Monday, May 19, 2014

Here in Kmelnitsky

What a week we have had here in Kmelnitsky! We have had a mission goal to have 100 member lessons, 50 members on a lesson with members, 50 members on a lesson with investigators. That has been our focus this week, which has been a little bit of a challenge. When you only have 14 active members and 6 missionaries we have had to plan and coordinate really well to get things all going. We have had a lot of miracles this week though. I am trying to just think of all the highlights, there were just so many. I look back on the week and I am so tired and I know I did something, but I don't ever really know what we do!
Sister Snyder and I made a goal to use our talents this week with our missionary work... so first thing is first, I made banana bread. We took that to a couple of the members and they have started working with their friends and are getting ready to introduce missionaries to them. This week we will be following up with them and are hoping for a lot of appointments.
The hot water in our apartment went out for a couple of days... that was fun! Our showers were ice, finally we went to the sisters one morning to shower because we couldn't take it anymore, we wanted to be warm while we showered. We called our landlord, thankfully she was able to come and turn on our water heater. I have never been so grateful for warm water in my life!
We got to visit the Ternovi family, a less active family that had wanted to come back to the church. That was just a tender mercy from the Lord! Sister Snyder and I LOVE children and teaching, so be with their two young girls was just a blessing. The dad was at work, and the mom took a phone call for work that turned into an hour phone call. So, we colored with the girls trying to keep them quiet and busy. They colored a picture of Sister Snyder, giving her quite the lovely necklace to go with missionary ansomble. It was so much fun! We had to keep the two year old away from the brownies that we made and quiet and it was just a little crazy, but so much fun!
The little girls are just the cutest and they love us, we love them too! We taught the little seven year old girl how to sing "I am a Child of God" in Ukrainian. She loved it! Next time we are going to sing it with her, she needs to practice it. It was so cute how excited she was to sing the song with us.
She loved singing so much, Sister Snyder and I decided to take some of our language study time and practice singing Primary songs in Ukrainian. I LOVE IT! We are trying to get a couple of them memorized. The first day we practiced singing it we went over into our lunch time singing because we loved it so much. The Elders actually called us and asked what we were doing and we were like um... singing primary songs, can we help you with something? They had wanted us to go meet the mother of one of their investigators at sports day. She was such a nice lady and we were able to give her a Book of Mormon. Sadly, she doesn't live in the city so meeting with her will be a little bit more of a challenge. She was such a nice lady though.
English!!!! Oh my goodness, english was the biggest miracle this week. We had SO many people on english this week! It really was incredible, so many people have been coming and loving it! We almost ran out of chairs in our main  room because we had so many people between the two classes. Now, our focus is getting them to meet with us and talking about the gospel. 
On Sunday we had a member of the mission Presidency here in K-town. That is always just a blessing. He really is the best! Every time he comes his messages are just exactly what the members need to hear. It truely is such a miracle and he teaches in such a way that it gets people so excited to get out and do this work! We were on our way to church as well this week and that was interesting actually. Our church is in a stadium and over a bar. There was something going on in the stadium, there was an announcer and a bunch of people all dressed in suits in the stands. We were wondering what was going on, why would people be getting dressed up for a soccer game and where were the teams?! We walk in and ask the branch president what was happening, turns out that the Jehovah Witnesses were having a conference in the stadium.
Only in K-Town would you be having church above a bar and on the opposite side of a Jehovah's Witness conference. Yup, that is how we do it here!
I has been such a great week! It is only getting better as well! LOVE YOU ALL! I hope that you have a wonderful week!
  Sister Shaughnessy

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