Monday, July 1, 2013

Cross Country


So let's start with my last day in Nyíregyháza:
We had a lesson with our amazing investigator Jozsef. It was a really great program. He is still set to be baptized in just a few weeks. (also, I talked to Sister Larsen recently and she said he is already half way through the Book of Mormon- the SECOND time). What a cool miracle to have at the end of the transfer. We also stuck around after and sang a translated version of "my kindness shall not depart from thee" for him and Heni, the church member that helped us in a ton of programs. It was a really cool way to end. But, that actually wasn't the last program. This one last miracle in Nyíregyháza is such a huge thing to me and I'll have to back track to even tell you the gist of the story: One of our first weeks last transfer we got a call from one of the elders that used to be in Níregyháza. He suggested a 10-story to tract. We felt good about trying it so we went. There we found an incredible investigator. (I'm sure I mentioned him a few times in some emails). His knowledge of the bible was incredible and we really loved teaching him. But there was a lot of opposition in his life. Then he stopped showing up to programs. We tried to get ahold of him and never could. But we never stopped praying for him. We randomly stopped by his apartment or called him throughout the transfer, had some members try to look him up on Facebook. No success. But we didn't give up. One of the last weeks (I cant remember if I mentioned this in my last email) we showed up at his apartment, and an older lady let us in. And he was there! We were able to get his new phone number and he said he wanted to meet again. But then he didn't come to the baptism or church like he said he would.  Then the last night, after our program with the other investigator, we waiting for him. He didn't show up- again. We called him and he said he would come but not until later. We couldn't stay later- we are obedient missionaries and we had to be home. Right before we were about to leave, he showed up. We were able to teach him a great quick lesson (and still get home on time). It was so great to see our prayers were answered, even in the literal final hour. What a blessing.

Another sweet thing from last transfer. Remember that family I told you about in my last email? With the little girl who draws? Well on our train ride to transfers I drew her a picture of Christ and had Sister Larsen take it to her. Apparently the little girl asked the sisters to bring me back. Wow its so hard to leave, but I'm sure more great blessings are around the corner.
Now onto the next stage: Szombathely. 
Sister Montenagro is my new companion. I absolutely love her. Another obedient and hardworking missionary. She's only in her 3rd transfer, so it's really important for me to get the language down better, but she's working hard too and I'm very impressed with her. 
The transfer started off a little long and hot though. Because of flooding, we took a different train. It ended up taking us 7 hours to get to Szombathely- We had water for about the first hour. Just to mock us too, the train took us around the Balaton. Suffice it to say, it was a long, hot train ride and I'm grateful we made it. If anyone wants to make a bunch of money, they should try selling drinks on Hungarian trains. 

Other than that the transfer has been good so far. Our appartment is super old but pretty cool. It is basically a shack build on top of an apartment building. So our "deck" is really the roof. Nothing is better than sitting out on the roof, watching a Hungarian thunderstorm, drinking fruit tea and just talking about Christ after a long hard day of tracting in the sun. Thats one of those little details I think I will always love. 

We have some great goals for this transfer. This transfer's goal is about families. There are already a bunch of strong families in this branch (this branch is a little bigger than I'm used to- they actually have a building), but we feel like our goal should be focused on finding another. We're really excited to focus our efforts on that and hopefully see more miracles in the process. Well back to work :) 

Szeretlek Minding,
Curtin nővér

P.S. the little details:
I already wrote some in the main email, so just see the attached pictures for more:
1. Our investigator, us and some of the branch members in Nyiregyhaza
2. On that super long train ride- I fell asleep for a little and woke up to see a castle out our window. I thought I was dreaming for a little. It was random.
3. Sometimes we study on the "deck" (roof) when it's too hot and humid inside
4. There are a billion crows here- and one day a helicopter scared them all away at once. Pretty fun to watch- the pictures don't do it justice. 

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