"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear..." - 2 Timothy 1:7
First of all, sorry that I didn´t write a general e-mail last week! I was busy sending pictures so I didn´t get around to writing much :) But I still thought of all of you, I promise :)
Ten minutes later, the man on the motorcycle came back with our bags! He had somehow managed to get everything back. A kind couple from the street drove us home and made sure we were doing okay when we got there. I will forever be in debt to those generous people. It is amazing how God provides in our time of need. I have learned so much from the generosity of complete strangers during this experience. And I know that God was watching out for us.
The rest of this week has been almost as hectic as Tuesday, complete with visits to the office, renewing Sister Bundy´s visa at the police headquarters, teaching a bunch of amazing people, and eating A TON of chocolate :) We taught a new investigator named Fran this week, and she is so prepared and wonderful! She and her son came to church this week and they really liked it. She even asked if we could come visit her neighbor sometime this week. I love that when people realize how the Gospel is blessing their life and the lives of their families, they can´t wait to share it with their friends and neighbors.
Another exciting thing: Julio passed the sacrament this week!! I almost started crying when I saw him up there in his new white shirt looking nervous and excited :) He goes back to Bolivia this week, and although I´m going to miss him, I know he is excited to see his family again and share the Gospel with his wife and daughters. If I go my whole mission without another baptism, it will all be worth it. He is truly elect.
Another miracle: Money has been a little tight this transfer because we had to pay a bunch of bills, but this week, we were walking along as always when I saw something on the ground. I bent down, picked it up, and it was a $50 bill! There was no one around, so we couldn´t give it back to whoever dropped it. We are currently saving it for someone who needs it. It was a good reminder for me this week that God is always looking out for us :)
I hope you all had a great week and are enjoying the cold weather of The United States :) I miss you all very much but I am happy to be here serving the people of Brazil. Don´t forget your prayers!!
All my love,