Do you remember Norma, the lady with the groceries from a few weeks ago? She is just wonderful! We went to visit her twice this week. The first time, we found her niece, Alicia, who is staying with her for the summer. She reproached us for not visiting in so long. (Sorry, we had dengue.) We taught her and Norma about the plan of salvation, and they ate it up! By the end of the lesson, they had committed to come to church, as long as there wasn't a huge rainstorm. We went back again on Saturday, and Norma's son and nephew were out front drinking terere. We sat down with Norma and chatted for a few minutes, but when it came time to begin the lesson, she stopped us to call the boys over. They all participated in the lesson and agreed to come to church with us. We made plans to be waiting for them when they got off the bus so they wouldn't get lost, and we prayed that it wouldn't rain. Saturday night, we became worried when dark storm clouds began to gather, but we just prayed harder and Sunday dawned bright and sunny - a tender mercy of the Lord.
But during our morning studies, we received a text message from Norma. She apologized and explained that she wouldn't be able to come to church because she wanted to avoid problems in her home. (Her husband is not a fan of the church.) Despite our best efforts to convince her otherwise, she wasn't able to come. But I have confidence that this faithful woman will find a way!
Funny story: Norma and her husband, despite having lived together for some 20-odd years, are not married. But she told us that she has commissioned a friend to make her wedding dress. She wants it to be a surprise for her husband. "O se case conmigo o se va," she told us (either he marries me or he goes). She is incredible!
I hope you are seeing the tender mercies of the Lord in your lives.
p.s. Missionaries being silly :)
|This was to remind me to print off my Mom's banana bread recipe - it's backwards so I can read it when I look in the mirror. Can't forget something important like banana bread!|