I have bearely any time to write today becase all of the cybers are closed so short email today sorry homies. This has been the hardest week of my LIFE!! not even kidding. But i have also seen miracles that keep me going. I am serving in this suppper cute little city called Las Flores that is the southern most part of my mission (& its pretty safe) It is a 4 hour bus drive to the mission home which we have alrady had to take 3 or 4 times haha. So to everyone who said wont be able to nap anymore, good joke!! ive been napping a ton on these buses hahaha so thats a plus:)
I love my companion Hermana Smalls from Pensylvanis. she is perfect for me and such a good missionary. We are living in a new pension because elders moved into the old pension and lets just say its been an adventure!!!
We have had NO gas the entire week (meaning NO hot water, NO cooking, NADA) and have been living off of crackers, cheese, and salame for the past week for EVERY SINGLE meal. I am not even exagerating. EVERY MEAL. we have practically no money to buy annything but crackers and cheese haha. I convinced my companion to let us buy spinach and bananas so i've had 3 spianch smoothies thus far, but other than that nope nothing else. Oh and we bought a pizza once which was HEAVEN sent haha. SO that has definitely been reallly hard for me, but its ok, i have no other options haha im just so glad we at least have something to eat:)
It has been a suppppper humbling experience being here so far. We have two investigators Noelia adn Santiago who are aweeesome. We went and visited Noelia on Thursday and oh my gosssh soo humbing. She lives wayyy out in the campos (the fieldas) and her house is not even a house. We walked in and there were bugs everywhere (for those who don't know I HATE bugs haha, you were right mom!) and she was with her new born baby and her todler. Her shoes had holes in them and it was just the craaziest experience. I couldn't understand anything she said haha BUT I could totally feel her spirit and how strong of faith she had. It is ammmazing to me. Santiago is 9 years old whose family have recentely been reactivated. We taught him after an entire afternoon in the sun. I was dyingngg to say the least haha, i was melting! We walk in their house and there are bugs everywehre as well. WE were all crambed around this tiny dinign room table with a small plastic christmas tree in the corner (so cute:) His mom is suppper nice and loving and welcoming.
Our branch is suppper tiny. i guess there has been bad blood with them and some of the missionaries in the past, so we really want to work on strengthening our relationship`with them all. Because of this we get hardly any meals with them soo yes haha -hence our yummy meals of crackers, cheese & salami!
We talk to everryyy one on the streets here. For the most part people are suppper nice and seem interested, but when we go to he appointments there almost never home haha. But all is well!!! i wanted an adventure and im gettinf one! I love you all!!
~~~~~~~~~~~ a bit of our short convo w/hermanita Shepard~~~~~~~~~~~~~
ME:) Hola que tal? Como estas hermanita:)?!!?! Como encontrasteis la Argentina? Como fue to vuelo de avión? Como te gusta el presidnete de la misión??? Y tu compañera? Que tal? Se llevan buen? De adonde es?
R:)this is SO hard mom the hardest thing ive eveer done!!!!!!
ME:) Tell me!!! It's ok! Its not suppose to be easy especially @ first:)!!!! Tell us as much as you can pour favor!
Dads reading your mass email outloud to us:) LOVE it! LOVE you so much poo! Can you send any pix??????? & SKYPEEEEEEE WHAT is GOING ON W/THAT:)?!?!?!
GUY) Do you like your branch?
R:) welll i can't understand any of them reallyyy, so thats that:)! but Yess but it's hard for me cuz I love connecting with people but i can't yet because I don't know hoe to talk to them, PRAYERS are be being accepted thank you!!!!
GUY:) You make me laugh Zo! I love you soon much!
R:) my pictures arent going through im so sad! It's super cute here, & VERY SAFE! I love my comp so thats good! But I neeeeed my veggies!
R:) i need to get off. yes VERY SAFE. we are waiting on bikes so walkijg everywhere. it just started pouring haha. LOVE YOU ALL!!! cant wait ot skype on CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!
Hermana Rio Savana Shepard
Buenos Aires South Mission