Monday, April 3, 2017

Enduring Afflictions in La Villa!

Well this has been a great week!
 Well kind of, its been really interesting... we have been having some problems with the people here. We realized one of the reasons why this area is hard. First you need to know that lately we´ve been finding some incredible investigators! Like, super amazing!! People who were really determined to change their lives and possible baptisms. But you know what? Since there are alottt of inactive members here in this pueblo, alot of them have gone to other churches or formed their own church, mostly evangelical churches. And when they realize that we are teaching these people, they go and talk bad about our church. They are inactive obviously because they dont have a firm testimony of the church, and they have doubts. So the things that they are teaching them are completely false! This is my first and only area where this has been a problem! We hate it! Do you know how hard it is to find and baptize people as it is? Now imagine doing all of that, and having one of the pastors go around to your investigators and teach them a bunch of lies! Uugghh!! But, we´ve talked with some of our investigators and we clarified all of them, although with some, it was too late. But it was really interesting, this week I was reading in 2 Timothy 4. And in verses 14-15,

  1.  Paul is talking about a certain Alexander which made his mission dificult because Alexander the coppersmith was did him ´much evil´. So I felt like we compared to him in some way. If we keep reading in verses 17 it says ´Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.´

  In this epistle in talks about how Paul withstood all aflictions and hard times, and he invites Timothy to do it as well. We´ve really been trying to put this into practice. We´ve learned that we cannot control everything, people have their agency. 
We just have to do our part and the Lord will bless us. And we saw the blessings as we kept working hard and having a postive attitude. This certain morning we were walking around contacting... and at this moment there we were knocking on this door, and the person inside saw us and said ´No hay nadie!´ and hid. Great. But as we were at this door there was this guy to the left of us, like half a block away, and he is just kind of leaning on his house wall watching us. And he yells and says if he can ask us something, and he calls us over. Of course we go and he asks ´We dont people believe in Christ?´ This was definatly an inspried question. It was interesting, and this guy was interesting. (Why? Well mostly because I heard CCR playing in the background in his house!) So we talked to him and tried to respond his question as carefully as possible. This guy is Alberto. Who is about 32 years old, he has some addictions and doesnt really beleive in God, well he said that he really felt like he needed to talk to us that day and they he wants to change. Well, so far, hes been progressing and is really making an effort to change! This guy is incredible! We lost about 3 investigators because of this pastor (ex-member) was talking bad about us and then as we kept working hard we found some incredble people like Alberto!
 This area is rough. The mission is rough. But I love it! I am learning so much! My companion and I are doing great, we are really different but I am doing the best that I can to make the best out of it and its working out! haha 

like these little stickers that they put on the doors, we just kind of laugh and say, ´We´ll see about that´. You´d be surprised how many houses with these stickers actually let us 

We had Zone Conference this week. This are the missonaries from my group! You may remember them from the pictures of the CCM.

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