This week has been good with lots of sun and rain and mosquitoes. To answer you questions on money over here, we always have to use cash because the only places here that use cards are the banks. Every store or market or really anything, you have to use cash. There are only cash purchases here there is no other option.
We are having a hard time meeting with Mandy and Anike again. They seem to never be around. Anike got a new job and works every day from except Sundays which is her day to shop and go out so its hard to meet with her then. Mandy just kinda disappeared again. We don't really know what happened to her but we are still trying to work things out with them.
We have been praying a lot for Sister Allison so her work will allow her to be baptized. The problem is she works from night from morning but can't leave until the next worker releases her from her security post at the New Amsterdam Public Hospital. The person who releases her however hasn't been coming into work until 10 or 11 every morning causing her to miss church. She said that she heard a rumor that the person who takes over for her might be getting replaced soon so hopefully she will be able to come to church. She is great and really wants to share her newly gained knowledge with others.
We are getting close to finishing the lessons with Prakesh and he comes to church each week so we decided to try to talk to his parents and let them know that he could be baptized this week if they allowed him to and supported him. At first his mom came straight out saying no baptism, but as we explained we are finishing his preparation his Mom and Dad started talking and said they would support him being baptized after his exams in March but that they want him focusing on his school and not baptism. They are really kind to us and are happy he is going to church just the baptism part has been tough but that was the best answer we have gotten so far and also a definite answer to our prayers.
we called Ackleema who has a baptismal date for the 21 to see if we could visit her that afternoon. She told us no because she got a job in Skeldon yesterday and is moving later that afternoon. It came to us as quite a surprise especially since she wanted to be baptized so badly, and as soon as possible. We told her this would post pone her baptism and that the Corriverton Elder's would have to start teaching her and finish the lessons. She understood.
I don't know if you remember when i talked about when we contacted Derek Mohammed one night a couple of transfers ago with Elder Buxton but he is progressing really well right now. As the Transfers go by we have been learning to teach slower and slower and so we teach the Restoration lesson here in about 7 lessons. Derek has also been really tough to meet with and sometimes likes to go off topic. We were planning on dropping him but when we got to the lesson on the Great Apostasy we just didn't feel like dropping him that lesson. After that lesson everything started to click with him. We have been able to meet with him more frequently and he understands why all of the other church's are wrong and that we need prophets. He loved the lesson on The Restoration through Joseph Smith. This Week we were able to teach him about The Book of Mormon and about Prayer and the Holy Ghost (How you can know the Book is true) He told us that "This book is important because it was written and inspired through revelation" we invited him to be baptized and he accepted. We asked him why will this be different from your baptism at the Lutheran Church and he said "I must be Baptized the way the revelator wants me to" We also explained that this is the way Christ was baptized and wants him to be baptized. By the end of the lesson he told us these exact words " You guys reopened my heart back". He was also at church this Sunday for the first time. He told us he plans on coming back! We are really excited for him.
Today we had our Berbice zone activity. we played ultimate Frisbee and soccer. it was really fun. Its been a good week!