"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."-Isaiah 40:31

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Week Two in the Botanical Garden

Well, things are slowly getting a little bit better. The new area is great and the members here are really helpful...even more so than those in Compensa. Just to give everyone an idea of what this area is like, it is an exact replica of the Battlefield Vietnam computer game. It is a lot more humid here since there is a lot more greenery, but the one positive thing is that one room of our house has A/C...a rare treat. My new house is much nicer than the one in Compensa, too. It actually has a kitchen with a chandelier and one bedroom, which all four missionaries share. It also has a washing machine, but we have to manually get the water from a well in the back. Something that is pretty cool about Cidade de Deus is there are often wild parrots and macaws flocking over the neighborhood. If anyone wants to see my area on Googlemaps, look up: Rua Internacional, Cidade Nova, Manaus, Brazil.

Today, if it ever stops raining, the district is making a trip into the jungle. This isn't just a little joke trip...we are actually going into the uncharted part and taking some raw chicken with us to bait out alligators and snakes. It should make for an interesting experience.

This past week, we had three baptisms and we have two more marked for the future. I am positive that number will continue to increase as we help a few couples get married, and of course, afterward baptized. We had fourteen investigators come to church last week, which is always a good sign.

We teach English classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. in the church building. We cover just the basics, but like in all things, some people come to learn and others come to only socialize. I think I should be back to good health in about a week or so. Thanks for the support.

-Elder Taylor Mackay

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