Monday, August 26, 2013

Weekly Email - August 19th

Hi all,
This week things are really finally starting to look up. We had set up some appointments through our branch president. They had decided to meet us for pizza on Thursday and talk about the gospel since their older two brothers are members. One of them also came to FHE at the chapel on Monday which was great and the branch was very welcoming. When Thursday finally rolled around, we had planned on doing some contacting on a B-Ball court by challenging kids to some games, but when we went to pick up a ball, all of the stores were closed. IT was a Double-Holiday here, both Polish Armed Forces Day, and Assumption Day. We walked to main street where they had taken the celebration onto the street by lining it with tents that sold all sorts of airsoft guns, fireworks, slingshots, cotton candy, etc. We of course had to take advantage of the 8zł slingshots that shortly thereafter broke. After that fun, we tried to get out to an investigators house, but the buses were on Holiday schedule. After waiting about 30 minutes, we saw our bus coming, and it blew right past the stop.... Didn't even slow down! We went home defeated for lunch. Finally the time came for our lesson at Maxi Pizza, and we found our investigators waiting for us. We went in and ate some delicious pizza. We talked a lot about the restoration of the gospel and prophets. They had entirely different concerns, so we want to start meeting with them separately. A... really helped us out on that one too.
On Friday we had weekly planning and then contacted to Roni Kebab to eat some good wholesome lunch. That afternoon was rough because there was a soccer game in Sosnowiec so everyone was drunk. Elder B got a shoulder thrown at him by some big guy. We did make it home safe and sound though.
One day, we were leaving home when someone took my companion's nametag. We followed after him and got it back.
On Saturday, we went to play some soccer and teach a lesson. We had a good time and then gave them each their own reading assignment. We are really trying to get them a baptismal date so that they can be baptised with their older siblings.
Sunday we got to church and all three of our new investigators were there and we even got to teach them in a separate "gospel doctrines" class during second hour. Then, we went later that day to visit a former investigator who lived a little ways away. We got to their house fairly easily and it turns out they don't live there. It was getting home that soon became a problem. We got on a bus that should have worked and we got on going the wrong way. We soon found ourself in a different little city called Jaworzno (or something like that). Then we got on a city bus going to the city center to find another bus out, we weren't sure if our monthly tickets from Katowice worked (they do work in some sattelite cities) and then we got ticket checked. They caught us red handed and we tried to explain that we thought our tickets should work and we will just get off at the next stop, but instead of hitting us with a 150zł fine, they let us off with buying a ticket from the bus driver which was very nice of them. We got off the bus at the station in this town, not knowing if any bus would ever come that could save us, but I asked a nice couple how to get to Katowice or Sosnowiec and they told me to take the next bus to the city square and from there to catch a private bus called a J-tka or E-tka to Katowice and from there to ride the normal busses to Sosnowiec. We did not like this option but it was our only choice and we were going to be very late. As we waited for the next bus, the bus we were originally on that got us into this city (which was supposed to have already stopped running for the day and was not supposed to go to that stop) stopped right in front of us. IT WAS A MIRACLE!!! We hopped on and got victory photographs. About three or four bus stops later, the bus broke down. Unbelievable. We got off, and to our amazement, another bus that worked came just two minutes later. We were saved!!! It was a wild adventure, and we made it home with time to spare for contacting where we met a very nice couple who quizzed me on how much I knew about Jesus. I guess I won the quiz, they were quite impressed. All in all, it was a good day to end off a good week. 
Lots of love,
Starszy Godwin

 Happy and victorious to have made it on the right bus. Too bad it broke down minutes later.


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