Monday, November 23, 2015

Week #21

Good morning Family and Friends!!
Boy this week went by so flipping fast! It was a good week!! I had a very good week actually but I honestly can't think of too many details. We found one of our old investigators!!!!! His name is prince and it was such a miracle. We were going to an appointment and it fell through so we Klop'd on Princes door (in Suriname you don't knock on doors. You simply stand at the persons gate and yell "KLOP KLOP" or knock knock. It's super funny) and he came out! We taught him the Plan of Salvation because one of his family members just died and he loved it. We invited him to say the closing prayer and in his prayer he says "Heavenly Father please help and bless me with whatever I need to do to become apart of this organization" Elder Hood and I simultaneously look over at each other in the middle of the prayer and fist bump while he's still praying. It was funny but man it was so great!  Being puffed up in our pride, the Lord sent a rain storm that soaked us to the bone directly after that. It was a lot of fun! Something else this week we have been spending a lot of time training members in their callings in order to create a more self sufficient branch. It's been a lot of fun! The Braummulers are getting baptized on Saturday! It's been so awesome to teach their family. Terrik(10) and Deeshawn(8) are getting baptized. Sister Braummuler is so awesome. She is a returning less active who just came back on fire! She has already received a calling and is just so amazing. Elder Hood and I jokingly call her our mom (mom nobody can replace you it's just a joke) because she literally reminds us of our mothers. Another one of of our investigators, Ron, the one I gave up caffeine for, promised me he would stop smoking before I went home in 19 months. Wasn't quite what I wanted but I'll take it. Warning:Missions make you fat lol. I am gaining weight like crazy so that's fun. Anyways that was basically my week! I am turning 19 this week and I have almost been out for 6 months. That's just flipping nuts. Anyways Have a good week, Lobi!
-Elder Lewis

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week #20

Well, this week was rather interesting. I spent 3 days in Guyana because I was about to be illegal in Suriname so I had to go to Guyana to purchase another tourist card, or so I thought. So I get to the Airport and check in. I go to immigration and this very large Suriname lady (who looks like she hasn't had a good day since 'Nam) takes one look at my passport and goes,"Je bent illigal" (You're illegal) and she was like 'you get a red stamp in your passport and are not allowed to fly in the Caribbean for 3 years... I was like....oh no!!! My faith was dwindling but luckily Elder Christiansen and Elder Hardy both were there and their faith saved me.  (They were going through the same process as I was). He (Elder Christiansen) said a prayer asking for a miracle and by the hand of God the lady let us go this one red stamp. I was so thankful! So we fly there in, literally, the smallest plane I have ever seen and we spent three days in Guyana when we should have only spent one.....we all had one pair of clothes and got put in the mission office to sleep in which had bed bugs.....45 bites. So fun. So I get back to Suriname on Friday and I have never been so happy!! Suriname is a wonderful place. Also Elder Hood has dengy fever... so I have literally not left the apartment this whole week. Fun stuff, but I have had some awesome studies and watched a lot of general conference and also ate a lot. I officially gave up on trying not to get fat....I'm just gonna let it happen hahaha.  He's (Elder Hood) finally starting to get better and I hope and pray I don't get it. I have a few symptoms but I am hoping I don't get it LOL!! Anyway, hopefully we can leave the house soon this week!
-Elder Lewis
Flying to Guyana
Flat Guyana
Cleaning up a burnt down house in Guyana
Cleaning the Apartment
Our District
More district photos
Love this guy...ex-rastafarian, now our branch mission leader
"Helping Hands" service project
"Helping Hands" service project
"Elder Hood is the best! Love this guy!"

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week #19

Hi All,
Nothing really super exciting happened this week other than it was super long. We had a rough week as far as teaching and everything. But,  guess what?   I have to go to Guyana for a couple days to get a new tourist card. So that will be fun. I leave tomorrow and have no idea how long I will be there but I think it will be a nice change of scenery for a short while. This week we participated in the helping hands and that was fun! We painted a playground with our branch which was super fun and also hot haha. The people here are freaking out because rainy season hasn't started yet. This last week, President Egbert  had to get surgery on his eye and has been stuck in Santo Domingo. Hopefully he will make it back for zone conference tomorrow! I gave a talk in church this last Sunday and that was a super interesting experience but I was able to stumble through it! All in all, the week was good. I need to do a better job at writing down certain things to write about becasue cool things really do happen during the week.  I just can't ever remember them when I get to the emailing portion, but yeah. This week Elder Hood and I were trying to contact this one refferal we recieved and all of a sudden this 'I love Jesus parade' starts coming down the street and it was just so funny!! We just sat there and watched,  and people were pointing to us and saying "Jesus Loves You". It was pretty funny! 

-Elder Lewis

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week #18

 We had a super successful week with 5 investigators in church. It's been so much fun Elder Hood and I are killing it. I get to serve another transfer with Elder Hood in Paramaribo South which I am super glad about. I am learning so much from Elder Hood and am so grateful for him and his example. So yes I am officially done with training so now I am a normal missionary but still have no idea what i'm doing lol. But the language is getting a lot better. I have had quite a few people from the ward and people I have met on the street tell me that I am speaking fluently I still don't believe it because asa soon as I start getting prideful the Lord humbles me right away. It's fun though. Also bad news, I think I am getting fat.. I don't really know how.. I am not getting any larger in like shape but I am gaining weight like crazy. Probably because all we eat is rice and more rice and beans and then bread and eggs because we basically get like $47 US a week to survive lol. It's super fun but it's ok I have started exercising in the mornings (kind of) (5 sit ups). Onesimus got the aaronic priesthood on sunday which was so fun to be apart of. This next transfer if everything goes good, we should get like 5baptisms. We have found some amazing people.

One miracle for this week was with one of our investigators Ron. Ron is the boyfriend of a less active named cindy. We have been working very hard with them to get married but one of his other struggles is with smoking. We taught him about faith in christ and about how he can over come his addiction through that faith then we gave him a blessing the get over that addiction so he can stop and it was just such an amazing exprience. The spirit was so strong. It's so funny because Coke is a very beloved drink here among missionaries and I have currently got three more missionaries to stop drinking caffine with me to help Ron stop smoking. He came to church this last sunday with Cindy and their cute little baby and everyone just welcomed them in with loving arms. It was so good to see. That was for sure the highlight of the week. 

It's so crazy to think that on Christmas Eve I will have been out for 6 months. The time has just flown by and I am just learning so much. I invite you all to be ponderizing a scripture every week. It really helps out during the week. I am sorry I don't have any pictures this week. I should be getting a camera soon! Have a good week this week!!
-Elder Lewis