#72

10:00 PM

January 19, 2014

Oh guys, this week has been so crazy. So many things happened!


I have been on such an emotional roller coaster. After losing complete contact with Evangeline, I literally just stopped sleeping. I felt like I had ruined everything that Buhler Shimai and I had been working so hard to build up. I lay there in my futon every night just feeling awful at the horrible missionary that I was. Which is dumb because obviously it isn't really my fault. But when you search for someone to blame, sometimes the closest thing to you is yourself. Anyway. I was really up and down. 

Clingo Shimai and I realized that there wasn't much left to do for Evangeline if she was just going to ignore us. So we decided just to focus on the things that we CAN do... namely fasting and prayer. We asked the Bishop, another member and Matsumoto Shimai (another member and our dear friend) to fast and pray with us on Tuesday. I also know that there were a lot of other ward members, missionaries, and family members praying for them too. 

Guys, never before have I felt the strength that comes from people united in prayer as I did this past week. Seriously - I FELT it. And it produced a miracle. On Thursday - after still no success of making contact we decided to go with Matsumoto Shimai to go visit her. I was really nervous. I didn't know what was going to happen or what I was going to say to her. I felt like I was about to face a boy after an awkward break up or something. But right as we walked up to her apartment, EVANGELINE WAS LEAVING. Seriously, that was SUCH a huge miracle. I don't know if she would have opened the door for us. But she was kind of forced to talk to us on the steps. Oh gosh - right as I saw her I just froze. She apologized and just said that she was too embarrassed to face us. She felt ashamed. She thought that we would judge her for the things that she had done. (Girl, you have no idea where we have been! We are ALL SINNERS). 

I hardly said a word. Clingo Shimai and Matsumoto Shimai were just assuring Evangeline that we loved her and that God loved her. Then Evangeline turned to me and said, ''I'm especially sorry to you, Sister Smith.'' (She does know me best after all). And then I just started crying. She hugged me and I hugged her and I just sobbed in her shoulder. I told her how much I loved her and how much I had been praying for her and worrying about her. 

Anyway, this is just a sob story. But I saw a miracle this week. Fasting and prayer work, people. From there we talked to her a while and we were able to meet with her again. I don't know when she'll be baptized because she has a long road of change ahead of her - but she is grateful to have us back in her lives and we are going to continue teaching her as usual. We had another great lesson with her on Saturday. It's all good, now! Everything's going to be okay!

Next. Seguchi. Freak, that Grandma is the cutest thing in the whole wide world. Last week we taught her about the Sabbath Day. I asked her, ''Seguchi-san, what is the most important thing in your life?'' and she responded, ''Besides Jesus Christ?'' Awww, she is so cute. She is just such a pure, sweet spirit. She is slowly but surely progressing. We intend to finish the lessons with her this week and we're hoping to get her baptized by the end of the transfer. We'll see what happens!

Third. Another HUGE miracle. Remember the random apartment that we housed where we found a new investigator last week? THEY CAME TO CHURCH. A whole FAMILY of FIVE people came to church. This is the first time in my entire mission where I have seen a family come to church together like that. The members were ASTONISHED. I seriously couldn't believe it was happening. I will never forget that moment of watching all of those people file into the building. 

This week we were seriously so blessed. Guys, missionary work rocks.

Well, love you allllll. Thanks for being so awesome....

Love,
スミス姉妹

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