We have been experiencing a black out for the past 11 hours, hoping that the power comes on in time to send this letter before Amy gets on the internet to read email from home. We were told that the power would be turned off today from 8 to 5 and we weren’t too worried about it because we were going to Linden for church and knew that we wouldn’t be back to Georgetown until 4 or so, but here it is almost 8 PM and the power is still off. The food in the fridge is starting to get warm and we are getting tired of it all. Some people in this neighborhood have generators which start up immediately when the power goes off but we do not so we just do things that don’t require electricity.
This has been a big week for us. Besides the usual office work, Dad spent many hours yesterday drilling holes through the walls of the apartments we rent for the elders so that we could run hoses for the propane tanks outside so that the stoves the elders use did not have the propane tanks inside the apartments. It is a safety measure which the church requires now that there should be no propane tanks inside the apartments. We finished three apartments and there are still two to go.
Earlier this week, we had a skype meeting with the 24 couples and the Mission President. Pres. Mehr talked to us about finding ways to work with organizations such as the Lions club or hospitals etc. to do humanitarian projects and helping hands projects not only to be of service, but to build good relationships within our communities, so that when we have the large influx of new missionaries in our countries, they will be welcomed and trusted by the people here. Guyana already has several organizations that have done humanitarian service in a joint effort, but unfortunately, the government itself is very adamant about limiting the number of foreign missionaries to 20. We keep praying that it will change, but so far nothing has happened.
Today, we had a great experience in Linden. The man that Dad baptized in May, Brother Featherstone, spent some time with us helping to teach an investigator. After the meeting we took him home and met his daughter and granddaughter. The granddaughter has eye problems and cannot read without enlarging the print. Dad asked her grandfather if she had ever been given a priesthood blessing. He said that she had not and he requested that she be given one.
Dad gave her a wonderful blessing and after the blessing, her mother told us about a dream that she had had the night before. She said that she dreamed that she saw Jesus Christ and she led him to her daughter and he gave her a blessing. This experience was a witness to me that the Priesthood is from Jesus Christ and that it was not a coincidence that we went there today to meet Brother Featherstone’s family. I feel that we just need to be sensitive to the spirit and we will be led to the ways we can help those around us.
We trust that all of you are doing okay. We pray for each of you and are so grateful that you look after each other. Abi, we are so excited that you are going to have another baby and we hope that things go well for you. We love all of you grandchildren and miss you so much. We hope that the power comes on soon. 12 hours is the record and we will be reaching that in twenty minutes.
Happy Birthday to you, Mayara!
Love, Mom and Dad