And all through Bangkhea,
Not a person was free.
New year's is 3 days away!
They all said, "We can't - we'll be out of town."
We started to feel there was no one around,
When I in desperation, and Sister Stack in a whirl
Decided to ask .... this little girl.
She said, " I guess I can come,
Just let me ask my mum."
That's about all I can come up with, but yeah that was our week, everyone told us that they were going to be out of town, and we thought we weren't going to have two investigators at church. Then I remembered this random girl - her mom had told us she liked learning about Jesus, so we called, and she said she could come. Bwahahahaha, and she is about the most awesome person in the world. We asked her if she wanted to follow Jesus Christ and she was like, "Yes I do, how can I?" And we gladly got her a baptism date. Her name is May. She is 14, so she has to go to church for 3 months before she can get baptized because her mom isn't a member, but if her mom gets baptized, she doesn't have to wait. We will see what we can do to get the mom interested.
On a different note, I forgot the camera cord again, so I still haven't gotten you the pictures of A's baptism... sorry about that. But she got the gift of the Holy Ghost this week. (: She's a full-on member now.
That's really all that's happened since I called you on Wednesday. We have been Dan Jonesing every day (which we were suppose to be doing before, but weren't....) for 2 hours, and it has been hard, but it has been good. If we hadn't, we never would have met May. Oh, one day (I can't remember which), we were "inviting" at a bus stop and a person came up to me and asked, "How can I get rid of sin?" I guess he'd heard us talking about baptism. Anyway, it was amazing. He promptly went out of town for New Year's, so we haven't been able to meet with him again, but it was a really good experience to show that there really are people here in Thailand that are ready for the gospel, that want to change their lives.
Sister Stack is super Awesome. I feel like I've known her for a long time. One of my favorite things she does is after Christmas we start playing the "Have fun getting skinny" game (also known as a diet). Well, we're doing pretty badly on it, and sometimes, especially when members give her food, Sister Stack will eat it and complain about how fat she is, while eating, and she'll say the most outrageous things, like "My kids will look through my pictures and be like, where are you Mom? Who's that fat pregnant woman?" Stuff like that. Good times.
That's all I can think of so here is your culture lesson:
New Year's is about five thousand times bigger here in Thailand than Christmas. I asked many people what they will be doing for Christmas, and they all are like, "Nothing, working," but if you ask them what they are doing for New Years, they all are like, "Oh, I'm going out of town, visiting family, going to parties, staying up all night." All sorts of things, which make no sense to me, because this isn't even their new year! They have their own new year in April, and they also celebrate the Chinese one in February (I think that's when it is.) But it's HUGE here. I expect to be kept awake by fireworks all night Wednesday.