Glad to hear that life is good for everyone in the States!
So here’s a small, testimony-building story. After filling out the papers of a marriage on Saturday, we needed 100 reais to pay for the marriage, and we need it by Sunday night so that they can get married/baptized this coming week. But they only had 50 reais, so we had to somehow get 50 more in one day. That ended up being a little bit tricky, since there aren’t too many members here in the branch, and all have a rather modest living. Some of the members pitched in what they could, but we still were lacking. (And mission rule: we missionaries can’t pay anything at all). After brainstorming with the branch president’s family (and not coming up with anything) we decided to just pray with faith that it would all work out.
Talking with the branch president’s wife last night, she asked if we had gotten all the money. I told her that we were still lacking 20. A less active member who had come to the fireside perked up next to us and said “20? I felt like to needed to bring R$20 tonight, but I don’t know why, because I won’t use it. Here ya go!” So yup, that was the miracle of last week! The miracle of this week will be everything turning out just right for the wedding and baptism on Saturday. Let’s pray with equal faith for that to happen also!
Well that’s my short email for the week. And I sent 2 pictures, so that’s 2000 more words. Thanks for all your love and prayers and letters and support, have a wonderful week!
Here’s part of the wall that we painted at the branch president’s house! It was a fun service project. Elder Sales worked a few years as a painter, so he helped us to learn a bit more about how to paint. Can’t say I’m the best painter ever… but practice makes perfect! At least I didn’t totally paint myself blue, like the last time I painted a house…
Here’s a pretty sweet holiday celebrated in all of Brasil: June Party! It lasts the whole month, and it’s characterized by a lively dance, lots of forró (a type of music with an acordeon), little flag decorations, and, of course, lots of food. Especially corn. Here was the branch party last week, which was really fun! We missionaries even sang a song and everyone danced. Lots of less active members and investigators came to the party also, so it was a successful missionary opportunity as well!