Thank you so much for your emails. I seriously look forward to them so much every week and they give me just the energy I need to work hard for another week :) For whatever reason this week was a hard one for missing home. I think its because the excitement of being in a new area has warn-off and I am my "trunky" for my old area and for all of you back in the states... but don't worry Sister Baile and I am still working like crazy, loving it and just getting into the groove after the changes with transfers.
This week we had exchanges with the Sister Training Leaders and I had the chance to go work Meycawayan with Sister Winger in her area. It was fun to see a new area and SO weird being back with an American. While we were working that day we truly got to witness the Lord's hand in the work. We were working with this amazing older woman in their ward and while the two of them were talking I started talking to this little boy just chilling playing with a ball. We started playing catch and he was SO adorable. Then we were ready to head to a new area and I said good-bye to him. As we were walking a way I felt someone grab my head and looked down so see him just walking alongside me. I felt the urge to ask him where his home was. He pointed down this tiny dark alley and I just felt that we were supposed to go down there, but it didn't even look like it was possible for a home to be down there and we were working with the older woman who I definitely didn't want to take down there. I just whispered to Sister Winger that another day they should come back and see if there was anything to it. After we were done working with the member Sister Winger said we should just go back now. So headed back and started down the tiny alley. We climbed over garbage, poop and who knows what else and as I got to the end I saw a little opening in the wall. I called out to see if anyone was there and a little old woman came out. I awkwardly explained who we were, not knowing why I had felt we needed to go to this house. She promptly invited us in and I thought perfect this is why we're here. We climbed down into this TINY house that was literally just a square and the entrance had about six inches of water in it. Sitting inside the room was also a young man about 25. We introduced ourselves and he suddenly said, "I used to be a mormon!" Then I KNEW that was why we were there. To make a long story short throughout the rest of the lesson different people would randomly come into the home--- sometimes they were "former-members" and sometimes they were simply interested. I don't know what happened with that family since we were in Sister Winger's area but I'm so grateful for the opportunity we have to be an instrument in the Lord's hand.
Heavenly Father keeps teaching me how aware He is of His children. This work is by far the hardest thing I have ever done and it is teaching me more everyday. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this work and am excited this week to work on better showing/feeling God's love for His children to be a better instrument in His hand. I am constantly realizing how inadequate I am but I am grateful for His help everyday. Thank you for your prayers and support. It means the word!
Filipino Fun Fact:
Once the, as the Filipinos say, "-Ber Months" hit Christmas instantly starts. It is already talking about in everyday conversation and we regularly sing/hear Christmas songs haha its great.