Hello to one and all!
Life throws us unexpected adventures and as many of you know this is a common occurence at our home! But fortunately we can bounce back and we are up and running again! Due to some health issues, I have not been able to keep current on our missionary posts....Sorry :( Now that I am healthy and to simplify things, I have decided to resume our blog by posting from last week's email forward. :) Please do not worry, all is well at our home base in Virginia and with both our missionaries. Both were transferred right before Thanksgiving to new areas and are VERY happy. The transfers were a timely move for both of them. Kate and Christian enjoyed their Thanksgiving experience away from home and are looking forward to calling us on Christmas day.
We wish each of you a wonderful Christmas season! With our two missionaries away and my health, our family has simplified our lives quite a bit, making this Christmas season a special one. It is amazing how much your life can be blessed when you let the busy-ness of the season go. We hope that your homes are filled with the true meaning of Christmas. And that you have the opportunity to reflect on Christ's birth and his atonement.
Love to each of you!
Below are portions of last week's emails:
Subject: Wow ... Well it seems weird to say that I will be 20 ....
Well family this is Elder De-lis and I hope all is well this week! We are going to be having a great month in January! President Y---- wants the mission to have 100 baptisms in the month of January! WOW! I totally think that is possible. I have to say I feel the spirit behind that and the most amazing thing is that he feels so strongly that it can happen.
So we found 5 potential families in one day! We were on exchanges with one of the traveling assistants to the President, Elder S------ and he is a great missionary and we planned to find 2 new investigator families. That day we found FIVE! Alright, so at 12 we prayed we would tract by a former member in the Area book and that we would be able to then have a family near by that would be interested in the message. We knock on the house and no answer, then we went to one door over and we were in the car and we prayed and I had a prompting during the prayer to look to my right at a house and in the window I see a little girl. So we went and knocked on this house's door to see if they might be interested in our message. They were! They said to come back on the 23rd of December. So we are totally going to do that! We knocked on the next door and the woman there was interested too! We go one road up and we see a man riding a road bike and I talked to him a little bit about the gospel and we have an appointment for this Wednesday! These examples are the ones I am most exicted about! I thought that they were really cool! I learned this week that if you have enough faith miracles can happen!
I hope this week goes well with each of you!!!
I love you!
Elder Christian James Delis
Hermana Kate Delis
Subject: Hello again :)
Hi fam :) Sorry again my email didn't get to you last week--I have no idea what happened. Hopefully you got it this week. Maybe it was a horrible email and you weren't suppose to get it...welp!
Well, the work rocks. I love being here. I have had some of the coolest, strongest experiences on my mission this far over the past few weeks, and it's been so special. I just learn every day that the Lord is so mindful of me. It seems so so backwards that that is what I come away with--I spend all day trying to focus on the Lord and others, and the more I do, I just feel how close the Savior is to ME. It blows me away. I have no doubt that He lives, that He loves me so much. It's neat, too, because I am learning how to better help other people recognize that in their lives. That's always the struggle--I talked about it a lot in my last letter--I was just so flustered because I struggle to understand how to TRULY invite people to come unto Christ. If I really love people, I direct them to Christ. It's that simple. Therefore, I have to know what Christ teaches, what His laws are, where to find answers, THEN how to teach it all. What a struggle. I stress about it a lot. But everything all works out according ot heavenly's Father's plan. But I just want to follow Him. We are finding so many people that want the same things!
My companion: She's great! It's Hna C-----, and she is such a powerful woman. She REALLY understands the gospel and just wants to live it. She's hysterical, so we have a ton a fun serving together. I've told you before, companions are HUGE in the mission. Just hugely important. We strenghten each other--we have the potential to do so so much for each other because we are literally inseperable. One thing I appreciate a tone: I can tell she prays for me in lessons. I can feel it when she does. It makes a difference. Prayers matter. :)
Okay, well I have to get going. :) I love to be a missionary, and I am grateful that you always support me. I feel it so often!