Monday, July 1, 2013

Street Contacts, New District, Elders Cook?, and 5 new Investigators from One Contact!

Hello My Wonderful Family!!!!

I seemed to miss you all more than normal this week!!!  I love you all and I hope that everything is going well with work and play!!!  Dad and Elizabeth, I am super excited for you and that you get to go to the family reunion this year!!!  Make sure that you give everyone a huge hug for me!!!  And tell them I will see them next year and that I am grateful for all of their love and support.  Mom, thank you for all of the work that you have done to help me out!!!!  With school and clothes!!!!  I am super grateful!!!  Rachel and Jake, don't get too rich as you work your lives away!!! 
This week was pretty uneventful.  We did a lot of stuff and found a lot of people who are ready to hear the gospel.  We actually found 5 new investigators this week all because we contacted one person.  I love seeing people who are touched so much by the Spirit of one lesson that they go out there and share what they have found with their friends!!!  It is amazing.  Yes, most of them are of African descent and the branch doesn't auite know how to handle it.  None of them speak Dutch so it get pretty interesting on Sundays. 
We did learn this week that we are not allowed to let Zuster Brown decide who we are going to contact on the street.  There has been this huge party here in Genk this last week.  It is called Genk on Stage and they had live music on five different stages all week.  So, naturally that means that there are going to be people who have had a little too much to drink there having a party.  Well, Zuster Brown thought that contacting a sweet looking old man with a dog would be a good idea.  It took a very quick, sour turn to where the sweet old man walked away and suddenly we were talking to all of his friends who had had ten too many.  It was the most awkward experience of my life.  I don't think I have ever been flirted with more in my entire life than at that moment.  Needless to say, we quickly left and decided to go to Hasselt instead. 
We had our first district meeting as a new district this week and it was a party.  It was kind of joke to watch the elders try and cook for lunch.  They were even doing something simple....pancakes and bacon.  And somehow they made it go really badly.  It was pretty funny and the important thing is that somehow all of the ingredients were there so it tasted ok.
We learned this week that our city is awkwardly small.....We will contact someone and then walk in a completely different direction and then suddenly ten minutes later that same person, who said no to us five minutes earlier, is there again.  It happens all of the time....The best is when you run into people a few days after you have tried to talk to them....It's a little ridiculous. 
This week was a super sad one because one of the four active families in our branch moved away....We spent two days over at their house trying to help them to pack and get everything moved.  They still aren't 100 percent done, but they are getting there.  We will really miss the wonderful Vankerckhoven family!!!  They were amazing leaders here in the branch and were pretty much the primary.  Everyone will miss them, but we hope that they will love it in Turnhout. 
Our investigator, K, is doing really well.  He is right on track to be baptized in two weeks!!!  We are loving working with him and to see the changes he is making in his life!!!!  It really is amazing!!!  I love being able to see the atonement work in the lives of others.  Sometimes it is hard to recognize that it is working in your life too, but when you get to help someone else come closer to Christ, then you see real evidence and it strengthens your testimony of the healing power of the atonement!!! 
I love you all!!!  I am getting ready to go to Antwerpen for a district P-day which we hope will be super fun!!!  Please have an amazing week!!!!  I love you!!

Zuster Israelsen

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