September 15, 2014Buenos Días puejj!
Once more I am here in the humid Santa Cruz to preach the gospel to all of these fantastic people! Yup, my ¨Chapaco¨ days in Tarija are over. Goodbye to the best weather ever, goodbye to a bunch of fantastic convert families, goodbye the the Zona Guadalquivir that I have babied with my whole heart for 4.5 months. . . AND HELLO to Santa Cruz! HELLO to training a brand new missionary! HELLO to opening a brand new area (El Fuerte 3)! HELLO to being District leader!
Yes, I am training again. His name is Elder Trinidad and he's GREAT! He's 23 years old and a convert to the Church. He was baptized when he was 17. He is from Lima, Peru. He has a pure heart, and it is so fun to once more be with a brand new companion who thinks the sky is the limit. Even though we are opening a brand new area and arrived to 0 investigators, he is hyped up to talk with everyone on the street and preach the restored gospel. I can´t complain!
Random note, in the Training Meeting that was for all the new trainers Elder Peña was there, being prepped to train his 2nd hijo! Let me break down a bit of Genealogy for
ya´ll... I trained Elder Peñaranda 3 months (son), He right after trained Elder Peña 3 months (grandson), He right after trained Elder P. . . (don't remember how to say his last name but it too starts with a P) for 1.5 months, and now Elder Peña is training Elder . . (Don't remember his name at the moment either but he's a gringo great grandson!). Thus making me a father of 2, with 1 grandson and 2 great grandsons in less than a years time. . . Talk about multiplying and replenishing the earth!
Thanks to everyone for your letters and prayers. I have felt comforted as I take on what has been the hardest challenge I have faced yet in the mission field, or better said, my life. I know the Lord is with me and will bless us to successfully open this new area and find his lost sheep.