June 8, 2011
Whoa! It finally happened. A guy actually called back when he said he would. His name is Stanley. He’s Chinese and he has now been to church three times! We called him on Sunday night and asked if we could come by. He declined because he had to work and, like everyone else, he told us he would call back when he had some free time. Funny thing is, he actually did! It was pretty crazy. We had a good little get-to-know-him lesson. We discussed baptism, but he said that he needs to know more about Christianity before he decides to take a step like that. I have a lot of faith in this guy’s progression. Also, he has friends that he said we can meet sometime. Can you say referrals?
So that’s Stanley. After we taught Stanley we decided to go contacting at some little wooden houses on the banks of Sungai Miri (Miri River) for a bit. No success there but right as we were leaving this little kid rode by on a huge bike – way, way too big for him. We talked to the kid and he said we could come by and speak with his dad. So we did. His dad was nice and invited us back later that week. As we were leaving we asked him if there was anything we could do for him. He said “no” but that he would call if he thought of anything. We left and about 20 minutes later he called and asked us to clean his porch. We turned around, went back and cleaned his porch. After we were finished we sat down with him and had a nice discussion with him, his children and his mom. His wife was also in the room but she sat with her back towards me, pretending not to listen although I think she really was. We invited her to sit with us next time. She kinda freaked out and was like “No, no, no, no, no, no, no…” I think she will change her mind.
So, Miri is going well. I still am not to familiar with the area but it’s moving, you know? I think often about our struggles in Kuching and wonder why we couldn’t make something happen. It’s a tough thing to open a new area and then watch it close down when you leave. All I can do is make sure that Elder Forsyth and I get things moving here in Miri. The work here has been slow too, but I’m confident we can make something happen.
So one of the elders in our apartment is the single, goofiest guy ever. I’ll call him Elder X. This past week he was talking about his zipper. It turns out he didn’t know what a fly is for! It still makes me laugh. Also, on Monday night he was trying to drink from a glass that was too full and tried to lap it up like a dog. He missed and ended up dipping his whole nose in it. Everyone at the whole appointment cracked up. Living with him is very entertaining.
The work is going well and I love Miri. Here’s to my year mark tomorrow!!!! I love you guys.