This picture is of Bennett, his new comp from Peru and Elder Rodriguez that Bennett had the privilege of training a year ago...he will also be training.
This last week has been a good and a challenging one. The last week of the change is always hard and who knows why there were a lot of speed bumps as well and road blocks. (great people not coming to church, appointments falling through, no one, people lying. Etc,) Those typical mission problems. But we kept fighting through.
We have found a lot of great people lately. We are working with a great family that were progressing well, named the family Camacho.. they are a family of The mom and dad and 3 over the age of 19 and a 9 year old girl, the two bigger sisters both have babies but we only teach the 9 year old Jenni, and the Parents. The dad works fixing cars and as they started to come closer to the church and to the Lord came problems, mainly in economic terms. That business is one that is obviously up and down, but he explained to us that in the last two months for the first time ever he has had almost nothing. He looked at us in a lesson and said, "I am scared a lot of times, because sometimes I don't know how I"m going to give my family food to eat." and for this reason they have not been going to church and doing the commitments we leave them. We taught them that through, and only through exact obedience we are blessed more than we can imagine. At first we may have a lot of trials, but like it says in the scriptures, the testimony doesn't come until AFTER the trail of faith, if not it would not be faith.
And during the week I heard an incredible story of this very principle. There is a member in the ward named Jonathan, he as well is going through a lot of financial difficulties. He is a member that is always helping and supporting the missionaries. We are always calling him to help the Hermana Paz (that just got baptized) to help bring her to church when everyone falls through. He told us a story that 2 weeks ago they were getting ready for church and his little daughter says, That's weird the elders haven't called us yet to go get the Sister Paz. And he replied, That's good, so now we can go in peace.. That day the person that day fell through to take her back, so we asked him and he willing said yes. He went on to tell us he was driving and all he could think about is that he didn't know what he was going to give to the family to eat, because he had no money at all. Then without him saying a word about it to anyone the Sister Paz looks at her and says, How about you guys stay at my house to eat today. And explained that she has enough for everyone... There is the blessing in loving and serving everyone. The Lord knows what he is doing, and when we do our part in loving and serving, it opens the doors up for the Lord to bless us.
I have been put with a new comp, fresh from the MTC and from Peru. I know he will be great. He has help from both sides, before we headed out to work today, he told me. I'm doing this for my mom. I looked at him and said that's great Elder!! Then he explained to me that she passed away from blood cancer when he was only 6. He and his sister are the only members in his family of nine. But I know his testimony will get back to his house..... The Lord knows what he is doing.
I love you all so much.