We received transfers this week and I will be staying with Sister Cortez and our area expanded to include the area of the Elders. It will be a lot work since we still have Temple Dedication References and their investigators to contact and work with. Also in both areas we are working on a project that is being done in three different missions here in Brazil.
We have a lot records that were sent back to the Church Brazilian Headquarters because the people for many years were not active. The church is always trying to find ways to recontact these people and reactivate. We have about 100 people in our ward that are inactive. Sister Cortez and I have to find and contact every one of them and if they still live there, reteach and reactivate. It is a lot of work but definitely worth it as our ward will be splitting soon because the chapel in Parque 10 will finished and the members will attend there and there will not be many families staying. Also Elder Costa gave us a promise that for every person we reactive there will be one baptism.
As for an investigator report…I only have Jessica/Andrea which I not really sure count as investigators now…
Both of our baptisms fell through because both of them did not show up for the interviews and one powered off his phone this entire week and the other was never at home for us to talk too. So pretty much they ran from the water. Bruno was really promising so I hoping that we can contact him this coming transfer and prepare him again.
As for Jessica/Andrea, we visited this past Monday and only Jessica was home. She loved the Book of Mormon and had already read to Alma 45! in one week! She reminded me a lot of Laura because she 11 years old and loves reading. We read with her and talked about the importance of applying what we read to our lives. Later this week when we called to reconfirm our appt. because it was about to rain, she told us that she and her family were out of state and that she could not meet with us ever again. We are hoping to go back this next week to teach the first lesson a little bit more and continue with their progression.
So since we only have about two investigators and a couple of potentials that can only really meet on the weekends because of work we will be working a lot on finding more, project rescue, and working in Parque 10.
President Klein talked with Sister Cortez and said that there is a possibility that we will have a division after this week and I will stay in our area with a short term missionary and Sister Cortez will go to the other area with a different short term missionary for the rest of the transfer. It still up in the air but it would be nice to have since we are taking the omnibus almost everyday this week to work in the different areas.
Another thing this week is we have interviews with President Klein and lunch with all the zones here in Manaus.
So all in all this week will be very interesting with everything there is to do. As I am listening to the Christmas Devotional of this year, I cannot but feel grateful for the church and the opportunities we have to share the message of Christ during this time and season.
I know our Redeemer lives and that he truly watches and cares for us. I hope ya´ll have a great week preparing for Christmas and celebrating!
Love Ya´ll, Vos Amo!