I love Cidade Verde! We had a great week. Lots of miracles happened. One of them was that we met a man named Robson on the street and he gave us his address so that we could visit him another day. Or so we thought. We showed up at the address he gave us and the woman who answered the door said that she was his wife, but that they separated a year ago and he doesn´t live there anymore. But she let us in, gave us ice cream, and listened to our message. Her name is Lércia. She even told us that she thinks it was the will of God that we met Robson, that he gave that address, that she had come home from work early that day....all so that we could meet her. It was a cool experience. She couldn´t go to church on Sunday, unfortunately, but hopefully it works out this week. Also, she thought I was Brazilian! My Portuguese is getting better :)
Our investigator Francisco also called us one afternoon and asked us to come to the chapel. He was there and told us that he had gotten an answer to his prayer and wanted to follow this path. We showed him the baptismal font and told him that was his next step, and he wants to get baptized. He needs to stop drinking first, but he´s super willing to ask for help and we know that he can do it. We also called in a couple of brothers who were in the chapel as well, and one of them happens to be a convert who drank a lot before getting baptized, so he bore testimony to Francisco about the transforming power of the gospel. It was a great experience.
We also met a young man, Ivo, on the street, who also gave us his address. When we went to his house, he wasn´t home but his mom told us that she had been praying and waiting for someone to help her son and that we were an answer to her prayer. We also met two 25-year-old women, Ingrid and Brena, who are super great. Brena went to church with us on Sunday, and we´re excited to teach them this week. I feel like we´re getting really blessed here with great people to teach.
Also, Renata, a woman we had talked to at the bus stop, went to church yesterday and went with us to a family home evening in Paraguassu and Yusha´s home. She was part of the Espírita religion, which is pretty different and even believes in reincarnation, but she´s liking the church a lot.
When we went to teach Ariston this week (a cute old man that we´re teaching), Francisco was also there. Ariston lives in an area where a lot of people drink, so usually they´re a little bit tipsy and are really hilarious. Francisco calls Ariston "Santa Claus" because he has a white beard. A drunk guy showed up and called us beautiful, and Ariston and Francisco scolded him and told him that he has to respect us because we´re God´s representatives. :) Francisco and Ariston are really lovable. They´re really sincere and want help. They both gave prayers that were absolutely beautiful. I felt so much love for this Brazilian people that is as a whole incredibly faithful and has so much love for God. I feel really lucky to be a missionary here where people already have that desire to grow close to God.
Also, a funny story from yesterday. We´re helping out with a project in which we´re updating all of the addresses in the system. A lot of people have moved, so we have to go to all of the addresses in the ward and see if that person still lives there or not. We went looking for addresses on the most ridiculous street I´ve ever seen in my life. It´s a suuuuper long street, and the number system of the houses goes something like this: 15, 1378, 2, 54, 8, 906... Absolutely no order at all. I pity the mailmen here :)
Anyhow, everything´s great here! I love my companion, my area, and my mission. I hope everyone has a great week!
Sister Amy Weatherford