Hey yall how ya doin? haha I don't here that at all here in the Philippines.
I am glad to hear some good report, and feedback on my last e-mail about the kids in Guinayangan that have been doing so good, and they are so great its awesome! But we do have some sad news for you all today, but hopefully this will help us understand more the importance of the timing/will of the Lord.
None of these kids were able to make it to church yesterday... yeah is was pretty sad, I was so excited to see them all. It turns out that our member living in that area provided for all their travel fare last week so they can go to church, and just can not continue paying for these kids to go to church each week, because he himself is really struggling, also he moved to a different place that isn't to far away, but far enough to the point you can't walk to get to his house from where he moved from. So now there main point of support is gone, so It causes a big obstacle in our work with these kids.
Last Saturday we tried to visit all their families and teach them with their parents, and some of them were busy, or some of them were gone, but the ones we did taught were pretty receptive, and I was feeling the spirit while we were teaching them, and hopefully these feeling of the spirit is going to cause them to feel something that is going to help them gain the desire to strengthen this feeling which they feel from God. They are such humble people, and despite all they have to suffer and go through, they just want happy families, and because of the culture its quite difficult for them to accomplish them. This isn't really about baptizing anymore, its becoming more service, trying to really help bring these kids, and families together, planting these seeds of faith in love, that will hopefully last a life time. I am not going to give up on them, and we will continue to visit them and teach them. Also, one of the spiritually strongest of them all text us yesterday and told us that even though they can't make it to church, and bro. Aggiri moved they are still going to keep saying there prayers, ready and studying the scriptures together. I am just so grateful for the opportunity to work and know such great humble people.
Today we had the Best Zone P-day ever! The best in my entire mission. We traveled to a far area, and we hiked for about an hour to some falls, and then me and some other missionaries, rock climbed the falls to the top, and kept hiking the mountain it was so cool! and the rock climb got pretty scetch a a few points, and we probably shouldn't have attempted it in risk of physical injury, but we only came out with cuts and bruises so its all good. Our Zone has such great Unity I just love being with our Zone. We also have a zone conference coming up on March 18th, can you believe that it is all ready march!? I can't its still blowing my mind every single day.
Well I am going to leave it at that today, to attend to some other e-mails, and I hope you all know that I love you, and i am excited to see you all again, only almost 3 short months, and bam! Elder Kikel is back! Love you all!
-on the Lord's errand-
San Pablo Philippines Mission