Called to Serve in the Peru Piura Mission

Monday, April 25, 2016

Truly, Truly Happy :)

This week was soo great!  Elder Lazaro left, and it was sad to see him go, but Elder Arrington and I are having a great time speaking English together :) I finally feel like I can really, really connect with one of my companions.

On Tuesday we felt impressed to knock on a door, it was strange to us that the lady that received us wasn’t quite interested in our message. When we feel prompted to knock a door, usually God always provides someone super prepared.  We asked her if she knew anyone else that would like to hear us and she told us that maybe her mom. She gave us her direction and we immediately went to her moms house and knocked on the door and found a huge family crying in a big circle.  They let us in and told us that their 37 year-old daughter/sister had recently passed away and they just couldn’t stand the pain.  We brought hope to them as we shared the plan of salvation… God prompted us to knock the door to lead us to that family.  He works in mysterious ways..

Oh my word, Wednesday was nuts. We had a district meeting in Tambo Grande which is like a city about an hour from here.  We thought there was a bus to take us, but nahhhh.... no car, nothing... so how did we get there? :) We all smashed into a moto taxi and took a 2 hour ride to Tambo Grande... the meeting started at 10:30, pretty sure we arrived at 11:30. Haha! But it was quite the adventure, we passed through 4 rivers, banana and rice fields, contacted some Indians on the road, but best part was that the police stopped us and asked the moto taxi driver for his papers. Of course, he didn’t have them, no one here in Peru does.  We walk over to the police officer with our Bibles in hands and start preaching to him that Christ forgave, and he should too..... AND HE DID!!! Hahaha! He let us go for free!! Ahhhh!  It was one of the top 10 moments in my life for sure.

Thursday we went to Morropon and helped Cucha make some algarrobina :) I’ll send a pic :) She also wanted to be nice and made us some lunch...... rice and fish....... yummyy.............. my favorite................ *shakes head*

Friday we get a text asking if we would come back to Tambo Grande to do a baptismal interview.... soooo we went back, got there about 10:30, and the investigator hadn’t arrived yet.  So we waited, and waited, and waited... they never got there.. so what did we do?  Just went back to Chulucanas... we basically wasted the whole morning traveling... for nothing!

We had a mission night at the church and it was LEGIT!! We watched a video about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and it was amazing!  All of the members wanted us to give them the video... a lot of the members shared their testimonies and it was a very powerful night.  I wish you guys could have been there. :)

On Saturday we  were walking down the street and this little kid kicks me this soccer ball because everyone and their dog plays here in Peru.  He called me Elder, and I asked him how he knew us? He told us that he went to church before, so we asked him to take us to his house.  We ended up finding his mom, Graciela Julca. She opened the door and was super surprised to see us... she asked us, "How did you find me here? I just barely moved?”  We just smiled and said "God sent us." Haha!  I guess she’s been less active for about a year and now were gonna baptize her husband and son. BOOYAHH!!

Around 8 pm we were walking down the street and in the shadows we hear "Gringos!"  We approached the dark man and ask him why he called us? :) His name is Rommell Nina, and he’s a drug addict that lives on the streets.  He was pretty messed up when we found him, so we started to help him and we explained to him how much God loved him and how much He wanted him to change, how it’s possible to become clean again. He was shocked by our words , speechless. We invited him to come to church with us and he agreed, but didn’t have any clothes to wear. I looked at him in the eyes, and said "I’ll give you mine".   He looked down, then back at me and said "I see Christ in you... You have a light that surrounds you".  We picked him up in the morning at 8:30 ... he had no roof, no door, nothing, just a mattress and the clothes he was wearing the night before. He washed himself with some toilet water and i let him put on my white shirt and pants, and we went to church. :)  He stayed all 3 hours , and loved it. He told us after that he was planning on killing himself on Saturday night because his girlfriend cheated on him…but that our quick visit in the street persuaded him not too.  He told us after church that he had no desire to kill, rob, or do any of it again.... it was a true miracle.

We’re doing all we can here in Chulucanas... working hard, inviting everyone to be baptized... we’re happy, truly, truly happy :)

love you guys!!

-Elder Harris

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