7 new members of the Buenaventura Group.
It was a very special morning.
This city is ready to receive the gospel and in coming years we will see chapels in Buenaventura!!
The Buenaventura Group, investigators, and friends!
(in front of the Vista Hermosa chapel in Cali)
We always glory in our Assistants for all the hard work they do!
We shed a tear or two when Elder Belnap left the office to go and help
build the kingdom in Buenaventura.
Elder Belnap and his new companion, Elder Welling, will be missionaries 3 and 4 in Buenaventura.
(latest report from Buenaventura: 30 baptisms scheduled for August!! Glory! Glory!)
We have happily welcomed Elder Stutz to serve as Assistant to the President.
This was a fun night with Elders Stucki and Somoza.
We enjoyed playing, learning, and sharing together with their investigators.
15 Elders and 3 Sisters arrived from the Bogotá, Colombia MTC early in the morning.
After lunch we visited Cristo Rey (it was VERY sunny and hot!)
Elder Rojas arrived later in the afternoon from the Lima, Peru MTC.
We feel like Helaman in Alma 57:6
"...we received..an addition to our army...
And now behold, we were strong..."
These new missionaries bring a great work ethic with them and they know their missionary purpose.
What a marvelous work and a wonder...to have these great young men and women leave home for 2 years or 18 months to share the greatest gift of all...eternal life.
That is glorious!!
On Thursday, July 26 contractors began the work of remodeling the kitchen of the mission home.
Doing remodeling work on the 15th floor of a high rise apartment building is an interesting process.
The noise of jack hammers and banging are our music from 8 am to 5 pm.
Here is a peek at what the kitchen looks like right now---
Just how am I supposed to make banana bread for interviews
and birthday cookies for zone conference without an oven????
We are washing dishes in a bathroom sink and cooking in the microwave and crockpot
(thank goodness I brought that with me!!)
It is like glorified camping. (I actually wish I had my camp stove!!)
After almost 1 week of this, I am hoping we survive the next month!
BUT to add some GLORY to all this WORK...
President Prince brought me flowers!!!
The flowers here in Colombia are gorgeous. These have been a bright spot in an otherwise
noisy, dusty work zone.
This is a wonderful WORK...
"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel." Alma 26:16