Dated 24th July 2017
First, Happy Pioneer Day! My week has been full of adventures, getting to know the area, and MIRACLES.
So I want to start off with the miracle of the week: Elder Osborne's foot. You know from last latter that his foot got something in it from walking at low tide without any shoes on. We think it was coral. Anyway, to continue the story, this past Sunday, I fasted for his health and that everything will be ok and that we will be able to go to Kainaba. Later that night after I have already closed my fast and was about ready to have dinner with a member, my thoughts were drawn away and I started thinking of the future and what was coming up. When I thought of Elder Osborne and his foot, I had this overwhelming feeling of peace that everything will go well and that there will be no problems. So the next morning at 8:00 AM, he went to the hospital for his "surgery". It turned out that the appointment was just to look further at his foot and to determine what needed to be done and where it needed to be cut to get the things out of his foot. They decided he would have his surgery the next day at 9:00 AM. He told me afterward that he wanted a blessing, so the AP's gave him one. He went to the doctor the next day to get the surgery don and the doctor looked at his foot and tried to figure out where he was going to cut. He told Elder Osborne to get an ultrasound done to see. He had had this done the day before and when the nurse did this she said, "Yesterday there were signs of objects in your foot, but now there are none." Elder Osborne was amazed and thankful for this miracle.
While this was happening, I was with the West Zone Leaders, heading to Betio to drop someone off when the phone rang and Elder Osborne was on the phone asking where we were. He said we are headed to Kainaba, my foot is cleared and the waa leaves at 4:00. So after we dropped off Scheffield in Betio, we hurried back and grabbed my stuff and went to Eita to pick up Elder Osborne and then headed to Ambo to catch the waa to Kainaba. We got on the waa which was thankfully powered by an engine - which only takes about 40 - 60 minutes to get to Kainaba. (I'll have to send some pics when I get internet.)
I got to Kainaba around 5:00 and started right away visiting members and getting to know them. I have introduced myself many times. My first whole day was Wednesday where we ran to the south end of the island - which takes about 7 minutes to run at a slow pace and exercised with Aroito to help strengthen his back after that we went to Itaia's house and had breakfast soup with breadfruit. It is very good with donuts (fried bread). After we showered and studied, we went to a small island named Biikentoka. To get there you have to wade through waist deep water if it is high tide. We went to visit - honestly THE best investigators I have had. Their names are Namwaroro and Katikora. Katikora is probably the only person that I have seen that is so dedicated. She only has one leg and gets around by using a stick. We lessoned with them and learned that she has finished the Book of Mormon and that she comes to church in Kainaba which she has to cross that 20 yard stretch of lagoon to get to Kainaba. We are trying to get them ready for baptism on the 19th of August. I'm excited! After that, we visited a bunch of people and tried to find some of our investigators to get them ready for baptism as most of them had their date for this coming Saturday. Afterwards, we had dinner with a less active family to try to get them to come back to church. It was so much fun and there are a lot of potential investigators with that family. So we are trying to open more doors to be able to hopefully be able to teach, so we brought with us a volleyball net, volleyball, and a soccer ball to get started having a game night on Friday. We asked them to set up a volleyball court. On game night, we had volleyball, Sorry, and Canasta all going on at the same time. Honestly, is was just a fun time to get everyone out and together.
This last Saturday we were blessed to have a baptism that completed a family.
Now you are probably wondering what Kainaba is like, how are the people?? The best way to describe it is Zion. It has a potential of just getting better and only increasing! The people here are the nicest and most caring people of I have met so far. It is like a little piece of Heaven. This area was opened in January of 2017 and the work has boomed! So far in this area there have been 50+ baptisms. The people here are really excited about the missionary work and if we need anything, the members are there to help us. We eat about 5 - 6 meals a day and this does not include the big dinner that we have every night. I LOVE KAINABA.
My spiritual thought this week comes from Alma 5. I encourage you guys to read it and really answer those questions personally as an interview with yourself. It is true when it says that the Shepherd is still calling. Jesus Christ is that shepherd. He is calling to you to repent and to come unto Him "all ye that are heavy laden" (see Matthew 11:28-30) I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Redeemer and Savior. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Elder Samuel Haycock
I am called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This blog is about my adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ for the next two years in the Republic of Kiribati.
Rachel Haycock - I am the mother of 6 amazing children and the lucky wife of a dear, sweet man. I love to write, read, cook, teach and sew. I hope you feel the Spirit of the Lord as you read about Elder Haycock's adventures in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.