Monday, April 27, 2015

Lider De Distrito:)

 Hola Familia Y Amigos! 

This was a CRAZY week for us, but it was really good! We had transfers on Monday, and I am staying here in Comas, but I got a new companion, Elder Hilario, from Trujillo, Perú. He is way cool. We teach really well together because we kind of have the same mentality when we teach, and he is super pumped to be a missionary, so we work hard. He also likes to go running in the morning...SCORE!!:) 

On Monday, we ran into Tobias M. at Metro. Remember him? He was the inactive guy that we reactivated in my old area, the guy who completely changed his life! He bought us ice cream, and informed us of his new calling: 1st Counselor in the Bishopric!! I am beyond happy for him. How incredible is that?? And...guess who the second Counselor is? Augusto R., my convert!!! I am so happy for them:) 

That P-Day, while everyone else was busy packing their bags, I went with Elders Clawson, Coomer, and Mayta, and we ate in a tasty restaurant. I got this ginormous Bistek Al Pobre (steak and potatoes with fried egg), and totally conquered it:) 

They told me on Tuesday that I am the new District Leader! I am very excited for this opportunity that I will have to serve others and lead them in the mission. It’s my responsibility to call the District, give trainings, collect the numbers, and interview people for baptism. This will be quite an adventure! 

So on Thursday, I gave my first training about being a consecrated missionary. I would say it went really well! We had a great week teaching our Investigators preparing for baptism, Isabel and Ayerton. They are awesome, and I really feel the Spirit with them every time we are with them.

On Wednesday, we had to go to the offices in Independencia to go to a leadership meeting with President Erickson. It was a great meeting, and I learned a lot. My trainer, Elder Martinez, is also a District Leader in the same Zone! 

Friday we had a Ward activity, Dessert Night! It was pretty tasty and we watched Johnny Lingo. “Elder Reschke was the movie-picker-man:)”

Also, I taught the most lessons this week that I have ever taught in one week of my mission...39!  It was a fantastic week, and I learned that,  the easiest way to be happy on a mission is if you can just absolutely lose yourself in the work.  I did that this week , and it was absolutely incredible.

I know that the Lord really has blessed us with so many people to teach, and I am so excited to watch all of them progress. I hope you all have a fantastic week, and keep me posted if anything cool happens.

Sending love to The Shire,
Elder Reschke

P.S. There are these little red tropical flowers all over the place called cucarda, and you can pick them and suck out the sweet nectar.

Questions Elder Reschke answered this week:

What is your new companion like?
His names Elder Hilario, and he has 18 months in the mission.
He is from Trujillo.  He is way cool!  He works really hard, and he knows a lot, we are really compatible together, and we are working super hard!

Did you hear Kylee received her mission call?
Yes.  I think New Mexico is the perfect place for her to serve.  I can totally picture her there. Tons of people are getting mission calls!

Do you eat beans much?
Yes we eat beans quite a bit.  The food here is way tasty!  Sometimes they joke with me that “Elder Reschke is already Peruvian, because he speaks Quechua and he knows the names of all the different Peruvian plates, etc.  Haha

You seem to have really embraced yourself in the Peruvian culture and I can tell you love the Peruvian people as well.
That is one of the five goals of our mission.  Love the Peruvian people.  
I can definitely check that goal off my list!

Weather update?
The weather is really getting cooler at night which is nice.

Spiritual experience of the week?
The Spiritual experience was definitely teaching Isabel, the Hermana that we are going to baptize in May. She is SO excited to hear the things that we have to say. She comes to church, helps the members prepare for the activities, goes to all the activities and everything.  She is practically a member, just lacks baptism!  

                                                     A Penguin bush for Melissa:
                                      Bistek al Pobre (steak with egg and potato).
                         They put down a bunch of rice, and put a steak on the rice,
                          and then put fried bananas and fried eggs on top.
                                                           It is really tasty.  We had it this past week,
                         but, it's also what I had for my Thanksgiving dinner back in November:
                                            Elder Martinez, Tobias, Elder Reschke.
                                   We ran into him at Metro and he bought us ice cream:
                                 Elder Melgar saying goodbye to two Hermanas from the Ward:
                                                    Saying goodbye to Elder Melgar:
                                   Elder Martinez (my trainer)  and Elder Reschke are District Leaders:
                            Flashback pic of my District the way it was when I got here (Elder Aoki,
                   Elder Herrera, Elder Martinez, Elder Reschke)...all are leaders in the mission now:
                                             Elders working hard in Peru Lima North Mission:
                 Tamales!  We also had picarones, which are like these tasty fried donut things:
                                                                Ward dessert night:
 The mountain we climbed to get to an appointment. We practically had to pack a tent, sleeping bags, and some dehydrated backpacking meals get all the way up there....haha, just kidding.
                                                         I love it.  Good thing I like to hike:
                                                    Peruvian bread called cachanga.
                       This bread really reminds me of the bread they have for Navajo tacos.
                                                  It's exactly the same, and super tasty:


  1. Mmmm finally some food that I would enjoy eating! Elder Reschke will be a great DL!

  2. Ha, that one picture Jake and his comp look like giants. Are the refrigerators tiny there?

    I can't believe how simulated Jake is to the culture there. It is amazing what can be accomplished in a relatively short time when you give it all you got.

  3. Ben- Jake really does love it there. I don't know if it is because Dad and he LOVED exploring different places, eating new foods and meeting new people on their adventures. Or what. But he does seem to love everything about Peru. I am glad for his attitude for sure. I think the refrigerators must be smaller than we have here? I will have to ask next time!

  4. Ha so there are penguins in Peru !