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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Playing music...but not a cello. Our families making progress and more

Week 10— 7/22/2013--Quelimane, Mozambique 

“We found Candido and Marcia (a new family) while knocking doors last Saturday night. They let us in, we taught the restoration, and they came to church the next day with their two children, age 7 and 11. The next day when we visited they said that they prayed and knew that the church was true…”

Dear Familia, 

Wow, it's been pretty hot over there, hasn't it? I forget you're right in the middle of summer. The weather here has been nice, not too hot or cold. But the people here think it’s cold ha-ha. This is some of what we did this past week. Earlier this week, we visited a member family and they gave us dinner-chicken and rice. They eat a lot of chicken here. We don't always cook lunch; we usually go out to a restaurant a few times during the week. There are quite a few places to eat here that are safe and don't cost too much. Today, we will be going to a member's house for lunch and have FHE(Family Home Evening, a church program that helps bring families closer). Last week we had FHE with two families combined. We played UNO, it was pretty fun. We don't always do FHE on Mondays, though.

Our surroundings
Among other things...the grocery store is pretty close. Quelimane is not very big, so nothing is super far away. The store is small, but has all the basic necessities. They have a few American brands but all are expensive ($5 for a box of cereal, Pringles, etc. all expensive. This week, we bought ground beef and had tacos for lunch on Saturday, it was really good.

My shoes and feet are doing fine. It's a lot of walking, but I've gotten used to it by now. Having bikes would just make things more complicated, and would probably get stolen anyways, so being on foot is easier.

You can see food vendors on the street everywhere; there are people all over the place selling just about anything they can find to sell.  We can't buy food stuff from the streets; it's not safe. But the food from most restaurants is fine and safe for us to eat. We usually get a chicken and rice plate or a hamburger (yes, they have hamburgers and fries here!). 

This from the blog kept by the senior couple working here before Josh arrived, they wrote this back in April as they were about to leave: “Debbie (Sister Osborn) however, on the keyboard (among other contributions), is where the pain will be felt.  The music I fear is going to fall into serious decline.  We have no one here who can carry a tune.  She alone has kept our services from bedlam”

The music during Sacrament
Church yesterday was great. There were about 80 people at church yesterday, which is a pretty normal, the members are great, some travel long distances to be here.  Oh, I almost forgot, I play the piano during sacrament meetings. I play from the Simplified Hymns book, and I make some mistakes, but people don't really notice. Nobody else knows how to play piano or knows anything about music, so I'm the only one. We just use a small electric keyboard that's at the chapel. I practice the hymns during the week so I don't do horribly during sacrament meeting. So I'm grateful that I am definitely using my musical talent here--so to speak.

Our Investigators
Our investigators are doing well. We have a couple families that are progressing nicely. One of them, Candido and Marcia are doing really well. We found them while knocking doors last Saturday night. They let us in, we taught the restoration, and they came to church the next day with their two children, age 7 and 11. The next day when we visited they said that they prayed and knew that the church was true.  We invited them to be baptized on August 4th, and they accepted. It happens to be the day when their daughter turns 8, so she can be baptized too. They're already married and have accepted to live the word of wisdom. We still have a lot to teach them, but they'll be ready for their baptism.

There is another couple, Gomes and Joaquina that will be getting baptized on that day along with their children. Other missionaries started teaching them, and they wanted to be baptized, but they weren't married and didn't have money at the time to get married (the documents required cost money, not a lot, but this family doesn't have much). They finally got the money together and will be getting married on the 3rd and baptized also on the 4th. So in total, there will be 9 or 10 people getting baptized on that day. There is yet another investigator, a widow that might get baptized on that date also. So that's going to be great! We are very excited for all of them!

Other than that, we have a few more families that are moving along, and will probably be baptized later in August or September. We also continue to do a lot of door to door contacting. A lot of people around here work for the government and travel a lot, so it's a bit hard to find time to meet with them, but we continue to work on ways to teach them.

Every day I continue to improve in the language and in teaching. I'm being patient with that and it is working out fine.  Anyway, that's about it for this week.

I think of you guys in my prayers. Thank you for your advice and words of encouragement.

Have a great week everyone!!!
With Love,

Josh (Elder Rebollo)


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