Things are going okay in my area of Bagong Bantay (New Guard). Yeah, my area is Bagong Bantay, Project 6 and Pag-Asa (Hope). Tandang Sora (Old Sora) is the name of the zone. Being a Zone Leader is good. There's a lot more paperwork than being a District Leader, but it's nothing compared to being an office missionary so its smooth sailing for me. This area is hard because we have to do a lot more finding than I am used to but we've been finding new ways to find people and we've been able to get into a few doors. One thing that I’ve been doing here is speak English to people. Most of the affluent people in the Philippines speak great English. I used it one time to introduce our message to a man named Larry. He asked if it would take long, so I told him we would only share for 10 minutes. We ended up staying for an hour just talking and laughing with him and sharing the gospel. It worked out pretty great. We've been seeing small miracles happen here lately.
Like earlier this week, we got a real referral! As in someone who was been prepared by a member to be taught by the missionaries. There was a man from Canada named Tony who came to visit his Filipina girlfriend and found our number and called us up to teach his girlfriend, Joy. Joy was very open minded and ready to listen to the Gospel because of its influence on her boyfriend. So, we taught her about how families can be together forever since they are planning to get married. Tony left on Thursday back to Canada but she still even came to church yesterday. I was surprised and so we are going to follow up with her and prepare her for baptism.
The work is tough; I'm not going to lie. Most of the time it's filled with disappointments and appointments not going through and walking down hot roads or in the rain, but when you have one good experience or see one little miracle happen, all the disappointments and frustrations disappear. I know there have been countless times that I’ve been punted and many people that did not want to be taught or tried to argue with us, but I honestly cannot remember too many of them because all of the good things that have happened trump the bad experiences. Trust me!
Oh and best day ever! After Mission Leadership Council, I went to the Distribution Center and guess who I saw? I saw Tita Lennet!!! She was with her past missionary companions from Baguio. Anyway, we took a lot of pictures and she was speaking Tagalog to me. I was kind of culture shocked because I’m not used to understanding her Tagalog back home. So it was weird that we were speaking to each other in Tagalog and it was quite natural! I was amazed just how much I have changed since the last time I saw her. It was a sweet experience and a tender mercy from the Lord. I deeply appreciated it. It was indeed a great day! Too bad Lara Randall and Tito Monjun were not with her at the time.
By the way, I have good news and bad news. Bad news first…
The bad news is I lost my camera... in a taxi last night. It was dark, it was raining, Elder Vuna was sick and in the midst of the chaos I think my camera fell out of my bag. My mind just wasn't thinking straight with everything going on and I felt that I left my camera inside but I ignored it to open the door for my sick kabahay Elder Vuna... >.<
The good news is that I have all of my pictures backed up into a USB. Aand I got your package earlier today!!!!!!!! Yay!!!!!!!!! IT HAD THE NEW SD CARD SO I SPENT THE LAST WHILE LOOKING AT ALL OF THE PICTURES AND VIDEOS! Haha!!! ^_^ Yeah, all the chocolates were surprisingly well intact! The T shirts were great! I loved the one from Bubba Gump Shrimp! The nuts I love! And the pictures were so funny! Tita Lennet gave me chips ahoy and 1000 pesos and some other snacks along with a t-shirt with an American flag on it.
Anyway that is all for now! I wish you all a good week and a special congratulations to Zach Stone for his upcoming marriage!
Love you all!
Doing you Proud,
Elder Froude ^_^
Could you send something to Zach for me? Along with this message.
"My good friend, Zach! Congrats on getting married! I totally wish I could be there for your wedding but the Lord has other plans for me. I'll make sure to see you and Mandy when I get back in 2014. You've been a great inspiration to me in high school and I've always respected you as a Scholar, as an Athlete, and as a Disciple of Jesus Christ. Best of luck to you two!"
Always your friend,
Elder Julien Froude ^_^
P.S. Let Coach Stone, Mrs. Stone, Kaitlyn, Marcus, and Jared know I say hi!