Since I arrived I have not heard a singe person complain about the relentless rain filling up the streets or about their tin walls falling down because of the wind. Not once did I see a smile falter when asked to accompany the missionaries at night to an appointment in the rain and mud. We were recieved with hugs that almost suffocated me. I kissed countless cheeks wet with tears because they were so excited to recieve sisters in their area.
My companion´s name is Sister Cunha. She is Brazilian. She is super funny and a really hard worker. We are getting along great! The Elders that work here really recognize the blessing it is to serve in the flavela. I promise, there is nothing better as a missionary.
It has rained the entire week here. We were worried how many people would actually come to church. Because the rain here fills up the streets with mud and sewage water. We had to bring extra towels to church to help dry people off! There were more people there than usual! These people are truly faithful when they have every reason to doubt. I would hope that a little bit of tiredness wouldn't stop us from going to church!
We have met some wonderful people, but my favorite is Sandra. She is already inviting people for her baptism this month. She is doing so well to stop smoking, we are all really proud of her!
We had a mission conference this week. Near the end they showed the video they had made for our family. I couldn't stop crying. Feelings of absolute gratitude welled up inside of me and I couldn't think of adaquate words to express what I felt. I had the opportunity to bare my testimony and thank everyone. This week has deffinitely been one of the most spiritual on my mission!
Thank you for all you do! Continue on and never give in! Never give up!
Love you all!!
Love, Sister Culley
A picture of me with my comp and Elder Thurgood (the Elder behind the video!) And a classic rain picture!