7.05.2016

Week 71: So....It's now been move to 'Transfer of the Family Nights'

Boa Terde as they say here in Santo Antao,

Another wonderful week has passed by on this golden island that i love so much! We have had a lot of fun this week, and we have seen a lot of miracles. One miracle that I´d like to share was the story of the first door my greenie knocked. So it was a lovely summer day in Porto Novo; by lovely I mean drenched in sweat, covered in dirt, with sand in your eyes, with wind as if you were in a clothes dryer, when our lesson fell though and i decided to take the opportunity to have my comp knock the first door in her life. First, she had no idea where to go, haha so i picked the street and she picked the door. Turns out a family of like 14 lives there and 6 of the kids (from ages 8 to 23) sat to hear our message. They were so welcoming and so open. It was truely a miracle. We passed by again on saturday and just one of the daughters was there, but she had prayed and knew it was true. Can I just tell you that these people are prepared!?! Gotta love the mission. So we´re going to keep trying to work with the whole family (which consists of the parents and their 8 kids... you dont find that here! not with all the kids having the same parents!) so cool.

We also had another week full of family nights, every single night actually. It´s been great for our investigators and the less actives, and the members of course. We´ll see how many we can do this transfer, so far we´re at 12 out of the 14 days. soon to be 13/15 after tonight. 


Yesterday was bittersweet because it was the last fast and testimony meeting that I will have here in Cabo Verde, as I realized that sitting in the congregation I just bawled my eyes out. You grow to love these people so much, and it just breaks your heart to even think about leaving them. I love my mission. I wouldn´t trade it for anything in this world. There is not anything better that I could do with this year and a half than to serve the Lord.

Love you all! Till next week,
Síster Kohlert

Week 70: Week of Family Nights

Sooo... I only have a little bit of time today... long story. the internet here is rough. But this week, with Sister Tomas, we had a TON of family nights and it was the funnest thing ever! We had one every night for 5 days. Its amazing to see how much they help your investigators, recent converts, and less actives intergrate and find friends. We´re seeing a lot of success from them, so you´ll be getting a lot of pictures this transfers of all the family nights. But not today because this computer wont let me send pictures.... sorry.





My companion, Sister B Santos arrived this morning from Brazil. Unfortunetly her baggage got lost, so we´ll see what we can with the clothes we have in our house. I forgot what it's like to train! She just has no idea what she´s doing and I just keep forgetting that she doesnt know! haha and i think that i keep forgetting too because she already speaks portuguese haha. Can't wait to tell all the stories that come with training. Love you guys a ton! I love this work and the people here. They are truely amazing. Sorry for the short email, maybe next week everything will work out.

Ficam dret,
Sister Kohlert

Week 69: The Last Transfer

AH! 

Can you guys even believe that its the last transfer?! So... my last transfer, I will be training Sister Santos, from Brazil. She´ll be arriving on Sunday or Monday, so until then I´ll be with a ´mini missionary´, Sister Tomas. She´s from this island, just another city. For those of you who dont know what a mini missionary is, its just a local who will serve for a short period of time (usually 1-6 weeks), they usually are preparing to serve, or are still deciding, so they are not set apart as a missionary. So it´ll be an interesting transfer.

This week we found some awesome people, who i´m really excited about, but we just have to get them to church... that´s always the problem. But, I have high hopes. We heard a rumor that they will divide our areas differently, but im not really sure about that. So you´ll hear about that next week. On Saturday, we were helping a member wash her clothes, and afterward we learned the dance for the festa of Sao Joao, and she made us Kamoka, the best stuff ever. I will make it for ya all when I get home. Its just toasted whole grain flour, then you add sugar and powdered milk and thats it. It looks just like sand, but tastes kinda like cheerios. You eat it plain. without any liquid. its soooo good! Sorry I dont have a picture of it, but maybe next week.



On Sunday, Sister M. Santos said bye to everyone. It was pretty sad, and she doesn't really know what to do because it's the first time that she´s been transfered to a new area, but she is actually going to serve where I was before, in Africa 70 Sal. She´s going to love it there, but it takes a lot of hard work. Lets just say that Santo Antao is one of the best islands, and you learn alot on the other islands haha.

Well, that´s just about all this week, I love you all, till next week!
Sister Kohlert

Week 68: It Lays Eggs

Heyo!

Well first of all, this week was a good week, well mixed, good until yesterday. We started out this week helping an investigator with her english project, making sure that everything was translated correctly. Its a good thing that I checked because it was a recipe, and as I was reading how to make this salad, it says ´and it lays eggs on topof the salad´ haha i about died laughing. It was good once she understood why I was laughing and then she was on the floor laughing too, since she meant to say ´place the eggs on top of the salad´. Granted that english is hard to learn. We continued the week with some of the funniest family nights of my mission. With Anilton (convert) doing a catwalk and other members trying to sing in english and dance the traditional dances here. It was a lot of fun, until friday.




