Another busy week here in Zambia! On Tuesday I hopped on another bus and traveled for another 8.5 hours from Lusaka back to my area in Kitwe and surprisingly the bus ride seemed shorter this time haha probably because me and Elder Stein talked most of the way but it was good. I enjoyed the time that I got to spend in Lusaka.
Wednesday we got back to work in our normal companionships and kept busy the rest of the week meeting with our investigators and of course tracting when we get a moment. Over the course of the week we were able to teach a lot of our old investigators and even put 2 people on date for baptism! In fact tomorrow morning the zls are coming to our district meeting and then they will be interviewing Gabriel so that he can be baptized this Saturday and then confirmed on Sunday so we are very excited about that! The culture down here is to baptize on Sundays and then confirm the following Sunday but me and Elder Lusk both think that it would be better to not have such a long gap between those two special ordinances. We were able to talk to our branch president and get approval to make them back to back so hopefully we can implement that change smoothly this week. The other investigator that we have on date is Mougie who is the funny guy that owns the Boutique shop in Kwacha. He is on date for the 28th of this month but we will see if we can make that happen. We still have a lot that we need to teach him but he does have a desire to be baptized. In fact on Saturday when we committed him to baptism he said, "So can I just close up the shop and we can go right now?!" Hahaha so yeah he does have a desire.
The Kwama Elders also have someone who is ready to be baptized so we will be going to interview their investigator tomorrow after our investigator gets interviewed. Things are starting to turn around here and it is such a blessing. We really have put in a lot of hard work and we are just so glad that our work is paying off!
However with all of the good progress there are also disappointments. Sadly 2 of our "Golden" investigators, Samantha and Mpamba, disappeared off the face of the planet. We received word that Samantha moved back to the Western province which is very far away, and in fact that area is not part of the mission so I don't know what will happen to her. I just hope that she continues to read the Book of Mormon we gave her and maybe someday she will have another chance to be taught the gospel. Mpamba hasn't been back to work at the clinic for over 2 weeks now because he is very sick and hasn't been able to leave his home. He isn't even allowed to be around people in public because of what he is sick with. The sad part is that he doesn't have a phone so we can't contact him and visit him because we don't know where he stays. So we continue to pray for his well being so that someday he will be healthy enough to meet with us again.
We were able to spend a good amount of time tracting this week as well. We found 7 new investigators that seem quite promising. We are teaching 3 students that are going to Copper Belt University and they are very fun to teach because that are open to learning about the gospel and they are actually quite intelligent so it makes the lessons go a lot easier. We are also starting to teach some of the part-member families in our branch so hopefully we will have success there working with members. All in all it was a pretty good week!
The weather down here has been brutally hot all week with Saturday being the hottest day of my mission so far! However Sunday morning it was surprisingly cool until about noon and then it got very hot again. This morning we woke up to piter pater on our tin roof and so we walked outside and realized that it was actually RAINING during the hot season! We were so surprised but we enjoyed running around like little kids in the rain haha! The rain has been off and on all day like it will completely downpour, then sprinkle, then nothing, and then downpour some more. The temperature has been perfect today haha I wish it was like this all the time but Elder Lusk told me it usually rains once or twice during the hot season and then you know that the rain season will be here in about a month. So surprisingly we could have an earlier rainy season down here and I would have no problem with that.
The power has been off and on today as well so I am going to hurry up and send this email before I lose it haha. I hope that all is well back home! Until next week. Sending love from Africa! The church is true! Missionary work is the greatest!