Friday, May 1, 2015

We lost Pumba....

So at the start of this transfer we were put into a trio and Hermana Shupe who loves The Lion King called me Simba, Hermana Ponce Tamon, and herself Pumba. Hermana Shupe went home today this Monday. With the many talks with the president and even a few calls from home it was decided that it would be the best for the mission and her happiness. She was suppose to head out this past Friday but with the volcano that erupted in Chile her plan was canceled and she had to return to our trio and stick it out in the awkward middle ground with us for another 3 days. But we know she is so much more happy now and that she will be working hard in her own Ward with many more new goals we helped her create before she left. 

BUT! We had 2 investigators in the church with a baptism date for the 16th of May. Daniel and Luis. Luis is much more interesting so I will share about him today. He is a heavy alcoholic. He drinks 6 liters EVERYDAY. This was his 3rd time to come to church and he has never been able to make it through a full church service because of his need to drink. But Saturday before church he expressed how he just wants to stay. More than anything he wants to stay but something is pulling him out every time. So on Sunday when he could not bare it anymore and he got up to leave Hna Ponce and I followed him out. We talked with him for another 30 minutes helping him see how he can over come it and beat it and have the control to stay just a bit longer and make it just a bit longer before his next drink. But the conversation ended and he basically told us that he can not do it and that alcohol already had beaten him and he is going to have to live that way. He said he wanted to do it but it is too hard. That he had already drunk 2 liters that morning and received test results from the doctor that he was going to die if he did not stop so he asked us if we would bring a flower to his funeral and if we saw him in the street to not even bother to say hello....and he left. 

BUT! When we were out working Sunday night guess who was staying in the church doors...LUIS MUNOZ! He waved and so we went to talk to him. He apologized and asked if we could go in and sit and talk. He told us that after he left he went home and slept....ate.....DID NOT DRINK....and came back to the church. He started asking everyone if they had seen a little short tiny girl and tall rubia walking around. They informed him that we were the missionaries he said yeah them and then justo we passed by the church...he waved us down and there we were talking to him :) And for the first time he let us start with a prayer :) Goodness. It is going to be so much work but with his desires to change and the trust he has in us and more importantly his relationship with God, Luis Munoz has a lot of changes coming his way. And I feel nothing but blessed to see him every step of it. 

Oh and do not be alarmed with my pink streak in the picture. A lady in our ward wanted to work on my blond hair. She does hair but never sees anyone with my color so we let her and it came out so dang blue. The pink was actually her correction for the time because we did not have the time get all the color out. (This was last p day). But no worries it is already fixed...kind-of :) 

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