So it’s been a whole week without President being around, so things were pretty relaxing actually. He was in Johannesburg all week for a Mission President Seminar so he took Sis Mkhabela with him as well. He said he was leaving the affairs of the mission in to our hands. This also meant we had to take his daughter to school every morning and pick her up in the afternoon every day though. I think it’s his way of making sure that we don’t take any trips to vic falls or something haha. While he was gone we did have to make a few trips though.
We told the area office in South Africa that all of the cars in this mission are absolutely toast, so they transferred one of Physical Facilities old trucks to us. We had to drive it all the way to Mutare and bring their old car back all in the same day. This obviously meant that I and my companion had to drive in separate cars so things got a little bit sketchy. On the way there it was okay, but on the way back my companion was driving probably one of the worst cars in the mission haha. We had to make it back in time to pick up President’s daughter from school so we raced back to Harare as fast as we could. It’s a single lane road all the way so we had to do some pretty crazy overtaking. All of that craziness, all while it was raining haha. My companion explained that the car he was in had some problems with keeping water out so the whole time it rained he was getting soaked haha. Water kept getting in next to his feet so every time he shifted gears he felt like he was stepping in a swampy puddle. To add to that he said the windshield wipers were so bad he had to narrow all of his focus on my brake lights while he was could just barely keep up with me (because remember, we were in a hurry). And we got back safe and sound! The whole experience was kind of a hassle, but we managed to get back in time to pick up his daughter from school. It’s funny sometimes how the Lord protects his servants. I and my companion were talking about all of the bad accidents that have happened in the mission where it was totally possible that a missionary could have died, but didn’t. Sorry I didn’t mean to scare ya, I promise I’m a responsible driver haha;).
The next day we had to take another car to Bindura, but it’s not as far so we drove carefully. We even had enough time to take some stops. Remember those orange tree orchards I was talking about a while ago? So mom, you’ll be happy because I took some pictures this time haha. Sorry these trips are normally strictly business, so I don’t have a lot of time for pictures normally haha.
This week we had again another awesome lesson with the Chitima family. We taught them about tithing, and after the lesson Bro Chitima brought us next door. It was so awesome, he just knocked on his neighbor’s door and said “Hey! These are the Elders from my church, we’re here to invite you to church this Sunday!” It turns out it’s a really good friend of his so he really wants him to take lessons with us. Bro Chitima is just such a good guy. As soon as we invited him to be baptized, he alerted the whole neighborhood and invited them all to his families baptism. It’s really just such a joy to watch the wonders of God unfold in such a humble home. This Gospel has been such a pillar of strength to his family and just wants to share this glorious message to everyone. In every lesson we always try to link it with families, he loves it. With investigators like these, sometimes missionaries get so excited to the point that they want to do everything themselves. They want to teach all of the lessons as soon as possible so that they can be baptized. What I’ve done is I’ve kind of just sat back and watched God work with this family as they progress and strengthen one another. This family even does scripture study and family home evening together. In my opinion this is what brings lasting conversion. This family doesn’t even need missionaries, we just brought them a simple message and they’ve learned everything else just by going to church, studying the scriptures and praying every day.
15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.
16 Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes? Yea, and who can comprehend the marvelous works of God?
I love this work, it is glorious, and it is beautiful. I’m so grateful to be a part of it.
Have a good week!