|Elder Rueckert and our garden|
|Thriving Flower Boxes and our Tomato tree|
|Tomato already growing, and it is still May!|
|Sister Rueckert with her Goulash and my Weinerschnitzel with fried onions|
|Outdoor sitting area at Zum Lowen|
|Large Geranium bush at Zum Lowen|
As a little background, we visited Sister Mendes last month, she lives in a tight living quarters with three of her children, ages 16, 18 and 20. She is awaiting a better living arrangement to come from the government in the next little while. We had invited her and her children to come to our My Path Workshop last month. She had arrived with her three children and another daughter that is not living with her (and also a friend of her youngest daughter). They became prime participants in the My Path Workshop. She and her two sons are participating in the My Job Search group and her youngest daughter is in the Education for Better Work group. Her oldest daughter came to the workshop but has not yet come to a group. She also had a birthday while we were in Italy.
Last night when we arrived, her oldest son was at home with her and she invited her oldest daughter to be there with us. We were received with open arms and had a wonderful visit. She was enthusiastically telling us all that she and her sons are learning in the Job Search group, focusing on what she has learned about Using her Time Wisely and Obedience from the My Foundations subjects. Her son shared with us his Me in 30 Seconds. Both of them are much more outgoing, confident and happy. What a blessing is is to work with this family.
However, the real treat is to work with her oldest daughter who has been inactive for quite a while. She wants to go back to Church but is not sure of how she will be received. However, she had a wonderful experience at the My Path Devotional and wants us to have another one. It was a sweet experience to visit with her yesterday and to feel of her love and appreciation. She committed to go to Church today and to participate in the My Job Search group next Friday with her family. If nothing else were to happen in our Self-Reliance efforts in our ward, the progress of this family makes it all worth it. We left the home feeling so edified by them. We understood why the Lord kept telling us to contact her and we are glad we were able to visit them before this Sunday.
These are the joys of missionary work and of all service that we do in the Church. When we can in some small way help individuals to understand who they are and that their Heavenly Father loves them no matter what, the Holy Ghost testifies so strongly to individuals of the truth of that message.
Yesterday, I finished all of my priorities on my task list but was most blessed by the one item that the Lord had added to my list.
Before posting, one great update, our special friends did make it to Church today, including the older sister. She spent time with one of the primary teachers, giving assistance. She says she will be back next week. This made our day!
|Our pruned trees are finally beginning to sprout leaves!|