Extracts from the best email ever are shown below. I practically had to copy the entire email this week! Enjoy! :)
On Mondays missionaries have a day off their teaching- instead they do all their shopping, washing, writing home, etc. Here is a clip from last Monday: "After e-mails we went and played football at a seriously
pants pitch at the district centre (Duala) - about half way through it
started literally raining cats and dogs - it seriously crazy! We
actually continued to play for about an hour on a totally totally
flooded, tilted, unbelievably muddy pitch. It just wasn't sport - I've
never been so dirty!! Came back to the appartment drenched and dirty to
skinnn. I washed in the water I'd cleaned in this morning (we have
to use water in 2 or 3 ways before we get rid of it!! =)"
While messing around with some of the missionaries last Monday in their house he ran into door! :
"I now genuinely have a lightning scar on my forehead! Everyone in Africa
asks you what you did whenever you have a cut, so last week I was
explaining to all of my investigators how I'd stuck my finger in the fan
( I lopped off half my finger last week =P) and now I'm going to have
to explain how and 'why' I walked into a door with a nail sticking out
of it. Sure enough, I had to relate this story many times this week!!"
"On Wednesday heaven opened up its trapdoor!! I was given a wonderful care package from Rui and Ashlea (Sousa) from
Dear Elder and 35 Dear Elder letters! =O New mission record!! Also 2
hand written letters!! Ahh it's so amazing how incredibly supportive everyone has been to
me!! =D Just so overwhelmed with the love everyone's shown - I still
haven't finished the Dear Elders! =O Reading them I genuinely feel that I
can defeat anything and everything!! So touched by the kind and
inspiring words of everyone!! =D Just amazing =D"
On Thursday he said: "Ahh I got 2 packages today!!! One from the Wests and one
from the Pereiras!! Ahh so lovely of them!! =D I also got letters!!!! Ahhh I have letters!!!!! It's so lovely to read them, just
so lovely!! =D"
Friday: "Woah today I REALLY understood why
they give us wellies! Doe Community isn't just flooded it's an African
Venice! Although they don't have gondolas to get from one house to the
next, they have wooden plank bridges sprouting from the river - the
wooden planks are about 20-25cm wide at some points. At one point we had
to get from one house to another crossing a 'bridge' about quarter of a
mile long! So if you can imagine us, with bags on our backs with
scriptures in - he has half the district's funds in his back pocket
(he's District Leader), I have the other half (I'm in charge of food money..?!) and
the phone - and of course we're suited and booted (literally) tip-toeing
as you do across one of those 3 metre-ish long poles as part of one of
those apparatus courses you'd see in a playground - but this time if you
fall, you fall into a poo infested, exotic animal dwelling, goodness
knows how deep, West African river - wo be-tide anyone who wants to come
the other way! Ironically the person we were going to see wasn't in! =)
I actually did get stuck in 2 bogs - which was horrible! You genuinely
feel hopeless and helpless =P"
Saturday: "Ahh today started hard! Veeeery hot and uncomfortable in
personal and comp study and feeling sorry for myself. I left the
apartment honestly thinking this is going to be a hard day! Was I
right?! No! Today was so incredible! Just loved eevery lesson and really
felt the spirit! Really did love it =) We saw Sister Juliet first, which
was super 'cos 3 different people walking by stopped and listened to
what we were teaching - it's always so uplifting when this happens, you
just kind of hand out more and more pamphlets aboput what you're
teaching and Book of Mormon as you go so they can read along - The Lord's hand
guides this work so much! Everyone just loves and understands so much
what we're teaching!! The only explanation is that the spirit is
whispering to them 'this isn't new, you know this, this is true."
Sunday: "Ahh today the chapel got broken into, which was sad! They stole
2 sewing machines and just made a mess. Unfortunately no-one knew until 15 minutes before the
On Monday: "Today we discovered that out appartment was broken into over night!
Our big fuel tank (for the generator) was stolen and the oil for it too. The
fuel was full as well"
Wow, what an education in life! Thank you EVERYONE so much who has sent him letters and packages. Keep them coming since they seem to take a longggg time coming and then all come at once!