We had a great week here in São Vicente! And I am convinced because it started with sushi! ha ha last p day we went to sushi for lunch. And then miracles happened... it can't be a coincindence. Only good comes from sushi.
Every day we had a different activity to find people to teach. On thursday we drew the Plan of Salvation super big on the walk next to the beach. We talked to over 100 people that day! It was amazing! One box of chalk: $4 100 testimonies of Christ: Priceless. It started to rain as we finished but we just kept talking to people. It seemed that everyone thought it was pretty funny that these crazy kids with name tags were drawing on the ground in the wind and rain... so more people came to talk to us. It was a great day with some wonderful experiences. There was a man with long hair, tatoos and peircings standing a little ways off. An Elder and I went to talk to him. He said that he felt something different and invited the Elders to come to his house and teach him. I think he is getting baptized in the next week or so.
Tip for missionaries: Stick to the plan. In wind and rain. Miracles happen.
On Saturday we had an activity with the youth. When I got here in São Vicente there were only two active young men. We encouraged these two young men to invite all their friends to the activity on Saturday. We arrived and there were ten young men (and one is not a member of our church). We gave each of them two liahonas and taught them how to start a conversation about the church. We told them if someone accepted a visit from the missionaries and gave them their address they would win a box of chocolate. They returned and each of them had at least one address if not more. In the closing prayer one of the boys who hadn't been to church in a while thanked Heavenly Father for the Sisters help in preparing them to be future Elders. We told them that we would bring the chocolate to church the next day... And every single one of them showed up at church the next day. The youth of this church are amazing.
On Sunday after a wonderful Fast and Testimony meeting we went to an orphanage to play with the kids. One of the women in the ward made a huge chocolate cake (honestly I think I was way more excited about the cake than the kids...) and we prepared a couple games. I got to talking to some of the teenagers that are there. They told me their stories, about their families, about the streets. I sat in a circle with a boy and two girls not much older than Levi. Sharing with me the things they had been through. It felt so good to be able to promise them that someone knows what they have been through and what they are going through. It broke my heart to have to leave, but I know they have loving Heavenly Parent who will take care of them always.
I would like to thank all of you who fasted and prayed for my family and I this week. Riley is so tough and he is going to kick this cancer right where it hurts! We are in half time... and this half is when it counts! So hold your heads up and give 'em HEAVEN! ;)
I love you all so much. Prayers coming at you from Brazil
Love, Sister Culley