June 26, 2016

Nausori - Week 16

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This week was a week of miracles.  We saw so much progress in our area this week and were able to top it off with an amazing baptism.  

It all started out with a great exchange with Elder Hamon from Australia.  We went to see a few people in our area and all of a sudden this old guy sitting on an upside down boat called us over.  We talked to him a bit and found out his name was Ilaitia and he wanted our help.  He was facing a lot of problems in his village and his family.  He claimed that everyone was against him and because of that he couldn't go to church (since everyone in the village is Methodist).  So we were able to talk to him and help him through a few things.  He really wants to come to our church but said he wanted to get a white shirt and tie before he came so he promised that he would come next week.  We tried to explain that it was okay he didn't need to have a white shirt and tie but he wouldn't take no for an answer!  It was pretty funny but he said he really wants to join our church so we'll see how that goes.  Right as we walked away from him we met a less-active we were trying to see named Buke and within the first 5 minutes he told us he wanted us to baptize his son who is 10 years old.  The son is way stoked about it, and they came to church on Sunday!  All of that happened within a 30 minute span let's just say it was pretty productive!

We also have been working with Misiviliame a lot and he is pretty excited for his baptism this week.  We had an activity this week up near where he lives actually at the Biu's house.  It was way fun!  It was a public holiday on Friday, so the ward did a big lovo (earth-oven feast) up at their house.  We took Misi and had a few other investigators.  We slaughtered chickens, plucked them, butchered them and then cooked them (in curry).  It was great!  The Bius loved it and it was great for their older children who aren't yet members of the church.  

We have another really strong member in Nausori, Sister Tunikula, who is really old and had a stroke awhile ago so she has a really bad stutter when she talks.  But despite that she is still doing missionary work!  She brought her great-nephew and great-niece to church the past two weeks, and now they really love church.  We started teaching them and they want to be baptized as well!  It's super fun teaching them!

The week topped off with a great baptismal service for Evia.  It was a bit of a hassle getting her out of her house, off her porch and up into the car.  It has been a long time since she has been out of the house, so she was understandably a little nervous.  But we got her there and then we had to get her down into the baptismal font which was another hassle.  What we did was put her on a chair and then carry her down on the chair.  There were four of us in the baptismal font with her and we managed to baptize her.  It was a very spiritual time especially afterwards when she was bearing her testimony!  It was a great day and a good reminder that no matter how old someone is they can still follow Jesus Christ.


Elder Harris

Evia's Baptism

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