The Princess Life / Typhoon Life
Gah. So many things happened this week!
I'll get to the typhoon in the end- don't worry.
First things first:
On Monday, a member took us four missionaries out to the Harbor Restaurant at the Grand Hi- Lai Hotel.
It was... how do I put this:
It sounds so dumb, but I honestly just felt like a princess in a castle.
HUGE difference from our normal dinners- which include, sitting on some sort of stool in a small shop, trying to eat with chopsticks, while simultaneously killing all the mosquitoes that are eating you alive.
Sometimes I feel like Heavenly Father throws in little gifts here and there to help us keep on going.
Highlights of the week:
Exchanges happened this week!
Sister Johnston, a sister from Xiaogang, came over to the area!
We had SO much fun, and even though it was only 24 hours, we learned so much from each other :)
We met with a less active, Jin Xiu, and had a breakthrough lesson with her.
We really were able to help her understand that the gospel is here to help her- not to be a burden on her.
We were able to have a wonderful first lesson with a new investigator we found!
Met with a lot of ward members- and got to know our second ward a whole lot better :)
Ok- now typhoon time.
The typhoon hit Saturday morning.
I woke up to really LOUD wind. like REALLY LOUD.
I went out onto the balcony and ALL the scooters and bikes were fallen over.
We were told not to bike- only walk - and to stay near our house.
All our appointments were at the church- so we had to cancel them.
Basically we spent the day indoors calling through a bunch of former investigator's numbers. ...
The doors on the inside of our apartment were shaking from the wind that was coming through the cracks-
The only time we went out was to get food.
Because our fridge was empty.
And we were hungry.
I thought I had protected myself with you know a raincoat and umbrella...
The umbrella flipped inside out once I stepped outside.
Tree bark flew into my face.
Glass/branches/other random unidentifiable objects were flying everywhere.
Won't ever do that again...
It wasn't until we went out on Sunday that I saw all the damage from the typhoon.
Basically, every tree had fallen over, an insane amount of windows had been shattered, pots, plants, were all over the street. roofs had been torn apart. The people are ok- but the town itself, not so much.
We have a lot of service opportunities ahead of us this week- I am so grateful that all the missionaries were kept safe, and everyone in our wards were all ok.
I know Heavenly Father is taking care of us, and that he loves each and every one of us!
This gospel is so true, I know it with every part of my heart.
Sister Michelle Liu