This week there were a lot of storms passing over! There was so much rain.
The roads were crazy to drive on. There were a lot of landslides, flooding, power lines down, power going out, lightning, thunder, the airport was flooded, the clinic was flooded, the streets turned into rivers, schools were all canceled, and we still went out and proselyted in it. It was scary. Our power went out for a while as well. Somehow water is getting into our car so every time we drove uphill the water moved to the backseat and every time we drove downhill it moved to the front again. The first day we took cups and scooped the water out as much as we could but the second day, by the time we had to leave it was still pouring rain so we couldn't scoop the water out or more would get in than we were taking out.
Saturday there was 3 baptisms in Georgetown. We had to take a detour that added 20 minutes onto our travel time because a land slide caused a road to be blocked...there are only so many main roads on St. Vincent so when they get blocked it gets hard to get to some point in the island. So that was interesting. When we were on our way there the Elders from Georgetown called and asked if I would give a talk there on the Holy Ghost. I said yes of course. Something I realized after that helped me to be so much more grateful for my mission. Before my mission I never would have been able to give a talk without prior preparation and now I can (most of the time). My knowledge of the gospel had grown so much and it is amazing. I love what the gospel does for me :) On our way back from the baptism our Branch President texted us and asked if we would give talks in Sacrament Meeting the next day....and, of course, we said yes. So we whipped those up that night.
Transfer Calls were Saturday (I think I have been emailing people that we got them Sunday but we actually got them on Saturday). Sister Bowers is going to Barbados. I got my transfer call and I was going to be companions with Sister Johnson who I love! But she doesn't have a license and I got robbed and never got a new once sent to me so they put me with someone else. I am getting a new companion. I don't know her name yet because she is coming straight from the MTC. I am training for a third time. She will probably be my last companion which means I am probably staying in St. Vincent for the rest of my mission. I will let you know how that goes next week.
I love you so much. I will send a better email next week :)
Love, Sister Bre Stewart
Well, to be honest, this week was really hard. Satan is really trying to get a hold of the people we are working with. I cannot tell you how many times I got yelled at this week simply for doing my missionary work. By Wednesday I thought I had reached my limit of getting yelled at and still being polite but Heavenly Father helped me find my "patience reserve" that had been filling up for this moment. I'm not saying I was perfectly polite, but I certainly did my best.
This Sunday was fast Sunday....If only you could have been there during sacrament meeting. It is impossible to describe exactly all that happened. This week added a whole lot of stress and pressure to fix things here that are not the missionaries’ responsibility to fix. I am just grateful we are all up for the task and determined to do the best we can.
It has been raining a whole lot lately and I love it! I have to remember to bring my light rain jacket with me when we leave the house otherwise when it randomly starts raining we get soaking wet.
When we got super stressed this week we took a minute to ourselves to get happy about the work so we went to a little salt pond in our area. People go there to swim (obviously not us). Since it is raining season nobody was there, and it was a week day. It is where rocks have formed a barrier between the ocean and a pool of water. The ocean can be crazy and stormy but the enclosed water coming from the ocean is calm. It is way cool. I feel like that is how we have to be as missionaries. Calm, even when surrounded by the chaos of the world. It is amazing how the little things we encounter can teach us such an important lesson.
There are a couple baptisms this Saturday! They aren't ours, but we are still excited anyways. There are from the group up in Georgetown. They need more members up there to strengthen the group so it is a pretty big deal :) Transfer calls are probably coming this Sunday so by the next email you will know what happens with that. I am hoping my companion and I stay together. I still don't know the area well enough to be able to lead it out and we just work so well together! We will see what happens. I only have 13 weeks left (roughly) of my mission now. That is so scary! I am trying to make the most of every day. It will be sad and exciting when it ends. I feel like I have learned and grown so much being out here. Such a blessing in my life. Thank you for all the support and help you guys and everyone else have given to me so that I could have this opportunity. I am so grateful. :)
I love you so much and hope you have a great week as well.
Love, Sister Bre Stewart