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Monday, July 2, 2012
German Word of the Week: praktisch (PRACK-tish) It is very similar to English, and you can probably figure out what it means on your own. For those of you not so gifted, it means ''practical''.
It is crazy to think that we are already into July now. This week we finally accomplished the work that missionaries have been doing for over 4 years now, and committed Frau Däunert to be baptized on the 21st of July. It is still a ways away, so are going to go through the lessons with her again to keep her excited. She also attended church with us on Sunday for the entire 3-hour block, but she was not too fond of Frauenhilfsvereinigung (Relief Society) because she did not feel like she fit in. She called herself a Black Sheep, and said that she still feels like a guest. What she doesn't understand yet is that we are all black sheep, and that we are all guest in the Lord's house. In other words, she is converted spiritually, but not quite yet socially. She is the sweetest old lady and will do amazingly once she becomes a member.
Wednesday was also a hard day, especially the first half of the day. I was not able to sleep very well Tuesday night, and it has been crazy hot this week (I am experiencing the blazing sun during the day and monsoons during the night just like my brother in Iowa), so I was dying while in one of our lessons, and then I almost got hit by a car on my bike, and then later I almost got hit by a bike when we were walking to an appointment. During lunch, I just prayed for some strength to make it through the day, and I was somehow able to make it. After that, the week went great. On Thursday, we had a joint-teach with a family that we are hoping will choose to get baptized. It is a single mom and her 6-year-old son, and we have had about three lessons with them so far.
Other than that, we are continuing doing our Straßeausstelungs (street displays) about once a week in one of the cities of our district, working with tons of less active- and part-member- families, and moving the work along here on the border of Poland. Also, we got our new mission president on Saturday. I will meet him on Friday at zone conference, so I will let you guys know how awesome he is.
I hope you guys have an awesome rest of the week and that you can know that God is always there to lift you up.