Philippines Cauayan Mission

Philippines Cauayan Mission

Monday, April 6, 2015

Second Area Trials

Don't really know where to start so I guess I'll start with the storm. On Wednesday, President texted and said we can go withdraw our support money to be able to prepare for the storm that was going to come on Sunday. Fast forward to Friday (I think) and we were talking about it with some people and they said it was a category three storm. We asked every person we talked to about it since everyone was saying something different. Final conclusion on Saturday night was a category 2 that was going to arrive at 4:00 Sunday morning. Well, woke up Sunday morning, looked up at the sky and there was still some blue! Darker clouds did finally come in and it started raining while we were at church. Rain wasn't even that hard though and there was no more than a breeze of wind. Huge let down. I was looking forward to it all week. Hopefully we can get another one soon. I think "typhoon season" is more in July but I'm not sure.

Another rough week with the work. Haven't gotten very much luck here in San Pedro. I was told many times back in Bambang that a trial was going to come in my second area. I don't know if this is it or not but right now the area is not good at all. Last cycle we returned five less actives right? Three of them haven't came to church for 4 weeks in a row for random reasons like getting a haircut and stuff. Investigator wise it hasn't been going well either. Our main potential investigator, Sister Princess, is moving to Roxas this week so she will be in other Elders' area so we will refer her to them.

Had a service assignment on Wednesday that was pretty fun. Well the part of being with everyone in the zone was fun. It was over in the sisters' area. We went to a families chili field and weeded between the rows of chili plants. It was a lot to do and super hot but we still made it fun.

Friday was a pretty weird day. Holy Friday or Good Friday? Something like that. But there was like nobody outside. There were no people in the fields and the zone leaders told me even the Savemore (like a Walmart in America) in Roxas was closed. When we asked if we could share with some people they told us no since it was Holy Friday. Then when we stopped for some drinks at a little Tindihan, a group of about 30 people walked by carrying a statue with candles lit at the bottom of it. They went over to the community basketball court and started doing some worshipping there. First time I've seen something like that.

Another week of ups and downs for sure. I can't wait for conference next week though. It's always uplifting and inspiring. Can't believe it's already been 6 months from last conference. Time is so fast out in the mission field! Hope everyone had a happy Easter! Love you all.

Love Elder Haacke

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