These past couple of weeks have been busy opening up new apartments. President Mehr felt inspired to open up two new areas to Missionaries. One area was a small village which already had a small congregation of investigators and members. It was difficult finding an apartment as there were no advertisements in the newspaper for that area. Elder Gubler went to the Post Office to inquire about an apartment, but was received very rudely by the gal who worked there. He felt inspired to take his badge off at a small store and was warmly received and helped in locating an apartment. The apartment is large and furnished and at a good price and will accommodate church meetings. President Mehr wanted the apartment to be a meeting place for members and investigators. Elder Gubler and I both felt it was a miracle that we found an apartment at all in this area as it was the only one available. The Lord really blesses His Missionaries. This village is called Matura and the missionaries will cover the Northeast area of the Island.
Elder Gubler also opened up an apartment while I was away in another town called Valencia. He had a stove, refrigerator, washing machine, and all the necessary supplies delivered and set up. He was very busy while I was away. This area also has a small congregation of members and investigators that President Mehr wanted a place where they could meet.
While I was away on one of my dental procedures, Elder Gubler and the rest of the Senior Couples went on an excursion to the Northeast tip of the Island. This is an area where Leatherback Sea Turtles come up on the beach to nest. These are very large turtles, 6 ft. long from head to tail. They are best viewed at night. He was amazed at these large creatures and said they looked like dinosaurs as they walked from the ocean to the beach at night. He was also able to see little baby hatchlings as they made their way to the ocean. He has never seen this species of turtle in all the ocean dives he has made. They spent the night and on the way up to his room, Elder Gubler said the stairs were covered with frogs. I wished I could have been there.
We are still waiting for our Visas to Suriname. Elder Vanderbeek and President Linder, a Senior Missionary and a member of the District Presidency in Suriname, went and visited the President of Suriname last week. They asked him for help in getting these visas as there are five missionaries and us that have been waiting. He expressed concern and offered to help. So, we'll see what happens. Elder and Sister Vanderbeek are a Senior Couple in Suriname right now. Elder Vanderbeek is from Holland and emigrated to the United States. We are anxious to get over there and help them out.
Elder Gubler is doing great with his Dutch. I am so far behind as it has been hard to concentrate with all the problems I have been having with my teeth. I am setting a goal to take up the Dutch and hit it hard starting tomorrow. However, I can pray and bare my testimony.
We had a special meeting with President and Sister Mehr and all the other Senior Couples via the internet on Thursday. President Mehr called all the Senior Couples as Humanitarian Missionaries. We will be trained on how to locate and start Humanitarian projects for the Mission. President Mehr feels that this will be good Public Relations in getting these countries to lighten their restrictions on Missionaries coming into their country. I felt he was inspired to do this and am looking forward to help out with Humanitarian needs. The Humanitarian couple that are currently in the Mission are leaving this month and there is not a replacement.
On a sad note, Elder and Sister Brown finished their mission and returned home a couple of weeks ago. They really helped us when we first came out and were truly an inspiration to the whole mission. Elder Brown was the auditor for the mission and traveled to the branches and wards of the whole mission and audited their financial records. They are from Virginia.
I'm so thankful for the Lord's blessings and the healing power of the Priesthood. I'm so thankful that I can finish this mission and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead.
At the Hummingbird encounter
Elder & Sister Brown's farewell lunch, they are
the couple in the front middle.
On the way to Turtle Beach
Dinner at Turtle Beach, unfortunately I wasn't there.