Wow can you guys already believe that it's August?! Man does time pass by super fast. This week was super awesome! It was the last week of the transfer and we ended it off strong! This Saturday we had a baptism of a sweet little girl named Juliana (aka Ju) who has 9 years. Her parents are already members but are a bit afastada(not really attending) (sorry guys...forgot the word in english) church but were totally supportive of her being baptized. In fact it was her dad that stopped us in the rua(street) the other day and asked if we had finished teaching Ju because she had recently turned 9. We sprung on the oportunidade and started to finish teaching her the next day. There wasn't much that she hadn't already learned because she still goes to church with her uncle, aunt, and sister which made things a bit smoother. We finished up everything on Tuesday and set her baptism for this past Saturday. It was a very special day for everyone. Her dad even left early from work to come and watch it. Even though her parents are coming to church on a regular basis, they still remember the importance of their children being baptized and staying active in the church instead of the world. It was awesome to see their support for Ju. Then Saturday was a crazy, run around day. A set of elders in my district (with whom we share the capela/chapel) also had a baptism Saturday of a little boy who also has 9 years so we decided to do it together. After Ju came out of the water, we ran into the bathroom to help her and once we entered, there she was with the biggest smile on her face. We were so happy for her and this decision that she made to follow Jesus Cristo. Then once everyone was dressed and back together, Sister Curcino and I sang "I am a Child of God" --first and third verse in Portuguese and the second in English--we aren't the best of singers but for Ju, we were willing to do anything to make this day special for her. She is such a sweet girl.
Friday Sister Curcino and I baked 100+ cookies to distribute Saturday to random people on the streets. Man I don't think I've ever spent so much time in the kitchen but once everything was done, man did our house smell delicious! Then Saturday morning, we brought them to our ward mission leader's house to put them in little baggies with the recipe and pass along card. Then off we went to the streets--Sister Curcino, eu, Gustavo (ward mission leader), and his wife (Marli) and daughter (Raquel)--to give out the cookies and try to find more people to teach. We received a lot of endereços and this was a great way to talk to the people in the streets and more people stopped to talk with us because they weren't focusing on the fact that we were missionaries but that we had something free to give to them. It was a great idea to help with an obra missionária and to help us find those people who are really searching for the gospel. Now this week will be even crazier to visit all these people.
With yet another transfer ended yesterday, last night we got the long awaited call. And guess what?! I'm staying in Parque Bristol and GOING TO BE A MÃE!! I am going to be training again. Wow. I was really not expecting this but I am super excited! Sister Curcino is going to be transferred to another area to stay in trio until she leaves. Things got pretty crazy last night after we got the call but today things are a bit calmer. I am super excited for this next transfer, to stay in Parque Bristol and show a newb the ropes.
Hope you all had the most wonderful week!! Enjoy what summer time you have left. Love you all so much!!!
Love, Sister Hilchie :)