So you may wonder what this has to do with missionary work. As senior couples we often act as catalytic converters. We may be part of the conversion process without playing an active role in the process. Here are a few examples: 1) On our last blog we mentioned that briefly meeting Jordon resulted in him having a conversation with his father about the church . 2) Last Sunday when Brenda (our most recent member of the branch) was asked what she wanted to get out of Relief Society she responded, "I want to learn how to read and write". Sister Wheeler remembered a literacy program developed by the Relief Society. We found the materials in the meetinghouse library and reviewed them, excited about having a worthwhile project to fill in some time. When Sister Wheeler talked to Sister Holt, the Relief Society president, everything fell into place. She suggested that Sister Tait (Brenda's neighbor) teach the literacy lessons to Brenda. They have been trying to find a calling for Sister Tait since she joined the church a year and a half ago, but her health makes it difficult to be regular in her attendance. It was a perfect fit and she was excited when we took the materials to her house on Thursday. 3) We noticed on the mission report that Evandro Pereira was baptized last Sunday. Before our transfer we had visited the Pereiras (a less-active family) a few times and talked about the importance of Evandro being baptized. We left it to the Portuguese elders and they brought it to pass. Our role as senior missionaries at times is a side role to assist the Lord in blessing the lives of others.
|Evandro (striped shirt) with his mother and sister|
|Oops, the projector lightbulb burned out - so much for modern technology|
|Mummy of the child king - King Tut|
|Our green bananas|
|Cutting up green bananas in Uganda|
|Welcome to matoke|
We did some more cleaning out of the church this week. On the way to the church we pass a kennel with many big dog houses. It doesn't look like dogs are living there however. There are also many silos around, some with fancy designs on top.
|The big dog houses (actually calf houses)|
|New York Fries|
|Sister Yi, Sister Jungart, and Elder Stubbs|
|Are we in Utah?|
|We love the local library with old books from our childhood|
Saturday was the Maple Festival. We drove to Warkworth (10 miles away), parked the cars, then took a school bus to the maple forest where they make maple syrup. It included a pancake and sausage breakfast.
|Sister Wheeler and Sister Dodge getting on the bus|
|Filling a bucket - old method|
|Sap lines running from tree to tree - new method|
|Syrup making - old method|
|Syrup making - new method|
|Horse-drawn wagon ride through the maple forest|
|The Dodges - do they look cold?|
|Wayne waiting for his ride home from church|
|Relief Society planning their March activity|
Well, another week has gone by and we are still doing well in the Trent Hills branch. Today was a spring-like day so we took a little walk in the extra-long evening to watch the birds in the neighborhood. Don't get the idea spring is here to stay, but at least for a day we enjoyed it.