You know when you're doing good work when you come home reeking. Weew! Just take one sniff and blargh! Get those clothes off! Get in the shower! Wash everything ASAP! Gyar. We taught a few smelly people this week. Does that sound bad? We had one specific appointment where the guy was smoking weed the whole time and this gigantor monster of a dog was rubbing against us and getting slobber h'everywhere. This same dog was once attacked by another dog and he won. Ripped the other sucker open. Our eyes shot open. "Nice doggy..."
Speaking of dogs, Elder Giles got attacked by one this week. I'm not sure if anybody back home is aware of this, but I can't look strange dogs in the eyes too long. I told Elder Giles this, but I suppose he didn't listen. He was on exchanges in Alkmaar, and they went to visit an investigator. The man's Rottweiler was chilling in its basket and Elder G thought it was a good idea to go pet him. The dog growled, but Elder G only reached out further and WHAM. They dog bit his hand (but Elder G was making a fist, so no fingers were lost) and his hip. Elder G had a bloody spot on his hip about the size of a watch face. Chubbo, the Rottweiler, got him through 3 layers of clothing. When we informed some members the next day, he was whisked off to a clinic to get a shot. Luckily, he has already had a tetanus shot, so he didn't need another. Walking in the clinic and getting fresh band aids cost 107 Euro.
The mission doctor called up later and informed us to watch the dog. If Chubbo gets sick or dies in the next 10 days, Dear old Elder Giles will be belly-up in a month--he said with a smile. Gulp. Dog's healthy, so is Giles. He'll be okay.
So yes. This week suffered due to some mashed up exchanges and switches. Elder Giles had to go down to Brussels and we swapped with our leaders once or twice. In total, he's spent 2 days in Den Helder this week.
However, we had a solid appointment with Sherry and her daughter, Sharry. Mind numbing, right? Turns out, both of them are super positive! Sherry said at one point that she's been searching for the truth for decades, praying for God to reveal it to her. Wham, we promised like wild of the divinity of the Book or Mormon. Holy Moses, this'll be great.
Unfortunatly, with all the confusion, we weren't able to meet with many of the 'regulars' this week. Sister Boutee is indeed doing very well, and has cut down to 2 to ZERO cigarettes a day. That progress is astounding. It was literally 1 to 2 per minute when we first met. She's very tired--understandably. She rescheduled to get baptized in July.
But Katie rescheduled to be baptized on the 9th of June. She told us that she feels like God is telling her this is the way. WOOOOOO!! That means she'll be baptized in this transfer, so Elder Giles and I will both be here. Her 2 children, Joost and Martijn will be following her example the week after. Holy Moses.
We haven't seen Lot this week. Apparently, he's a busy guy...
Astrid Grootjans is officially reactivated. She made plans with the Branch President to go to the Temple to do a baptism session. Woo! I can claim no credit by the way, as much as I'd like to.
Things are still chugging along. Chug. We ate fish this week and het was LEKKER (it was fun).
We have some slam-diddely appointments lined up for next week and some families to visit. Missionary work, HO!!!
tot volgende keer (until next time),
Oh, the package arrived with deoderant. Thanks! No Jellybeans so far...