Monday, June 23, 2014
This week of miracles
This week was such a beautiful week! :D We saw the famiglia Albano after we got back from Bari, and they are doing pretty great. They are facing hard times in their lives, and are having a tough time with reading the scriptures, but they are always praying. It has been kind of a wild ride teaching them because, at times there is so much chaos in their house. But they are some of my favorite people here to work with because we are able to teach them about the gospel, and their faces seem to light up with deeper understanding every time that we go over there. We need to think of a way to help get them reading though! :)
Also, we started teaching someone new this week! His name is Roberto, but we call him Robby because he comes to English Course, so we gave him a nickname that we would use back home in the states. So, Robby is one of our English course students in the Intermedio class, and he is so fantastic! He tries really hard to get better and better at English ogni classe, and he is so sincere. I think that, in part, it was his sincerity that prompted us to start teaching him.
AND! Okay, the most important thing of the week: Martin Manole rocks my socks! Lol, he is our friend who lives in Taranto and we have been teaching him about the church for a while. He found mine and Sister Bradford's blogs, and has been reading them, searching for his name! Haha. I didn't write much about him before, but now that he told me I could write about him, I will! He's seriously such a great person though. He is 16 and he has a strong testimony of the church. He really wants to be baptized, but cannot yet do so because he needs the permission of his mom. I have faith in him though, that he will one day be baptized. Martin is one of the strongest, kindest people I have met on my mission, and I know that we will be buddies for life!
Comunque! This week, we actually saw lots of success. The Lord is blessing us to find new people and to get our finding fire back (We lost it for a bit because we are both getting tired as we grow "older" in the mission). But now, we are really rocking it and are following the guidance of Heavenly Father in our work. I know that we will see even more success next week. There is no doubt in my mind.
Annnnnd, I don't know what it is lately but I love English Course more than ever! I love our students soooooo much! And I am learning how to teach both of our classes well (me and Sorella Bradford switch betweeen them). I thought advanced went really bene this week because I kept good command over the class. Usually they have tendencies to get off track because they have a lot of random questions about things like "How do you take out a loan in the US?" or, "How do you do a mortgage in the US", sometimes even, "If I want to live as a homeless person in the states, how do I find a homeless shelter and get free medicine?", and just other life questions that I really don't know the answers to all the time. BUT this time, I had such a firm hand over the lesson and I was able to teach it bene without distractions! I felt really accomplished! And Intermedio was great as usual. They are so open to learn and we always get to play silly games together to get us talking together fluently in English. The other day, I made up a game where one student had to be the computer (we were talking about Computers) and tell the owner of the computer what was wrong. Then the owner had to talk to a technician to get the problem fixed. The class loved it, and we all laughed so much together about it because at one point, the computer "had a fork lodged in the screen!" It was so great! Our friend Giuseppe got a real kick out of it too! He said, "Sorella, è un spettacolo!" Him and his wife, Ida, have been really good sports about all the games and they always make it 10 times funner to be in class! You can have a great lesson plan but it doesn't work unless the class is receptive and ready to roll up their sleves and learn and participate. :)
Also, I went on the biggest miracle scambio ever to Crotone where I got to see the Sorella Kimball again and I was able to serve for a bit with the Sorella Rost! :D Now, why was this a scambio of miracoli? Because the Sorelle had planned a total of 3 appointments for our companionship and they all fell through. Why is that a miracle? I'll tell you: we ended up doing finding the rest of the evening and we seriously found sooo many people who were ready for the gospel. At the end of the day, we found a total of 15 contacts (some being potential families!). It was one of the most miracle-packed days of my mission, and it was a huge blessing that Sorella Rost and I got to experience that together. I also refound my love for finding people to teach.
Also, as we were going home from Crotone, it looked like we would miss our train. We rushed to the station after a bit of walking and I said a silent prayer to myself, saying, "Heavenly Father, please bless that the train will be 5 minutes late." We got to the station, thought we would miss the train, and then we heard an announcement that the train would be exactly 5 minutes late! We see so many miracles every day here.
Welp, that is all for now! I hope that you all have a good week!