Sunday, February 15, 2015

Missionary work in Machalí

            Last week it was time to renew our focus on missionary work after our daughter left so we did interviews in San Fernando on Thursday, then on Friday night we went out with the sister missionaries.  We had a lesson with an investigator and her husband, and then the next lesson fell through so we went to visit an inactive family.  We had a very pleasant visit with the couple; they have four children and we enjoyed meeting the children and visiting.  Before we left we had a prayer and took a family picture.
            Today we spoke in the Machalí ward which happens to be the home ward of that family.  The sister missionaries and we were excited to see them come today.  President Warne had printed and framed the picture for them, and they were thrilled to receive it.  President reminded me that nothing happens by chance in the Lord’s work and this is a clear example.  The members of the ward were very friendly with them and we hope that they will continue to come back to full activity. 
           To us this is missionary work as it should be—missionaries working hard to find, teach and baptize, but also retain new converts and help inactives to remember the joy they felt when they were baptized and to find their way back.  We have many challenges here in Chile, and in our short three years here we will not see the end of the work that needs to be done.  But we can find joy in the progress we are making and pray for the Lord’s help to do better.  To those of you who are parents of missionaries serving here in Rancagua, thank you for sending your son or daughter to serve.  I would like to challenge everyone who reads this post to do something this week to advance the missionary effort where you are.  Blessings will come to you and you will bless the lives of those you help.
Great family from Machalí

Sorry for only two pictures today.  I promise to do better next week. 
Couple on the far right came back to visit so
all the couples came for dinner-great fun!

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