Monday, August 24, 2015

Miracles in Wonju!!!‏

Hi family!!!

Wow I'm just so excited right now because it was such an amazing week!!! 

Starting with last Monday, I went and had my foreigner card renewed. Isn't that crazy?? It's already almost been a year!! The process started on Monday and then finished on Thursday. I'm glad it's over and nothing went wrong with it.

Monday night we switched with the Donghae sisters and Sister Bell came to Wonju with me and Sis. Yeom went to Donghae. It was such a good exchange. Right now... things are pretty tough for them in Donghae. New companions and the other sister is Korean. They really like each other but they're really feeling the struggle with the lack of communication. Sis. Bell is in her 4th transfer and Sis. Ee Soyeon is in her 3rd. I feel for them! It's hard at first but they're working so hard to understand each other. 

Tuesday was a full day of proselyting with Sis. Bell! But we were able to talk with a bunch of people and have such a good day :) That night was English class.

Wednesday morning we exchanged back and met an investigator. Unfortunately she has no actual interest but just wanted to learn English... So that didn't really work out. A nice lady! She wants us to come and teach us how to do things with flowers and then we teach her English. Haha.. no.. Then we met a member named 함명희 Ham Meonghei, who is just amazing. 

Thursday... Well, quite a day. Finished my foreigner card stuff and then proselyted. Visited a grandma's house we met on the street a little bit ago. So humbling... It was just one tiny room and everything was old and rotten. There were thousands of flies just everywhere. Just dirt floor with cardboard on top. :( We talked for only about 10 minutes but then she kicked us out. So sad.

Afterwards we met 이경희 Ee Geonghei who is a member we've been wanting to meet with forever! And finally she could! So we met her and then went to a restaurant. Right after the food was ready and started to eat... I got an interesting phone call. So, don't freak out, but it was an emergency call for us to get home and get our bags ready. You could said I was slightly surprised... but honestly, not too worried. We just felt so bad for the member!! She paid for this good food and we just had to go! And it turned out to be nothing. We just went home and got our emergency backpack ready and then just missionary work at our house (calls and such). Remember Joseph? That American soldier we met on the street a few weeks back? Well he was nervous about something happening so he's the one that alerted our mission president. Didn't even have to worry, though :) Nothing happened. You've been hearing about North Korea but no one here is worried at all. 

Then Friday!!!! So Friday we had weekly planning and then the absolute coolest thing ever. We were out proselyting and had about 10 minutes to be at the church for our district meeting and we were about an 8 minute walk from the church... We were about to turn left but a ways ahead of us was this older couple walking and holding hands. So we thought, how perfect?? They're totally ready, loving people! So we sprinted up to them and then casually walked the last couple steps up next to them and said hello. We started talking and introducing who were are and they said they've heard about our church and have questions! The man said, "Look, over there are some benches, let's go sit down and talk together." Ok.... what??? When does that happen?? So we went over and over the next hour taught the whole Restoration and most of the Plan of Salvation. It was such a good discussion! So many good questions. They are very religious people and have been attending church their whole lives. Found out they actually live in Seoul and were on their way to the bus terminal! Perfect timing! So we were able to get their number and send it to missionaries in their area. COOLEST THING EVER. But... there's more.

That night we had a late dinner so it ended at 8:45. We had originally planned do calls until 9 but I just knew we had to go outside. I can't even describe it. We went outside and I knew exactly where to go. I felt like... I don't know there was like this spiritual map in front of my and I was so literally being guided in exactly where to go. We were running here and there until I saw her! There were a group of students and then one lone one. We were able to catch up to her and ended up talking for a while. We taught the Restoration and long story short we're meeting her tonight!!! It was so amazing.

So one commitment we gave at zone training was that every night after planning we would write the miracle we would see the next day. It's happened everyday! Friday's goal was to find people with sincere interest and questions about our church... and we found them! 

Ok, next cool story. Real quick.... So Song Seongsuk came to church yesterday and then after received a priesthood blessing after from Bro. Bak Sugen because of her work and stuff. It was amazing! And then last night we wrote that today we would receive a referral for our miracle today. This morning during studies a number we didn't know called us and it was a man. He said that his mom had met us on the street and that we'd given her a Book of Mormon. He's been wondering about God and why there are so many churches and basically every question of the soul. (You can imagine how stunned we were during the conversation.) So he was talking to her and she referred us to him. WE HADN'T EVEN HIT LUNCH YET AND WE ALREADY SAW THE MIRACLE. Things are happening, people.

It's been so amazing!! I can't describe it but I feel almost spiritually drained! It's like been spiritually exhausting! But so fun. The past couple months have definitely been my favorite on my mission and they just keep getting better.

I hope everything has been going well at home! Love you so much!

Sis. Gentry Evans

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