First and foremost, no one needs to fret, I'm staying in Bordeaux with Soeur Stevens. So, basically everything is the same, except we were given more sisters to be over. Haha, we almost have double the other STL companionships. I think this may have slipped their minds as they made the new assignments, this is what happens when they you're in the corner of the mission. Oh well, bring it on. We're excited.
I'm glad that you got my journal and are enjoying it....I forgot about all of those crazy things that I didn't tell you about in letters. Oh my days in Aix...no need to stress now!
This week was a crazy week of ups and downs. The biggest miracle was with Joseph, he is an old ami that was taught in the summer (he was actually first taught by Soeur Pfost--my mission mom). Unfortuately, he got super sick and was in the hospital for 6 months but now is BACK and wants to get baptized! He is 56 years old, French (this actually must be a qualifier) and a concert pianist (he is INCREDIBLE). Problem... he has also been smoking almost a pack a day for 40 years. Luckily, he hs a lot of support. The biggest part of this miracle is that there was a member Frere Cadeau, who called Joseph every single day for 6 months and visited him too. He is the reason that Joseph is back! Members are the greatest. We met with him twice this week and he told us how badly he wants to get baptized. We tried to set a practical date with him in order to make sure that he is totally ready. But, he was not having it and wants to be baptized immediately--now we're going to be seeing him nearly daily for the next few weeks and pray for a miracle.
One of the craziest things that happened this week was the lock on our front door broke and we were locked both out of our apartment and in our apartment at various times of the week. Positive-- I got to improve my French vocabulary and now know the word for "locksmith". It really wasted a lot of time and was infuriating. It is still not fixed so we have to leave a side window cracked open so we can crawl through it...just in case.
Nothing else really, slower week. It was "les vacances", meaning that everything in France was closed and everyone was out of town. Luckily, we got to meet with some fantastic members and had a great time with them.
I hope you all have a wonderful week, I love being a missionary!
Je vous aime,
Soeur Alisa Hulme