Monday, May 28, 2012

Another Stinking Awesome week in Capo Verde

Familia e Amigos,
 So this week I did like a super long division with Elder Fernandes in Mindelo. He's our ZL and he is from Cabo Verde. So his english is limited to say the least. So Mindelo is way different than Porto Novo. Basically it is a lot colder and I really got to experience the differences in the criole there. It's all chill but for the first day that I was there I was having a hard time understanding people. But it was all good. And we taught this one lady who kept just messing around and talking the criole from Santo Antao which I absolutely loved. It made me feel so much more comfortable. But it was a good split and I was able to learn a lot from Elder Fernandes which was awesome. 
 After the split we had a training this week from President. It was good and it really assessed the things that we have to improve on, which I know have many things to improve on. But it was way good and I am grateful that we had the training because I honestly always need to learn more about how to do better. 
 Then after 4  days in Mindelo I finally returned to Porto Novo. It felt way weird because I hadn't been there in a while but I was glad to be back. Just a couple of pretty cool things that happened during the weekend. First off on Saturday we were looking for someone named Bemvinda that we had talked to earlier. Elder Palmer said that he found her house so we went at night to talk to her. When we got there it was a totally different Bemvinda but it was a way good lesson. She is about to have surgery on her leg and she seems really interested to learn more because she said that she has always had a belief in God. She originally lived in Mindelo and when she moved to Porto Novo she had prayed that everything would run smoothly. She said that God had really helped her throughout that time and that she knows that God will help her always. It was an awesome lesson and I'm excited to teach her again. Also we taught this guy named Davi. What's funny is that this guy I kind of new already because he owns a cyber that is pretty awful here. He is awesome and what's great is he always remembers the visits that we set with him and he is really ready to change. He is Catholic but that shouldn't impede him too much. 
 Altogether I have beenreally happy to be back in Porto Novo. Mindelo is chill and splits are great to learn but I really love Porto Novo. The people are great here and although it is not the prettiest place it is stinking awesome. I know that the work is going to grow here and I am so happy to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. I love you all and I hope that everything keeps going well and that you always can find the miracles that are around you.
Elder Peder Schillema

Monday, May 21, 2012

Things in Cape Verde

After talking with Peder for 2 hours on Mother's Day, this missionary mom is feeling pretty good.  Here's the latest news from Capo Verde:  

Familia e Amigos,
 So things are pretty chill here in Porto Novo. During this week we have been working hard with the members here to find a lot more people to teach and the members have been great and way helpful. Yesterday at church two of the people that the members referred us to showed up to church and the members were just so supportive and it was just so awesome to see. Besides that the work is moving pretty well. Let's see this week we had some awesome lessons about Faith. Really a lot about how faith really isn't just believing but true faith is shown when we are doing the things that we need to. It was way awesome and one lesson when we were talking about that one of our recent converts gave us a referrel like way quick even when we weren't asking for one. Honestly faith is just amazing and with faith we can do everything. 
 Besides that our district is moving really well now and the Sisters in the other half of Porto Novo really are doing well. It definitely is different only having sisters in our district but it's way chill. 
 This week was chill but I don't have a ton of people to report on. Basically the work is just moving really well and I'd say it is because we are getting so  much help from the members here. Honestly the members are essential and they know like everyone here. With the members we are finding a lot more people and it is just stinking awesome.
 I hope that everything is continuing to go well for all of you and I love you all,
 Elder Peder Schillemat

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Peder has a New Companion and a New Assignment.

Familias e Amigos,
 So this week has been pretty awesome. First off the end of this week was transfers. I will talk about that a bit more in detail at the end but that does explain the title.
 So this week we were preparing three people for their baptisms. We prepared Rosiane, Bruno and Miriam. So the baptism was on Saturday. All of them were ready and we were just waiting for all of them to show up. Eventually, an hour late, Rosiane and Miram showed up. It was kind of freaky because they were so late but it was all good and it was awesome to see them all come unto Christ. Also we had a ton of people come to baptism and support them which was awesome!
 On Sunday it was fast and testimony meeting. It was such an awesome sacrament. First off Miram bore her testimony and she said that she just felt so happy. She said she couldn't explain it but she was just undeniably happy. It was amazing to here hear testimony and after church as she was talkign about her baptism she said that she wants to be baptized again because she just felt so happy and she felt something so warm in her heart. Honestly it was just amazing. As well Rosiane bore her testimony. She mentioned that she was quite a bit nervous before her baptism and that afterwards she just felt so much peace. It was such an awesome experience and I loved it so much.
 As I was saying as well it's transfers. Elder Rodgers has left me and I am now serving with Elder Palmer from Idaho. He seems pretty chill and it should be awesome to work with him and to bring more people unto Christ. As well because I am no longer a greeny I have been called as a district leader. It has a lot of new challenges but with the Lord I need not fear. I  was pretty sad to see Elder Rodgers go last night. He is an awesome Elder and I learned so much from him. Last night we had an FHE and everyone went around just talking about the influence that Elder Rodgers had made in their lives. It was stinking sad and I'd be lying if I said that I didn't tear up a bit. But it is going to be awesome and I am grateful to work here in Porto Novo and I love this gospel.
 I can't wait to hear from you family on Sunday! I love you so much and I know this work is just amazing.
 Eu vos amo tanto!
 Elder Peder Schillemat