With that said, I present my favorite stories, people, and happenings from the Philippines!
Our toilet and shower aren't working because of the rain (not that they even worked really before then) so we flush the toilet with water from the kitchen sink and shower literally with a ladle and bucket right now. Best experiences ever. I love it all.
Another investigator story for this week.
Barecante Family: So in the Philippines, multiple families live in one house, debah? With this family, it's the Grandma and Grandpa that take care of all their grandkids while they their children work abroad (most people work in Dubai as maids). So 2 really old people, 5 kids under 5 (one in the hospital). No one can work and their kids can't send home money. So this family literally has no money. The grandma goes out everyday to the school to find money to get rice for a day. We have been teaching their family for probably 2 months now but they are really stubborn and are slow to progress. We went over to their house last week and the grandma told us she had a dream that Jesus Christ came to her during the Resurrection and that after, she knew the church was true. They both have strong testimonies and a strong desire to be a part of the church. In order to be baptized though, they have to come to church 4 times but because they literally have no money, they can't come. We have no idea what to do to help them and we know that their situation is in Heavenly Father's hands. They definitely need your prayers this week.
We have a baptism coming up next week, two kids (both 10 yrs old) that their families are less active and so we're hoping that by them getting baptized, it will reactivate their family. Sister Tanielu and I found them when we were teaching their friend and I can't wait for them to be baptized!
Funny story for the week: On Tuesday night, we ate at a less-active member's house for dinner. She lives literally in the middle of nowhere, it took us about 20 minutes of walking past lakes and more lakes along a tiny path (and because it was dark, I'm pretty sure I squished a couple of frogs). This lady kind of reminds me of the blind witch lady off of Princess and the Frog. She looks exactly like here and is a little crazy and old just like her. So we're eating dinner and the ulam to go with the rice looks a little weird but obviously I take it anyway, glad for the food. After a couple bites, I realized that I was eating something with eyeballs still in it, about the size of a quarter, that smelled awfully similar to frog. When I realized that, it took literally all I had not to puke it up. I couldn't keep eating it, there was no where to drop it, and I certainly couldn't just leave it on my plate. Stealthy, I dumped it spoonful by spoonful into one of the pockets of my purse so no one would notice, zipped the pocket up, and pretended like I had finished my whole plate. Yaaaaa... not one of my brightest ideas for sure, but I was desperate. As we walked home, I emptied it little by little onto the ground so my trainer wouldn't notice either (why I didn't want her to know beats me). Moral of the story- always carry a plastic bag with you.
Have a good week, lots of love sent to you from the Philppines!