|Walking past some sick rice fields!|
We didn't have the opportunity to meet with Ace this past week, but we're hoping we can this week. He is so great. He's believes in Christ. I can see that he believes all that we're teaching him is true. The only thing getting in the way of him enter the waters of baptism is him not coming to church. We haven't gotten him to church at all yet. I'm not sure why. He's taking everything else in and he's loving it! He even came to Liang Jie Mei's baptism last week and enjoyed it! We're just seeking inspiration as to how we can help him understand the importance of keeping the sabbath day holy and partaking of the sacrament.
We have been working on contacting a big list of inactive members. When I say big, I mean HUGE. 250+. We're trying to contact and set up appointments with each person on the list. A lot of people really just do not want anything to do with the church, some have simply lost their way due to a busy life. This week we are going to use the "Because He Live's" initiative to re-kindle that flame they once had. Hopefully that all goes well!
Yes, a lot of this is becoming a tiny bit frustrating. Success is dwindling. Less and less people are willing to talk to us on the street. It's becoming harder to set up appointments with anyone. The work is nearly halted. However, with all of the bitter challenges that we have faced, we continue to feel the loving hand of God in the details of our life and the work here in Longtan.
Blessings ALWAYS come.
|Our good buddy Martin|
Unfortunately, they didn't show up to church the next day, but we found an active member that knows them very well. We're planning on working with them this week.
Tuesday, my companion and I had the opportunity to visit a hopital to give a woman a blessing. She is from the Phillipines and has been working in Taiwan for about three years. About a year ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. She requested that we come and give her a blessing. It was such an awesome opportunity.
|There are rice paddies everywhere|
Monday I was in my first earthquake! It wasn't anything big, but it was big enough that I felt it! hahah everything just started shaking. It was pretty cool.
Biking is still good. My bike is the sickest. The food is still super good.
Life is good. It really is. Of course life is hard, but it's worth it. As I try to look for the good in all things and as I realize all of the blessings the Lord has given me, it's hard to dwell on the bad. John 16:33 is really hitting home for me. Each and every day will have it's struggles. Small and big. We must not forget that He has overcome the world, including all trials, challenges, struggles, everything! Following in His footsteps, and walking AS He walked is the best way for us to overcome our daily challenges. I KNOW that to be true!
I love you all and hope you have a blessed week!
Elder Chase Matua