Sunday, November 20, 2016

Welcome to the Bridge

Well here we are. Transfers have come and gone. Our whole group has almost stayed the same. Except for our favorite red headed missionary. He has transferred out. Welcome to the bridge Elder Bair (yes as in หมี ).

This week started off a bit rocky with some soaring 102 degree fevers and the usual stomach problems cause of some spoiled chicken that we ate for a few days in a row....But we knew that this too shall pass. And it did.

A member asked for some help in painting a few rooms. We ended up painting her whole apartment. Good, fun, and a great project the whole 6 elders got to work on together.

We've been trying to do a whole lot more service and less active and semi active member work here in Rangsit to maintain steady growth. And this week has been way productive in these aspects of the work. We have been so blessed with opportunities to be serving others and meeting with a lot more members that haven't been able to come to church because of various reasons. Working with these people is so much fun and just such an amazing opportunity. We get to learn about their stories, why they first came into the church, why they converted to Christianity. All of these people have got such an amazing story and truly have seen their lives change from the gospel. It's such a sweet blessing to be working here in Thailand and an even BIGGER blessing to be working here in Rangsit.

The child.

Yesterday to finish our Sunday on a good note we went out as a District and just did a mass district inviting blitz. Went down to some bus stops and just talked to everyone.

Fun highlights from this super short 30ish minutes of finding...
  • Motorbikes drive wherever they want. Including the sidewalk. Yes it is illegal. But they do it. So as 6 Americans are walking along the sidewalk. We sorta make a barricade. Usually they just honk their horn and we move but we were inspired by some members to not let them go....Of course not the best. But they did slow down and it gave the new missionaries and opportunity to practice talking to people on the go. No way you can get past us if we don't move out of the way. And no way are we moving out of the way if you haven't been invited at least 3 times.
  • Sometimes there are people that we always talk to. Love them so much, this one lucky guy got invited by all 6 of us. As we are talking we don't always keep the best track of who has already been talked to.
  • Got some people really pumped to quit smoking by smashing their cigarettes and throwing them off the bridge.

From Left to Right "Ellis, Bair, McKay, Decker, Bunker, Smith"

Matthew 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven"

There was some talk about how if you are good, you should go out and be straightforward and say and exclaim how good you are. Correct. To an extent. But so much more powerful is when your actions exceed that of your words. I've seen some of the best examples of really quiet people that were just the most amazing workers. Go out and let your actions show who you are. Do it with all your heart, might, mind, and strength.

Stay stoked.

Elder แลลิส
Forward Ever. Stopping Never.

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