For example, we hunted down our investigators. When I say hunted, I literally mean that we climbed mountains and trudged through the jungle and fought wild beasts to find these peoples' houses. The good news is that after all that, we found some people who were really excited to be taught and who have just been waiting for the opportunity to be baptized! The ones who live the farthest away are DonDon, Vianna, and Buboy. They literally shouted for joy when we invited them to be baptized. They've been taught many times but have never made it to baptism, not because of the lack of effort on their part, but because they live so far away that the missionaries just couldn't keep teaching them. Hopefully we will be able to get them all the way there!
One of our other investigators, Chris, is strangely similar to Brother Makulit. Maybe I just like to tell myself that because I miss him so much, but I don't think so. He wants to be baptized but he keeps telling us not yet. Because he doesn't know if he wants to give up his coffee and cigarettes quite yet. Don't worry Brother Chris, I'm an experienced long-sufferer.
Sister Tzanis is doing great, she's been taking care of me all week. It's been interesting to try and remember what it was like before I knew what anyone was saying to me. Or what I was saying to anyone else. She's a trooper. I've been a little frustrated that I've been sick when I just want to get out and work hard and be able to help my companion. But this morning I read this scripture:
Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.
Sometimes things happen that are outside of our control. But it's okay. Because we aren't really in control anyway. God is. And His plan is way better than mine anyway. Things will work out. Think about that on your bad days :)