Saturday, April 25, 2015

8th letter from Hengelo, Netherlands -- Week 44 (A few days early)

I was trying to steal Elder Abanke's swag by using his glasses.  It didn't work!
Our beds already for our starry night
Elder Hunter England gazing at the stars

P-day is on Saturday this week because Monday is a big Dutch holiday called King's Day.

Well, we started the week off with an exchange.  Elder Abanke came here with me in Hengelo.  He is a super swagalicous piece of man from Suriname which is on the north coast of South America.  He is one of the coolest guys you will ever meet! He is so humble and just, amazing.

We were walking home and we walked past a little bar/cafe thing by our house and some people yelled "hey boys!" I thought “oh great, the drunk people are yelling at us.”  I looked and they told us to come sit with them.  We went over and they told us that they have seen us all over the Netherlands, but didn’t know what we do.  We told them how we were missionaries from our church and then they had lots of questions about the church.  There was a group of about 8 of them, so we basically started teaching them! Believe it or not, we actually had a very intellectual conversation with them.  While we were talking to them some drunk guys came outside and started yelling at us and our new homies totally stood up for us.  It was sick! Elder Abanke already speaks Dutch, but they thought that I was just the most amazing thing they have ever seen.  Haha! They couldn’t even imagine that 18 year old kids would leave America, learn Dutch and go teach for 2 years in a foreign land what they believe.  They were just in shock and had so much respect for us.  Before we left, I was talking to one of the guys about rugby and I asked him if he had ever seen “Forever Strong.”  He hadn’t, so he looked it up on his phone and even started downloading it.  We are in the Netherlands, so you can just download whatever you want legally.  Haha! Now every time we ride by the bar/cafe thing, some of the people yell "Hey Elders" and wave to us.  It’s awesome because now we have some new friends!

We also went on Splits in Enschede this week and worked with them for a while.  We found some new people and made an appointment for next week for them.  The dinner appointment we had cancelled and it was Elder Crowson's birthday, so we all went out to dinner to an Argentinian Steakhouse and got delicious burgers.

This week was fairly warm.  To show the Lord how grateful we were for the warm weather, we slept under the stars! On the 2nd floor of our house there is a little part of roof that you can walk on, so we took our mattresses out and slept outside.  It was great and I felt like I was camping.  We woke up in the morning and we were covered in frost and everything was wet.  It reminded me of trek! Overall, a very baller experience.

We met with most of our investigators this week as well. Things are going good with everyone.

Well, we just had P-day on Monday, so that is basically it.  Have a great week everyone!

                                                 --Elder Steenblik

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