I have limited time so I won't say much.
Sister da Silva was sick again, so we went very slow in our work. I had a blast at English class this week, though!! Joanna and I are best friends and we run and embrace each other each and every time. She's teaching me Mandarin as I help her with English! Plus she's giving me all the tips and tricks so when I go vacation in China, I know what to do. She taught me how to say "strong, independent woman" in Mandarin because she saw me put a table up all by myself and she told me that's what I am! She's great. BFFL
Speaking of Chinese folk, I had the craziest experience on a Blitz! I was with Hermana Brown, and we were wrapping up walking for the time being. On our way to the car, I saw two people working in their yard. It would have been so easy to ignore them and get to the car to get back to our group (we were already late), but both of us felt like we needed to go talk to them. I had a feeling they were Asian, so I got an English class card ready. Lo and behold, two Chinese women! I complemented their yard, and it was pretty obvious that they weren't fluent in English! I used my (extremely) broken Chinese and simple English while they used their (extremely) broken English and simple Chinese. Once they saw the card, however, they were very excited and wanted to talk to the people in charge! Those people just happen to be my Zone Leaders, the Chinese Elders! We call them on their phone, and Elder Dyer answers! "Hello, this is Elder Dyer!" I didn't know what to do because the language barrier was so severe, so I shouted, "Speak Chinese!" "What?" "Please, speak Chinese!" and then the women we were talking to started speaking Chinese, so there was this orchestra of frantic women attacking poor Elder Dyer. Oops. Finally, I explain the situation: "Elder Dyer, this is Sister Turner. We're talking to a few Chinese women and there's an issue of a language barrier. Will you please speak to them in Chinese?" Seven minutes of Mandarin speaking later, they walk away very happy. Apparently they're interested in English class and church. And that's why you talk with everyone!
I love y'all!!
There will be times when the path ahead seems dark, but keep following the Savior. He knows the way; in fact He is the way. - Stephen W Owen