This week. Wow.
Amanda and Brandon at Brandon’s baptism in Breda
Tuesday we had a blow our minds, best spiritual experience of the mission. We were walking around a very busy part of the city and it was a national holiday, so there were markets and booths and drunks and loud music and so many people! We walked and talked to a lot of people, but this one woman, after we stopped her, said “I know you! You´re from America!” we had a good conversation with her about how she took lessons years ago and had just lost contact with the original sisters a couple months ago. She said she wasn´t angry that she wasn´t able to talk them, but that she loved hearing about their stories and their lives and their faith. She said the reason she stopped taking lessons was that she didn´t have time and was very busy. She also told us, while crying, that she lost her daughter a couple weeks ago. I felt impressed to pull out my hymn book and I asked her if we could sing a song for her. My head thought “in this place?!” and she even asked us if we really wanted to sing to her right then. We nodded our heads.
I kid you not, as soon as I opened my hymn book to “Er is een heuvel ver van hier” (There is a green hill far away) and we started to sing, the noise behind and around and everywhere stopped. The loud music, the obnoxious drunks, the people talking laughing conversing—all of it stopped. All that mattered was the woman, Zr maughan, me, and the Spirit. The Spirit came to us so strongly, the goosebumps on my arms reached the heavens. We glowed. We felt it so strongly. The woman began to cry, and we did, too, but our harmonies stayed strong and we sang only two verses, but it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I love music. It is so powerful.
Saturday we had a leadership meeting and then went to lunch at Turkish place. Had to take a “groupie” haha
Sunday I received permission to take Zr Maughan to Breda to witness the baptism of Brandon Jordan! He is 8 years old and requested that I and Elder Hosea be there and we were! So special! Beloved people. It was good to be back for a moment:)
Zuster Bush, Jess, Brandon, Zr Maughn, Zr Jaramillo
The Lord shows His love to us in many ways. I love it. I love Him. I have 9 months left and I´m gonna try really hard to make it my best:)
love you all!!
Well, I was 100% sure that I would be staying in Breda for at least one more transfer. I actually wanted that pretty badly. There is so much that I love here. So much. So much! And not just things, but people. People here are amazing. But THE LORD has a different plan for me. I will be leaving beloved Breda for Belgium! Antwerpen! And I am ok with this. It´s making me a little stressed, but I am excited to serve in new place–a new country!!
TUESDAY/WEDNESDAY–Coming home from a dinner appt, my poor Zr Jaramillo fell off her bike. We called an ambulance and it came and took us to the hospital, where we stayed the night. Thank goodness that we had 4 elders with us! They gave us blessings and stayed at the hospital until 11pm. We also had our ward mission leader and his 26 yr old daughter with us until midnight. Then we met our new mission president and wife! They ate lunch with us at the hospital cafeteria, then left to go back to Amsterdam. They are so sweet and so inspired. Helped our spirits stay happy and positive.
SUNDAY–Transfer calls! I´ll be going to Belgium! Woot woot!
TODAY–Said goodbye to Sarindi, who cried when I told him I was leaving. He told me that I´ve blessed his life because I brought him the Gospel. I tried to tell him it was the Spirit and the Lord is in charge and knows him, but he stopped me and said that the Lord sent me to Breda just for him. He bore his testimony, then said a prayer for me to be safe and at peace. I will miss this man so much. He and Jasmine have changed my life.
the Lord is blessing me so much, and the people around me!