Monday, September 5, 2016

Clowning Around

Week of August 29-September 4th, 2016
(29) SEGUNDA (Monday):  P-day today.  A bunch of people from 1st ward asked me to come back to visit, but unfortunately I can’t.  We can’t leave our area.  I made a bunch of delicious cookies for the zone meeting tomorrow.  I’m becoming quite the master of that.    Today was day 418 of my mission.
(30) TERCA (Tuesday):  Today was a very good rainy day.  We found a couple of new investigators who showed a lot of interest.  We also had to go back to 1st ward to do a baptism interview of Diorgenes.  We walked in, and it was a dinner with all the youth. They saw us, yelled, “McKee!”  And came to hug me.  Everyone was there.  I called Elder Bezerra, who is now district leader in my zone, and let him talk to some of them. 
            This morning before the zone meeting, where I saw Bezerra again, Simara and Marcos showed up to say hi. T hey were on their way to be married.  Their baptism will be on the first of October!  WOOT WOOT!  I got so happy. 
The red noses are a training we did for the zone on working happily, or joy in the work. The sisters brought clown noses to do the practices and you had to teach the lesson making the people laugh.  There are 22 missionaries in our zone.

 Jake and Elder Bezerra
 Elder Monticelo's 'funeral' since this is his last transfer.  

Today was a very good day.  Today was day 419 of my mission.
(31) QUARTA (Wednesday):  Today was a division, and I went to Santa Maria with Elder Dias, the assistant.  He’s super good.  It was a good day, and we found a typewriter in the house, so we wrote a bunch of stuff.  Today was day 420 of my mission.
            Today was rain, rain, rain.  So, to get form our apartment to the church, we have to walk for 45-50 minutes.  Our area is huge.  Past missionaries only worked here close to the apartment and they didn’t find success, because it’s very hard to find someone willing to follow 2 young men and walk for an hour.  They only walked here because they were too lazy to walk everyday to the houses close to the church.  I told Elder Marcelino that we would ONLY be working close to the chapel. Other missionaries say that the houses close to the church have all been knocked. 
            But today we went knocking and found a woman called Yolanda.  She said she had never talked to the missionaries the years that she lived there, but that our message seemed like the answer to her prayers.  She readily accepted the baptism invite and wants to go to church. Today was day 421 of my mission.
(2) SEXTA (Friday):  Today was a very uneventful day.  But I’m happy. Today was day 422 of my mission.
(3) SABADO (Saturday):  We went to the house of Bryan and Karjan, 2 less actives.  We went at 7:30, more or less. We talked a little and then Karjan asked if we would have dinner with them.  We accepted, and she went preparing it.  She got everything ready.  We were going to eat fish, and when she went to turn on the stove they were out of gas.  In all the houses here everyone has a propane tank that they use.  So, they called for a new gas, and it took 45 minutes to come.  Now it’s about 8:45 and we need to be home at 9:00 to make a bunch of calls.  But she put it in the stove.  Long story short, we get home at 10:15 and every time President or one of the assistants called I went into the other room.  But the fish was super good.  Today was day 423 of my mission.
(4) DOMINGO (Sunday):  No rain, but it was cold.  Here church is in the afternoon, so our entire day is used up.  But today was good.  Today was day 424 of my mission.
Really it’s pretty difficult in this area. It’s dead. Totally dead. We´re starting from nothing. I need your prayers. :) We´re searching for miracles here. 

Love you all!!!  Elder McKee
Elder Jesus Santos, Elder Bezerra, Simara, Marcos, Jake, and Elder ____

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