Some big things are happening this week. I guess stuff happened last week too, so I’ll talk about both.
It’s been another good week. With transfers winding down, we’ve been out a lot more trying to meet people and find new investigators. We succeeded in in that respect. We received a referral from on of the members to teach 2 people in her extended family and we had our first lesson with them this week. So 2 new investigators! The downside is that they live in the area of another set of missionaries, so we had to hand off those 2 people over to them. If there’s one success that Elder Thái and I have had together, it’s finding new people to teach…for other missionaries😇Free of charge. Those who have served missions can understand the paradox of that. If we were able to keep teaching all the people that we’ve found, we’d have like a bajillion investigators. We could use it because our investigator pool is running a little low. After dropping a couple because they were no progressing, we have 1 left: Anh Khoa, and he’s preparing for baptism this month. Lots of finding is going to get done this next couple weeks haha. Maybe we’ll find some people that actually live in our area😁Fingers crossed.
(picture: -Our last photos with Elder Vuong before he goes to serve in Anaheim! We miss you buddy! He is from Hanoi, Vietnam)
My visa run to Cambodia went pretty smoothly, it just took the whole day. It wasn’t until the lasdt second that I realized I was going by myself with two of the sister missionaries who were also getting their visas done. Normally, an elder going off on his own without his companion with 2 sisters is a big no-no, but the mission president’s wife said it was ok, so I didn’t question it. Our time there was filled with adventure and intrigue, including Vietnamese/Cambodian guys on motorbikes flocking all around us and demanding that we get on their bikes so that they can drive us 300 feet for an expensive amount of money (we respectfully declined), and then border officials who tried to get us to give them extra money so that they could go get coffee (also respectfully declined). It was a tiring trip.
Finally, to close out this email, we had transfer calls and I’m moving out! Apparently, the Lord sees fit that I should move back up to serve in Hanoi, in the branch that I first served in when I first arrived. I’ll be in a different area, but I’m excited to go up and see a lot of old friends. I will be serving as zone leader with a new elder named Anh Cả Công. I can’t say that I feel qualified or ready in any sense of the word for the new responsibility, but the Lord sees that there’s something to be learned from these next few weeks, and if anything, I am excited to see what He has in store.
As usual, I hope everyone is doing well. God bless you all and I’ll talk to you all again next week!
-A Vietnamese bus bench, if you can even call it a bench. “Sit on the rod, the iron rod”
-Eating on the floor at a member’s home