Monday, January 18, 2016

WEEK 21 Jan 18, 2016 New BIG area-Elder Tiu-Working hard for contacts-15 minute good decision

Another week passing by! So this was another week of a lot of contacting. Elder Tiu and I are in a hard area and as some Malagasys say, we are in the hardest area. Our area is still way big. I'm still trying to get it down so I'm not too sure where members live. The church we meet in is this taken over hospital! Way cool! The ward is big and its great. The goal this year is to get it so big that they have to split it. 
 People aren't very accepting so far. We go door to door and they usually say next time. We went back to the people we contacted last week and they didn't answer... so we kept contacting! We have found three new people this week and it seems like they are open to hear our message. We taught them and have return appointments so hopefully everything will work out! We have been trying to get referrals because those are sooooo great. I know at home if anyone has referrals then give them to the missionaries! And apparently there are a lot of in-actives in our area so we are really trying to get member help this next week to have them show us their houses because there is no way we could find it on our own...!
Cool things to look forward to this week! We have a zone activity this Thursday and we are playing soccer on this super nice field! Another cool thing is more contacting!!!!! Yes! It will be a great week as long as we work hard! So having Elder Tiu as a companion is great. He works way hard! We make it our goal to stay out every night to 8:30pm even in the pouring rain and then start our walk home. Really has brought some good surprises. The other day we had the choice to go home or stay out maybe 10 or 15 more minutes because it was pretty late. We decided to stay out, said a prayer asking where to go, and we started walking. We found some people sitting outside and we started talking to them. They said there was just a death and that everyone was really sad. We bore testimony to them about the plan of salvation and asked if they wanted to learn. They said yes and we set up an appointment. It was great to see the Lords hand and we were both very happy because of our decision! 
Well the work keeps going here in Madagascar. I hope everyone has a great week! 
Elder Bowen
Elder Bowen leading the music at Zone Conference...the star of the video!!!!!
The GREAT Madagascar ZONE-Elder Tiu my companion just right of me

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