This last week was pretty good here in Martinique for Elder Lewis and I. We got a bunch of new potentials and we're pretty stoked! I've gotta go fast! I probably won't have time to answer all of your questions mom, but I'll try to respond someday.
GOING FOR THE BIG 100
That's right, the branch here is going for 100 people at church this week, the 7th of September! Yesterday we had 77 total, which was one of the highest in a while, but I'm pretty positive that we're going to get our goal next week. We have a member in our area, Frère Maugran that told us he's gonna bring 20 people, and Frère Noel is probably going to bring all the Haitians he knows! I'm super excited. There will be a branch meal after and a baby blessing during sacrament too. It's gonna be sweet!!! Ya gotta come see!
One of our Haitian friends of Frère Noel. He's probably about 30. He came two months ago when we set the goal for 100 and we've been teaching him on and off at Pierre-Louis' house. But recently, he really started progressing and asking really good questions! He wanted to learn more about baptisms for the dead and the Three Kingdoms of Glory. We also taught him the Restoration and explained authority. He loves to learn and knows a lot about the Bible. Our only setback is that he's really involved with his current Pentecostal church. He's probably our biggest potential for the moment.
He's still good, but he's very difficult to arrange appointments with. Sadly he didn't come to church yesterday either. We're not really sure what to do with him because we want to help, but there is really only so much that we can do for him.
Another Haitian! He's 21. He's actually somebody we were trying to reactivate, but now it turns out that his original baptism back in the Dominican Republic is now invalid. So we are probably going to have to re-teach him all the lessons and then... BAPTISM! But we'll see. We might have to work things out with immigration first though. We're still trying to find out what happened to his records. Elder Lewis and I will keep you posted.
Another another Haitian! He's a new investigator that we taught and added to our teaching pool yesterday! He's awesome! The problem is that he doesn't really speak any one language. He speaks mostly Haitian Creole with a bunch of Spanish (lived in the DR for a long time), and all of his words to describe timing are in English (he lived in Dominica too.) He's sweet though and he accepted a baptismal date for October 11th!! But once again, we might have to arrange some things with the government before baptizing him... #legalityprobs
GOOD NEWS: I'M LEGAL NOW
I went to OFFI last week and I'm (almost) completely legal for the next year in France. Wahoo! #immigrantprobs
I had a really good study about patience this last week and I found this scripture:
41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
The key is the big perspective. We have God's promise already. We need to look forward to the fruit--eternal life--and endure to the end in spite of difficulties. I know that keeping a big perspective makes life so much easier, and with Christ on your side you will have nothing to worry about. The tree will "bring forth fruit unto you" if you just endure.
We found a monkey (in a cage)!
We went to the Gardens of Balata last week for P-Day and it was awesome! There were suspension bridges between the trees and it was so cool!
There were bats at the gardens too.
Huge banana! I think the Turners already posted something about this on facebook. But we got a HUGE banana from a member named Soeur Cossou. It was way good! (until birds came into our apartment and ate it :/)
The whole Martinique Zone, including Bro and Sis Turner, the senior couple.