WE HAVE A NEW INVESTIGATOR!!... and he's a Finn. (No english) Ahh.. the week is looking hopeful! After about 4 lessons falling through this week, we finally had a lesson at the church with a man who is about 60. We had role played and really talked about this lesson for quite a few days and the first two attempts to have the lesson fell through because he cancelled on the first two. The lesson went well and the member that came was so awesome. We were able to give him a church tour after the lesson and it was just such a great feeling afterwards. While we were in the lesson, we asked him about whether he had been a part of other churches or whether religion had ever played a big part in his life. He said that he hasn't really ever been involved with a church before, but has talked with Jehovah Witnesses, and people from a Helantai church before. He said he Never really felt like it was right or that he should keep learning more, but that during our lesson and also the first time when the Sister's who referred him to us contacted him on the street and had talked to him, he just kept having a warm feeling in his heart. It was so good to hear. The church is true and the spirit is real. That lesson was yesterday and we have another return appointment with him on thursday. We are so excited. The only downside to all of this is that I couldn't understand a lot of what he said in the lesson and because Sister Allen is two months behind me, she understood even less than that. It was just really great that we had prepared a lesson and gone over it a lot, and also that we had a member who spoke enough English to be able to explain some things to us after the lesson. We are definitely going to need the help of the members, but I know that with their help and with the help of the Lord, we will be able to teach him. I just feel really good inside about this investigator and I am just grateful that we finally have someone interested enough to keep learning more and having us teach them.
FUNNY STORY FOR THE WEEK:
We had scheduled a return appointment with a potential investigator last week and this week we were going for our lesson, but when we showed up, no one was home... or so we thought. We rang the doorbell twice and I swore I saw some shadow move in the house, but I just figured maybe I was imagining things. So we decided to leave a pass along card with a note on it that we had come and to call us, in her mail slot. I was standing By the side of the house using the side of the house to write on the little card while sister Allen just kept looking through the big Window of the house haha. Well then all the sudden she just kind of laughs and says, oh haha I just made eye contact with someone... awkward. So then I'm like really? And she says yep, some kid in the house just peeked around the corner and I made eye contact with him. So then we run out of the yard fast and then finish the note and die of laughter. I guess it was her 16 year old son who had answered the door a few weeks ago. It was rather funny and slightly frustrating too though that he wouldn't answer the door, but that's alright. We got a good laugh out of it.
The other frustrating story of this week is that we decided to contact a former and his wife and when we knocked on the door and asked if we could come share a small message about families with them, he just said, "We've already heard your message and we're not interested." So then I just said "alright well can we leave this pamphlet of the Family Proclamation with your family? It just tells more about how we can strengthen our homes through Christ." His response was this, "We're not interested in strengthening our family through Christ." He wouldn't even take the pamphlet and it just was sad to hear him say that. Then we saw them in the grocery story today and I just thought, gosh I sure hope he changes his mind and feels bad about what he said and how he acted. One day he will be ready!
Well that's about it for this week!! I am just so grateful for all the Lord is blessing us with! This week was really great and I am excited for this coming week! I love the Lord and I know that he is with us always. He cares about us and loves us. God has a plan for all things and all people and we just have to be obedient, be patient, love him, and let his plan fold out as it should. I love you all and I am so grateful for everyone! Make yourself a great week!!!