Monday, October 31, 2016

Week #69

Hello One and All,
This week was a hot one and a more difficult than usual one. We are working tirelessly to build up this great branch and trying our best to find people through our own efforts. It seemed as thought every person we talked to was either Jehovah's Witness, a pastor for another church or just people who flat out don't like white people. It was a good time though. In times of trial in missionary work I am often caused to think on the Savior. Through working hard areas I have really come to know in a very special way what Christ has done for me. It's a priceless thing that can be experienced no other way. This week we were able to reactivate Monica Stuart. She's coming back with fire and it's so great to see. We have also been seeing a ton of success in our less actives in teaching them the Gospel. We have been blessed through our efforts in working as hard as we can and being diligent even when nothing is going right. We were able to meet two young couples who have been being prepared by the Lord for years now. This week I discovered pure acacia berries. A member of ours produces it and it's awesome. It's like super juice I'll try and send some pictures if I can figure out why this computer will not let me up load pictures. But over all it was a fantastic week and a very learning week. As the time goes on I realize how short missions are but nothing else will ever come close to the joy, thrill and burden born with gratitude that I have felt :)
-Elder Lewis

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week #68

Hello one and all,
This week was sweet. First off, a past investigator of mine got married this week and I was able to attend it and it just made me so happy:) I remember when I was at the lesson that they committed for that date. It blows my mind just how great it was! Everyone was so happy and they both are now on the path to baptism and temple marriage! We had a lot of success this week in working with our members and finding two new families. One of the families we found was actually so inspired. Turns out the wife Nicole went to the church about 15 years ago and knows a ton of members. It was a tender moment for me to see them be touched as we testified that we had prayed and felt inspired to come to that city and that street in which that lived. The Lord leads us to the prepared and it was a huge testimony builder for me. We biked at lead 170 miles this week. Something else that we organized this last week is that we will be teaching a free English class to Haitian Refugees to help them be able to get jobs. One of our investigators Jupiter speak decent enough English in order for us to help the rest. We are excited for the great opportunity! I finally am going to get off pictures this week. I hit 16  months today and time is going way too fast but I am loving every second of it! This Gospel is true and will fill the earth. We had 32 people at church which is the highest that this struggling branch has had since no body remembers when. Thirty-two PLUS in an insane number and we were pretty excited. Being a trainer has been such a learning experience. I have the best companion who is just so humble and willing to learn. I am thankful for the trust that the Lord has put in me to be a zone leader and trainer and I am learning so much from it. Our zone is deemed to be the most productive and effective zone in the whole mission. Elder Jennings and I were pretty proud of that. Anyway, love you all!
-Elder Lewis
**As a side note, last week when Tanner was telling me about biking hundreds of miles through the deep jungle, I asked him if he was ever nervous about something jumping out at him.  He replied, "Well, I wasn't until just NOW when you said that!!".  
I'm sure he sent me these photos because of my comment.  Little stinker!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week #67

Hello one and all,
I realize I have been lacking on the pictures and apologize and will try my best to get some uploaded next week. (maybe) Well this week I would venture to guess we biked about 170-200 miles. It has been wild and we've just been working as hard as we can to build up this area. We found a branch directory this week and out of the 100+ members in our branch only about 5 are active.. so we have identified who we want to start working with and are going from there. We found so many families this week and are excited to follow up on all of them. The Lord is blessing us in our efforts to find the elect. A cool experience I had this week was when we were out and about the other day. Our 5 o'clock appointment had canceled that morning due to sickness so we did not think too much of it because the Suriname definition of sick isn't really my definition of sick.. But we were biking around and I get the impression that she wants a blessing. So we bike on over there and sure enough she asked us for one right there. It was sweet and I know the spirit leads the Lords servants where they need to go. Our investigator Dukins is getting baptized on the 12th of November we are super pumped for that. He is changing his life around. 
Alma 27:18 (cross referenced with Proverbs 17:22)
18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness.
Proverbs 17:22
22 merry heart doeth good like a medicine:
I pondered a lot about what a "humble seeker of happiness" is and I came across this scripture in proverbs. I thought about us as people as we experence trials we tend to always turn outward. I thought of Ammon and his brentheren as they served their missions and it was not easy to say the least. but These saints sought to do good like a medicine to heal their wearied hearts. That is how we experence joy in our lives. 

This Gospel is true and I am just loving life right now proclaiming the restored Gospel :)
-Elder Lewis

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week #66

Hello Everyone,
 This week was a sweat filled week. We are just working so so so hard to build up this long time "dead area". This is seriously an area that no missionary wants to serve in and I have been having a really hard reason seeing why. We have been seeing so many miracles this week. We received 11 new investigators this week. Not all are super solid but 5 of them at least are. We had an investigator come to church this week named Dukins. He is from Haiti and speaks very good English. We have committed him to be baptized and will put him on date tonight. We are so excited to be able to work more closely with him. We are just having the best time, we are biking close to 40 miles a day and talking to everything that moves. We had 22 people at church this week which is also unheard of in Uitkijk. Btw uitkijk in English mean look out. I am grateful for this opportunity to work here. Life is so great as a missionary!
John 4:14
 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that shall give hishall never thirstbut the water that shall give him shall be in him well of water springing up into everlasting life.

This scripture has hit me very hard. I have met a lot of people looking for something more and really don't know where to find it. It's a testimony of Jesus Christ that allows that comfort and peace in life and allows us to never thirst. And unlike a glass of water that is empty once finished, Christ's never is empty and provides the continual peace necessary to endure to the end!

Lobi, Elder Lewis