Monday, February 23, 2015

Miracles! And Cow Stomach for Lunch!

Hola Familia Y Amigos! 

Whoa what a week. Had disappointments, but saw many miracles. First off, let me just say that the Peruvian marketplace on a Saturday morning is more crowded than Costco on a Saturday, although I’ve never seen a stray dog roaming around in Costco. Haha.

That being said, I ate cow stomach this week! I didn’t find out what it was until I was almost done eating it, so I don’t have a picture, but it happened I promise! Kinda chewy….

For P. Day, we kinda just chilled. We went to Metro to get some ice cream, and they gave us WAY more ice cream than normal. SCORE! We had a good lunch from the jungle. I will send a pic, it was pretty tasty.

So on the Spiritual side of things, this is what happened:

Miracle number one:  We met this really sad less active lady that just came to the church because she wanted help. We happened to be at the church and gave her a blessing, and she didn’t want us to leave because she was too sad so we had a good little lesson with her and I think we cheered her up.

Miracle number two:  is that the first English class was a good success! Five Investigator’s came, and they all are excited to learn English. We had a good class. 

Miracle number three:  is that I found this older couple and they seem so familiar to me. I am thoroughly convinced that I knew them and was good friends with them in the pre-existence, and told them I would come down here to earth and find them. Well I found them, and they live in the middle of Peru and speak a different language, but I found them. They are married, which makes our life so much easier. They are super excited. They gave us food, and then the hermana was doing a closing prayer and was just crying and crying, thanking Heavenly Father for sending us to her. 

Miracle number four:   is that they came to church the next day on their own will. Loved it, and sat in the front row during Sunday school and answered all the questions. 

Miracle number five:  is that this Convert girl came to church for the first time in all the time that I have been here in this area teaching her.

Miracle number six:  is that we reached the goal of 32 lessons this week, and that we surpassed the contacts goal of 100, and did 103 instead. The best numbers I’ve had for a week in all my mission, and we worked way hard this week. 

We were a little disappointed that our Investigator with a baptismal date wants some space, but we will keep on working hard, and I am excited for another good week! Hope you all have a great week, and remember that the Lord has a hand in all things!   Love you all so much.

 Con Amor,
Elder Reschke 

P.S. I ate a fig this week. I didn’t even know what it was in English until a few days later, but I can't say I ever ate a fig before my mission. Hey we try new things every day I suppose:)

Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:

Did you get the package we sent?
Yes.  Got an awesome package from you guys, and birthday gifts from Melissa and Lizzy. 
 Thanks so much!  The snacks are awesome, I’m excited for the music, and the tie was nice.  Thanks for the package!  It’s awesome.

Do you eat a lot of fruit?  What kind?
We eat a ton of fruit.  Mangos, bananas, apples, grapes, maracuya (passion fruit), sugar cane sometimes, papaya, figs, cocona, and another one I can’t remember the name.  And Avocados. I didn’t much care for avocados before, but I am growing to like them.  They are pretty tasty!

What do you like about the Peruvian culture?
I love all the colors of the Peruvian culture. And the music is pretty sweet!  

Your companion finishes his mission and goes home in two weeks, how are things with that?
Elder Quille is doing good.  I am just getting him to work really had these last two weeks.  But, everyone feels kinda bad for me because they know how hard it is to have a companion that is finishing his mission.  Usually the other companion gets super homesick, but I’m not homesick and that is because I am working hard!

I think about 99 percent of your senior class is on a mission, girls included:
Haha!  I know crazy, right?  I’m proud of all of them for Serving the Lord.  

What is your favorite scripture this week?
My favorite scripture right now is:  Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

You look so happy in the pictures.  Are you happy?
Yes I am.  And I am very happy to be on my mission.  It’s so amazing.

Teaching English classes.  We tell everybody about the class, and I made up these little flyers that we are distributing.  Even more people might come next Saturday, which will be cool:
                                                   English class taught by the Elders:
                                                      Sharing the Gospel in Peru:
                         This food is from the jungle....not sure how to spell it...Juane, I think.
(Juanes are the Peruvian jungle way to prepare tamales, using rice instead of cornmeal.):
                                                             This fish was way tasty:
                                   Platanos fritos!  Or, fried bananas They are so delicious!
                                 Elder Quille and Elder Reschke eating food from the jungle:
                                                    Maracuya (passion fruit) juice.
                                They have this juice at almost every lunch and it is delicious.