This week was a really fun week and I have no clue why!
Tuesday was a recent convert's birthday. His name is Jerry and my companion and I made him a cake. It looked dang good. He told us after we had given it to him that it was his first cake anyone had ever made for him! He was stoked :)
Wednesday we continued to work on painting Brother Drakes's 'house'. That is going well and it is looking very nice :) I will take a picture this Wednesday when we go.
Thursday we cleaned up Sister Ince's yard. She is not a member but she is very nice. I believe she is investigating the church now. She lives in the Elder's area and her son is on a mission in Santo Domingo right now.
Friday we went into town. My companion and I had the opportunity to be the witnesses to get Keisha and Pap's marriage certificate. Soon it will be complete and then they can be baptized.
I am scared of their pet pigs they have but I overcame my fears a bit and helped Papa feed the pigs this week as well. They are sketchy animals sometimes. Never thought I would say that about a pig... :)
We got lost this week while trying to find a Less-active's house. That was pretty scary. St. Vincent is basically a bunch of hills so we have to drive up pretty big ones all the time. It is normal. The problem with that is that our car has been nicknamed "gutless"...it has no power when going uphill. Sometimes I have to get out of the car, my companion drive up it, and then I have to walk up the hill to the car. Even then it barely makes it sometimes. No this does not mean I have gained THAT much weight...the car simply is weak :))
But this week we got lost in an area we don't go to very often. It is famous for its sketchy roads. One wrong mess up and you could end up at the bottom of the hill you are driving up. We took a few wrong turns and ended up at the bottom of a really sketchy road. We couldn't back up it. That is dangerous and our car probably wouldn't make it anyways. So we had to contact one of the only houses down there so they would open their gate and we could back into it to get out of there. The Mother of the house actually ended up having to back our car for us and drive up the hill a bit because it was such a sketchy road. She was experienced with it seeing as how she drives it every day. With the help of a few more "good Samaritans" we were on our way back to a familiar area. It was a stressful and hilarious experience.
Saturday my companion and I cleaned the church. That was fun...sort of. I miss buildings in the states that have carpets. I miss vacuuming :)
Our Sister Training Leaders are coming here Wednesday night and will be with us for a couple days. So that means Sister Fisher and I will get to see each other again. It is always a unique experience when you get to see one of your old companions. That should be fun.
This Thursday is St. Vincent's Independence Day. There is a rumor going around that Prince William and Kate Middleton are going to be here for that. #fingerscrossed. We are hoping to see them :)
Love You loads and hope your week is fantastic. Thanks for the updates on everyone! :)
Sister Breana Stewart
I am on the island of St. Vincent right now. This is the least developed island in the mission. There is a lot of poverty here. Most of our area is hiking dirt roads, walking through mud, and driving on two lane roads that are really just one lane that they expect two cars to fit on. It is scary sometimes but my companion is doing really well driving. Speaking of hiking....I have a slight problem but I can make it work if needs be. So, the only shoes I have had for the last 6 or so months have been Rasta sandals (that are not really suppose to get wet) and blue Jesus sandals that I brought with me from home(the ones from Hawaii that we all have). My Rasta shoes are currently falling apart and I don't know how much more life they have in them, especially in this area (plus it is wet season) and I have been trying to make my Jesus sandals work but they are bright blue and I had to super glue them back together because they broke. So if there is any way you could add a little bit of money to my card so I can get a pair of shoes that would be much appreciated. They have a small payless here so that is where I will probably go to get them.
But back to my companion. Her name is Sister Bowers! I spelled it wrong last week because of technical difficulties. She is from Utah and is so nice! I LOVE HER!! She has been out for 6 weeks so I am finishing her training.
Our area is huge and since she has only been out for 6 weeks she hasn't been in it too long so it is a bit more difficult. But we are hanging in there and have some really amazing people we are meeting with.
I would love to get pictures in a letter :)
Sadly I did not get the letters before I left Grenada. Sister Rindlisbacher told me she would send them here as soon as they get here so I can get them ASAP so we will see if and when that happens. I am patiently (sort of) waiting for them to arrive.
Obviously church is not run as well here as it was in Grenada. Haha back into the Caribbean style of church. It was good though. I am excited to get to know the people here. I love you and will be sending you and Megan letters tomorrow.
Sorry I don't have a memory card reader anymore, someone stole it last time I was on Barbados. I have been lucky to have companions that have them so I will figure out some way to send you pictures next week. I'll see if one of the other missionaries has one I can borrow. I am going to check my flash drive and see if I have any on there. Love you!
Love, Sister Breana Stewart
So like you already have heard, I am being transferred from the beautiful island of Grenada. I am so sad about that but I know that I will love St. Vincent. Grenada will always hold a special place in my heart though. The people here (members and non-members) are amazing people. There are so many people here in this branch that have helped make Grenada feel like home. I love them and am going to miss them so much! They are truly like family to me! They have helped me to have an even greater testimony and taught me so many amazing things. They will always be a positive influence in my life.
My new companion has been on her mission for 1 transfer so I will be finishing her training. I am so excited to get to know her! Her name is Sister Bowers. I know we will have a great time and I am sure we will see many miracles as we serve together. Who knows? I might "die" on St. Vincent (that is a missionary term for finish your mission).
Sister R says, "You are so welcome Sandy! And I will see you when we party in Oregon!". Haha She is so great.
So I am guilty for not telling you there was a storm coming. I knew about it on Monday but I didn't know that we were not going to St. Lucia when I was emailing you. There was a small possibility then. We found out the night before the storm was suppose to hit that we were not going out proselyting that day. So all day Wednesday we stayed inside. When I get home there are a lot of videos that you will want me to show you about what happened while we were locked inside all day. When you are used to going out all day every day and then you can't...well you tend to finish the Book of Mormon, read a bunch in the Bible, make a lot of funny videos, and take naps.
I will send you more information about what happened this week when I email next week. Since I am getting transferred I am getting pictures and videos from other missionaries onto my flash drive and it takes forever! So I don't have time to write much more of a well thought out email. But I love you and what matters is that you know that. YOU ROCK! LOVE YOU!