The week was going great until I smacked my lip on my waterbottle lid and cut it open. Thats the reason why I didnt take any pictures. It looked pretty nasty, but now its not too bad. But we did have fun making up stories of how it happened.

Then we hit Sunday, and Albertina, Sonia, Ani, and Marcia didn't come to church! So instead of the 5 baptisms that we were supposed to have, we will not be having any. But in a few more weeks, hopefully Albertina, Sonia and Ani will be baptized. But Marcia and Janine will not be getting baptized because their dad will not give permission yet, but with more time he said he will let them. So ya know. Thats life. Its okay because the Lord has people prepared here, we might just be planting some seeds.

Well, thats just about it for this week!

Love you all!
Sister Kohlert

6.06.2016

Week 67: Til Next Week

Dear Family and Friends,

Sorry I burned all my time, had to do somethings for a training I´m giving tomorrow, so the pictures will have to suffice for this week... but it was a good week! But the parties of sao joao are starting and everyone is gone at night! Thats okay because we´ll just find those who are TRULY seeking and thirsting for the gospel. Blessings on blessings.





Love you all!
Sister Kohlert

 p.s. thought i´d just make it aware to everyone that I have offically hit 16 months on the mish! 2 months left... but I love this work and my heart is already breaking knowing that my time is running out. I love these people and I know this is the work of God, that this work is directed by the hand of His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I know its true and I love it!

Week 66: Oh, Those Less Actives

Dear Family and Friends,

Well, I would just like to let everyone know, that I love working with the less actives. They´re my favorite. When the members wont teach with you, the less actives are always more than willing to help. When you can´t get referrals, go to the less actives and they´ll give you twenty. When you want to have a family night, you can set up one every day with any less active. You might even get one to come to church!

I think Sister M. Santos and I have discovered the key to working with the less active members this week, we´re just praying that it will all pay off when they start coming to church!

This week, we had a family night with a less active and her son, and some of their friends. We decided to talk about the atonement of Christ for our spiritual thought, and have her son do push ups to pay for a peice of cake for each person that was there. It was very entertaining and it was cool to see them understand a little bit more of Christ´s suffering, especially when we do not want the cake that was already paid for. (Im hoping that this kind of is making sense...)

We have another recent convert\less active that we have been working with, and he has changed so much! First, he started reading and praying again, then he took out his earring, then he came to church! then after church, we asked him to teach with us, but he didnt want to, but then 10 minutes later he calls us telling us he wanted to. And he came! ... but then our appointment fell through. We all know that God just wanted to see if he was willing. It´s a good thing that he sugguested teaching with us on Tuesday, too!

But maybe we just had to go to that appointment that fell through so that we could find an amazing potential investigator! It was a pretty funny contact because he stopped us in the street and asked if we we´re going to invite him to church haha. So then we talked with him to set up a time that we could pass by and talk to him. He soon informed us that he wasn´t going to be here for very long because he was going to Luxembourg.... bummer... but not till the end of August! It´s a good thing that it wont take 3 months to share our message. haha. This island is amazing. Its so prepared. I havent seem so many prepared people since.... since... a year ago when I was in the same place!

I love my mission. I love these people. I love the gospel and the changes it makes in me and in these people. And.... I love you all!

Till next week,
Sister Kohlert

Week 65: Zone Conference and Missing the Boat!

Dear Family and Friends,

So this week we were off to mindelo for zone conference, lovely as always. But this time the sea was REALLY bad, even I felt a little bit sick to the stomach. Luckily, we all made it though, until we got on dry land and a few hours later we heard that our district leader was sick. whoops. Then, we were praying for good seas on the way back, but we had to such luck because we missed the boat... the last one for the day. So we were stuck in Mindelo till the next morning when we had to get the morning boat... and the sea was even worse. But we survived.



Then on Saturday, Aldivino was baptized, and it went so well! Blessings! And he was confirmed on Sunday without any problems. I dont know when the last time that I had a baptism that didnt have any problems... oh wait... this was the first.

We did find a family as we were knocking doors after the baptism because our previous appointment fell through. We were about to give up and go back to investigators houses, but we decided to knock on one more door,I chose the door, and the woman that answered was so welcoming and let us in without us even saying anything! It turns out that her daughter is a member in the Netherlands, and she loves the church! We think... and are praying... that they are already married and they live with their two teenage daughters, who are amazing! We are hoping that something will happen with them, and that we can keep talking to them because Sister M. Santos said that she had knocked on that door several times and no one was ever home. That was the miracle that we were waiting for, que bênção.

Unfortunately, we will be having 2 weeks of stake conference, and we won't be able to have baptisms till the 11th of June... but we will have a few prepared for that day! So glad to be back in the Porto!

Till next week,
Sister Kohlert