that.
Saturday we started the day off with lessons with Surprise and Lous André. They both live in the same neighborhood. Surprise is so funny. He likes to speak English. And he found an American dollar on the ground so he was so excited to show me. Afterwards, we went with the two of them and took a taxi to the church to go to the baptismal service. They were both really excited. Neither of them come from wealthy families and taxis are a little more expensive so they would usually walk. I told Surprise he could come with us and he hadn't even eaten yet, but he said he didn't want to miss an opportunity to take a taxi! So he said he'd just buy some bread for 20 cents by the church and that would be ok haha. Then after the baptism Elder Hatch and Elder Rakotonindriana went witht the Baileys to the airport to pick up their new companion Elder Tweneboah! He's from Ghana. He's working with them until transfers next week. It was really cool to talk to him about the MTC and Ghana. I can't believe it's been 7 months since I was there!
Sunday we had a great day at church. We had 12 investigators at church! One of which was a son of a member family that hasn't been to church in years! He is really cool and is progressing very well. Then after church we saw a couple less active families. We had incredible lessons with them. One family in particular, Armel and Ella, really have the desire to come back to church. So I think they're going to finally make that step. Then we came home 5 minutes before it started dumping rain outside. Unfortunately, the other elders got home 5 minutes after. So they were soaked. Great way to start off your first day in the sector! haha
So all in all this has been a very good week. I can't believe how fast the transfer has gone by. And I can't believe the division of the mission is so soon! Lots of things are going to change, so we'll see what happens! Anyway, I hope you guys have a great week!
Love, Elder VanAusdal