When our zone arrived in Brussels for the zone conference this last week, we realized that there were no direct trains back to Lille–the city we’d all have to pass through to get back to our villes. The fastest way would be to take a train through Gent to Kortijk (both of these villes are outside of our mission) and then get another train to Lille. So after calling the assistants to see if we could do that, we did it.
Basically our entire zone came with us. Yet somehow the train that we were supposed to take from Kortijk to Lille didn’t exist! And we didn’t find out until we got there. There was only one train that was going to Lille and that wouldn’t be arriving for over an hour. So basically our entire zone was outside of the mission for a long while. It was kind of funny being there too because we didn’t get service on our phones and we couldn’t understand anything anyone was saying because it was all Flemish. It’s weird being somewhere where you don’t understand the language at all.
So that was a funny experience for us haha.
Besides that, we had some great things happen last week. Wednesday we got to spend the day with a couple of the recent convert members. They drove us around a ville called Maubeuge which is one of the farther points in our area. We stopped by and got to teach some of the recent converts there and the less actives. It was a very busy and tiring day but we had a great time getting to know some of the members better.
Of course, the big news is the baptism of the mother of that recent convert family! That’s happening this weekend! They announced it yesterday at church and the ward members were extremely excited and happy to hear the news. It sounds like most of the ward will be there for the baptism which is great. She has so much support behind her! The ward here and really been a blessing for the missionary work.
We also found a new investigator this week which was great, especially for Elder Kendall. I’m glad that we were able to find one within his first week. I wanted him to have that experience early in his mission (no repeats of Mantes, please!) Our new investigator is from Cameroun. He’s a really cool guy. We’ll be seeing him again tonight. We invited him to the ward family home evening that they’ll be doing so we’re praying that that will go well!!
And it’s gotten cold in the last week. We’ve got our suits back on and it’s nearly the time to cover up well in a big old coat that one would never wear in Arizona.
I found out last winter that I don’t like the cold.
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
Elder Saul Marquez