Hello family and friends! Happy Dragon Boat Festival! It is just another one of the thousand cool holidays they have here in China! There are tons of people in Gaoxiong right now for the famous Dragon Boat races along the 愛河 (river). This week was full of finding for us, as it seems all the past weeks have been here. Elder George and I are getting along well, and the work is moving along.
I was taught a valuable lesson on faith the other day. We had been out contacting all night long, and had zero success. It seemed like every person we talked to either had no interest or lived outside of our area. It was about 8:45 and I was feeling a little discouraged. We had nothing to show for our efforts. I related how I felt to Elder George, and he encouraged me to keep up the faith for the final 15 minutes and to go hard until the end of the night. I pushed all thoughts of discouragement outside of my head, and focused on the goal ahead of us. Surely enough, within those last 15 minutes we found 4 people who lived in our area, and who were willing to either set up times on the spot to meet with us, or give us their numbers for a later time to meet. They were the only 4 people who were interested that day. No matter how long I have been in the mission field, I still continue to learn something new every day. Although this week we didn’t find any new investigators, I know we gave it our all, and I know that the Lord knows that as well. I wouldn’t say I am proud of the result we put up for the week, as it is hard to say that with a big 0 tally for new investigators, but I can safely say I am proud of the effort we put into it. Sometimes when you go fishing, you some home empty handed. I do know though that if we are willing to keep working hard, being obedient, and putting our trust in the Lord, we will be rewarded with some people to teach.
Last night we were invited over to the DeWitt’s house for dinner again. If you remember, Brother DeWitt is the American Consul to Taiwan, and it is always an honor to be invited to their house. Interesting enough he served his mission here about 40 years ago, and now he is back as one of the American government big dogs. Dinner was filled with delicious American food and engaging stories. It is always a good time at their place.
Last week we went to the zoo! Admission was ONLY 20 KUAI. Which is the equivalent of about 60 cents USD. Good stuff. Funny thing there is that the zoo is on top of Monkey Mountain, and the wild monkeys like to come and mess with the zoo animals. The zoo has hired a guy who drives around on an electric scooter and carries a paintball gun to shoot the wild monkeys with, haha.
That’s pretty much it for my week here. Today we are watching the dragon boat races and going to the lotus pond again. Should be a good one. I love you all! Have a great one!
Elder Stroud 繞一鳴長老