Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 44: Plague Brings Blessings ~ New Elders from Countries Affected with Ebola

Crazy week. Last Monday night (after running in rain all the way to the flat) we got word because of the Ebola virus in western Africa, the Sierra Leone and Liberia missions were shut down and we would be getting all the Kenyan missionaries serving in those 2 missions back to be serving here. We have been really needing missionaries and it has been a great, unexpected answer to many prayers throughout the mission. Added 14 or 15 missionaries this week! No word of it spreading to East Africa- but I did hear if you get it there is a 90% chance you die- it's no joke.
Monday night we went to the Flakes (senior couple)- it was their son's birthday and Elder Dick's birthday coming up on Wednesday, so we had a little birthday and it turns out their son is over Pepsi North America Beverages. It was a bit weird talking to a family of white people but super fun.

The first district meeting as district leader on Tuesday went really well, having zone training meeting this week.

Had exchanges this week- I was with Elder Moline (yes the one from the same MTC group as me) and it was super fun! We had a good time doing the Lord's work together. From Naitiri we went back to Kitale then went to Eldoret for zone conference. We left our flat/area Monday morning at 8 am and didn't return til Saturday at 5:30 pm. Needless to say, not much work got done in our area this week.

Zone conference was great- super fun to be with a bunch of other missionaries and learn quite a bit.
Sunday at church we had the 6 confirmations for those baptized the week before and they all went well.

Things are working out well with my new companion and he is really mature and a great teacher which is sweet. Really knowledgeable in the Gospel and the scriptures.
One thing- in this branch they sing Hymn #7 Israel, Israel God is Calling superrr nicely it's like a remix. Just a few do it and it makes the song super nice. Not sure how else to explain it.     

I have 32 gigs of pics taken so far and I hope in my next area I will be able to send some pictures to you all.
Transfer news is next Monday- things could get interesting.

Since y'all liked the song lyrics I sent last time here are some more--

Take It Home lyrics

What would happen if we took off our masks
Peeled back the labels
Tore down the walls we have
What would change if we just saw each other as
Children of our Father

Out there it's easy to get caught up in our lives
Here we all can feel the sparks of truth ignite
We can keep this feeling burning inside
If we carry it … together

We have felt the way our hope and faith begins to grow
We have felt this light and peace to guide us as we go
We know we can take it home

What kind of difference can start with you and me
as we remember to live what we believe
A mighty change begins with small and simple things
We can share with one another

We have felt the way our hope and faith begins to grow
We have felt this light and peace to guide us as we go
We know we can take it home

Every single one of us here has a part
Inside our father's plan and this is where we start

We have felt the way our hope and faith begins to grow
We have felt this light and peace to guide us as we go
We know we can take it home

Is the power better where you are about staying on? Yeah it's usually on
Can you keep fresh meat in your fridge?  Yessir
Is the food better in your new area? Depends what you want to eat
Do you have to use side bags? Hahahaha nope. We are still with the backpacks. The camelback is a great invention.
Are you in a area you can send letters? Yeah, time to write them isnt too much but it's doable. The few I have sent from here have arrived to the States.
What language do the people working with read? Most are fine with English
They read the Book of Mormon in what language? Most English, not many in Swahili.
 Do you use your camel back? Yeah
Is the water drinkable away from your house? Yeah it's just rainwater
Do you get many bug bites? Not really
Are you able to get up each day ok, or does your comp have to shake you up? 6:25 I'm wide awake no problems
What do you do on P days? Bike 14 kilometers then get a matatu to Kitale, eat, email, sometimes play soccer depending on time, cook some nice food and chill with the zone.
Are the members feeding you on a regular basis? sometimes- usually it's just something light and quick.
So what are you studying in the gospel right now? Focusing on reading the Book of Mormon quickly and it has been super nice, it is a lot more easy to understand and more interesting reading it fast.
How often do you polish your shoes? Hahahaha that's a good question. Not often. When we are in the area I wear my hiking boots though.
Do you have lots of strange bugs in Africa? Not too many but there are some. Look up the 'Nairobi Fly' on Google images and check the damage that 1-2 centimeter thing can do! Only seen a few of them though.

Hope you all are doing some sort of thing for 'Mormon Helping Hands' this Saturday!
And a last song lyric--  'Who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly?' That's something we can all think about this week and try to see people as our Savior sees them.

Love you all have a great week!
Elder Eveson

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