20 August 2012

20 August 2012 - Helping Hands Day, Marks, You never know who is watching


Where did August go?! Every month seems to go by faster.
As for this week, Elder Mamaia went home to Samoa on Wednesday so now it's just me and Elder Musimwa in Fish Hoek. Work goes on as normal.
Another problem with disasters in Masiphumelele this morning. There was a flood in one of the members homes, as well as many of her neighbors. We went there but couldn't do anything about it but call the Deptartment of Roads and Stormwater.

John asked if I planned to attend BYU when I got home. Yes, that is the plan but who knows what may pan out.

On Saturday was the annual All Africa Helping Hands day. The whole branch worked at a creche (daycare) in Oceanview, getting it fixed up. We planted a garden, made a small patio, replaced windows, put in security bars, fixed electrical problems, and donated food. Several years ago this area of Oceanview had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the world; there are a lot of children that need extra support and care.

Everybody at Helping Hands Day
When I first got here in Fish Hoek there was an investigator named Marks. He did not seem interested in keeping appointments or commitments so we stopped visiting him. But last week a member named Rose showed us a letter from Marks. He says how impressed he is with how happy their family is and how much they really live what they believe. He said that he wanted to start hearing about the gospel again and this time he will take it more seriously. We saw him on Friday and he is excited to change his life.

So remember to let your light shine. Don't be ashamed of what you believe. You never know who is watching and whose life you may change.
The garden at the creche.
This is where I worked most of the time on Helping Hands Day

-Elder Brennan Tekulve

This penguin was naughty. He tried to bite my leg as I walked past.

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