Monday, March 13: Taught a member who had a Detroit Lions picture in his house. We talked a little about football because he roots for the wrong team Hahaha
Tuesday, March 14: Today we met someone who was in the Kong clan! I told everyone in the MTC I would meet a koo (that is Kong in Hmong) but none of them believed me.
Wednesday, March 15: I don't know if any of you remember the week one story of the bloody pigeon but today I found out it lived!!! Also, I heard stories about how in Laos during Hmong funerals (which can sometimes go on for a week or two) sometimes the body rots so much that it explodes due to gas buildup during the funeral!!!!!! That would be so nasty!!!!!
Thursday, March 16: Today we were trying to find the Koo woman we met earlier in the week. She told us apartment 201 but there were 5 apartment 201s in the complex.... Anyway, while we were walking we heard a voice calling out of a window. A little old Hmong women called us over. She was sick and her son was having some problems. We prayed with her and she started crying. It was an amazing experience because we made her so happy.
Later today we met a family in the street of a man we sometimes talk to. He was going through some issues and it was really hard on him. As we were walking to our car he came up the street. He was super drunk and way upset. We were able to talk to him a little bit and the result was he threw his beer can down and hugged his daughter. It was really scary but I think it was successful.
Friday, March 17: Today we were able to finally teach Neng Kang! She is the sweet old Hmong lady who is a member of our church but has no way to get to church because of her lack of a ride. We always stop by her house because she lives next to a ton of other Hmong people that we go visit. We just usually can't teach her because she is usually alone and missionary rules say there has to be a man home for you to be able to enter a home. Today her son was home! She was the happiest person in the world because we were able to teach her today! It was way fun!
Saturday, March 18: EGGROLLS AND MIRACLES!! Today we were able to help out with the Hmong Wards annual youth fundraiser. They make and sell eggrolls. Today they made 10,300 eggrolls!! It was way fun. Also, this week we have really been lead to meet people God has wanted us to meet but this one was by far the coolest. Our plans were falling through and we weren't having much success but we felt like we should go visit a less active member. When we got to the house there was a woman walking her dog with her daughters. We went up and talked to her a little about the dog and about our message. She had met missionaries before and was fine with talking with us but not too interested in our message. As we were talking with her a man and his daughter came up to us on their bike and asked if missionaries could come to their house that night because they were going through a family crisis. We got their information and sent them off as a referral (They weren't Hmong so the English Elders taught them). We found out later that night from the Elders that met them that the family had been praying for a way to get closer to God because of an issue their daughter was having. The mother was a non-active member of the church so because of this they had started and continued doing family home evening a month ago! (a family night the church encourages us to do to strengthen family relationships, ask my mom if you want a better description) All of them committed to come to church the next day. I haven't been able to ask the Elders if they went to church but from hearing what we did I know that we were an answer to that family's prayers just by being on that sidewalk at that exact time. If we had come five minutes earlier or later we would have missed them. We truly were led by God to be there at that time.
Also, today we were teaching a lesson and a super loud screech/scream came out of the kitchen. I thought someone was dying. Looked over and two Hmong women were slitting a chicken’s throat and bleeding it out! Crazy!! Also, lots of blood...
Sunday, March 19: Today was Church! Always fun. Today we were able to sit down with Susan Kong (the women we met earlier). She is a Packer fan!!! It was way cool that this woman who doesn't speak English was cheering and yelling “PACKERS” when she found out I was a Packer fan. (She used to live in Green Bay) She is an awesome old Hmong woman. Her husband died in Laos fighting in the Vietnam war for the US. (The US secretly recruited the Hmong to fight the Vietnamese in Laos to prevent them from getting supplies. The Hmong people dislike communism and love the US so they agreed.) She has had a hard life but she is really nice and she gave us mangos so that was awesome! She was super happy we could meet with her and it made my day because she is awesome!
Also, a wild cat showed up on our back porch. (pictures)