Monday, August 17, 2015

12 letter from Eindhoven, Netherlands -- Week 60

This was at Ben's dinner appointment last night.  Renata and Angelique are so good to the missionaries.  Elder Steenblik, Renata, Elder Schmidt, and Angelique
Elder Steenblik and his favorite 85 year old friend, Harry


I guess I’ll start with the good news.  I am staying in Eindhoven! I am so dang happy about that. Unfortunately, Elder Schmidt will be getting transferred.  He will be getting a greenie and training! Elder Da Silva will become my new companion.  I don’t even know the kid, but I have heard that he is great. Elder Parr (my MTC comp) will also be coming to Eindhoven with a greenie.  The 4 of us will live together, so that should be a blast!

One of the many reasons I am excited to stay is because of our new P day streetball tradition.  There is a super nice court here and there are always brothas playin’ ball.  We go every P day and ball them and have made some cool friends.

We had a lesson with Shakira this week.  She is a less active member who we haven’t been able to meet with in a couple of months.  Her husband is anything Anti-Mormon, so it is hard for her to get to church. She has an adorable 4 year old son who just adores the missionaries.  We are hoping to get her in church this next transfer.

We also met with a new investigator this week named Diana.  She is a woman from Curacao and has some spice to her.  She is so dang funny and our lesson with her was pretty crazy.  Her kids and their friends were in the living room observing us.  There was some 15 year old Jehovah Witness kid who just kept trying to fight against everything we said.  Diana basically told that kid to “shut it” because he was wrong.  Haha… it was sick.

On Thursday this week I was on an exchange in Amsterdam with Elder Neptune.  That is such a cool place! Everyone there is just so chill.  Probably because they are all high on weed, but still.  At the end of the day, we drove through the heart of Amsterdam to get home.  It is such a beautiful city.

We met with Umu this week and taught the Word of Wisdom.  The only thing she is going to have to work on is drinking tea.  That’s pretty dang good if the only problem your investigator has with the Word of Wisdom is drinking tea! She committed to stop drinking tea and to live it.  She came to church yesterday for the 4th time.  After church, we had 4 different members invite her over for dinner with us. Our ward members are amazing! Yesterday we had dinner at Renata and Angelique´s house with Umu and Harry.  Because she was a Muslim and has Muslim family, she has to wait to get her permanent residency permit for the Netherlands before she can get baptized.  She will know in October if she will get it or not.  If she doesn’t get it, she is going to move back to Africa so she can pick up her daughter and go find a safe place to live.  We are hoping and praying that it is the Lord´s will that she can get it and stay here and be baptized.

If you would all please pray for Umu, that would be just lovely.

Thanks for your support.  Love you guys!
                                                        -Elder Steenblik

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