I am so happy to announce that this week was the first week for the members in Iguatu to attend a full 3 hour block of church and have callings!!!!!!!!! The group here has been growing so fast and we are so close to becoming a Branch. This past Sunday was truly amazing! We now have church from 9am to 12pm and there are callings for every class and group. It was so fun to watch the members step up and accept positions to serve and lead the classes. I absolutely loved this week at church! It was different because normally the missionaries do everything, but now we finally have the help we need and I know that Iguatu is in good hands. It is an amazing feeling to see the fruits of our labor and God doing his work here. I absolutely love it here in Iguatu! I cant imagine leaving this place. I keep telling myself that I would be just fine with staying in Iguatu for the rest of my mission!
Now, other news. The area that Sister Angulo and I serve in is the poorest area of Iguatu. This past week something very interesting happened. There are people rebelling to buy homes and so there are now (in our area) areas of houses (more like huts) that are built out of literally cardboard and blankets. When I saw this I was in total shock! It was like the photos of India that Dad would show us. The people made their own community out of the most random things. It is very sad!
I have a funny story, but I dont know if emailing it will do it justice. Sister Angulo and I were walking from one area to another and to do so we have to walk on this road that goes on forever and just has plants on both sides. Well, some people decided to burn some of the plants and there were HUGE flames in front of us. We continued to walk towards the flames and then something just bursted! We ran on the side of the flames to hurry past all the smoke. The funny part of this story was that were in our skirts running through smoke as the ashes are falling around us. At this moment I felt like I was in an action film! I was laughing so hard because it just seemed like I was Jason Bourne. It was awesome!
Like always, I am so grateful for the experiences I have had here and continue to have!
Love you all!