President Francique, of the Arima branch, and his wife blessed their new baby this month. I have shared his amazing conversion and testimony in previous posts.
Such a beautiful family!
Rhonda's baptism was this month also. She is an amazing young woman.
This was before the Gublers left for Suriname and just after the Rays and Smiths arrived. Rhonda was pretty terrified in these before pictures. Afterward, she glowed with the spirit and bore a powerful testimony of her choice. So many people here do not know how to swim. In addition to making a life-changing decision, they have to conquer their terror about going completely under the water.
She described the persecution she had endured for eight years as she came to church. Her family criticized and people mocked her. She began drinking as a teenager, but she would always come back to church and felt loved and welcomed there. When she turned 18, she decided that it was time to commit to the Lord and do what she wanted to do, not what others thought she should do. She, like so many others here, is the only member of the church in her family. She said she knew it would be hard, but she had her family of the ward to turn to when she needed support and she testified that she had made the decision the Lord required to return to His presence. She is a very powerful young woman and a pioneer for future generations to come.
Wow! We had to record this........a BUSY policeman!
We were SO thrilled at their initiative and the GREAT job they did! They had prepared games, asked us to bring a movie, (seventeen miracles), we all cried....again, and we had dinner together. They did have some less-actives join us and we had a great time! You can see Shandell behind THE WINNING TEAM!! She selected Elder Monson and me as the team captains so the pressure was intense!
Everyone contributed food to the dinner including the young missionaries who brought brownies that were pretty fabulous. We brought a salad.
This guy wins! He has the longest Rasta tail we have seen in half our mission! He was walking out of Pricemart and I had to record his picture forever!