Tuesday, August 19, 2014

7/28 letter

како сте!! ја сам ту у босни!! пази!  
Family and friends! The Lord's work is real and true and I'm so humbled to be apart of it! I am so humble and to a pioneer missionary in the country of Bosnia. Its a very sacred calling to be here and I'm so grateful the Lord trusted me with this work and to end my mission here.  
Here is some background information on Bosnia. It opened up for proselyting 3 years ago as it was the last opened mission in Europe. It was really affected by the war so many people her have problems because of it.  Where i am serving is Banja Luka!  It is a beautiful city with rolling green hill and sooo beautiful!  Banja Luka is called the Republic of Serbia  or (baby Serbia) but in Bosnia. I have not seen a catholic Church but only Muslim masks and Orthodox (which is totally different then the Catholics like way strict.) 

There is a river here where the sides are divided to Muslims and orthodox. I feel like a new Missionary cause its so just different.  This is the place where President Rowe started the church here when he and his family lived here.  First off the language: if u say bok (hi in Croatian) to people well they ... we just wont say... so i to be very careful what comes out of my mouth cause the hatred is still so strong form the war, its so sad.  I cant read Cyrillic's well I'm learning as its so hard and the way you approach people here is totally different when u contact. 

If you talk about the book of Mormon they wont listen so you have to call it a HOLY BOOK now so the Muslims can read it cause they can only read holy books. Since we are some of the first missionary here in this country we are really just trying to make a name for our self. Banja luka is know as the hardest place in the mission so I'm but for the challenge.
The members are few, but that's nothing new, but we have 20 members on list but about 5 are active   The church had really bad attacks here so they just moved the church building to the center of town  where missionary have never really gone before so we are basic staring over from ground zero.  No missionaries have tracked this area and know one here has heard of our church so we just have to let people know who we are and the we are normal people.   
Banja luka is know for having the best meat and bakeries in the world! They are also know for having some of the most beautiful girl, but its sad how they only care about how they look.  lets just say the The kardashians could live here and fit right in.  I'm really excited to start work here! this week i was a little off my game cause i was just trying to get adjusted and seeing how things work around here but this week im ready to dive in go full force. we have 3 investigators and we basically go contacting all day. I have a lots of great idea to put our name out there so I'm excited! 
This week we taught English classes. They are way good here because of so many young people!  Then we had a women conference for the people in the area  and we had a great turn out as 10 people came! we had two speaker talk  about the worth of women and i sang when u believe. For the activity we had two really good potentials come out of it as we are going to meet with them this week!  One is a piano player so we wants to have a concert to invite people to come and listen  so its a great way to let people know about our church  and the other one is like I'm not going to church but i want to know the difference. Then we past daises on the street to women with a great quote and people were so confused cause no one does that here.  One was like It doesn't feel like a church cause there is no statues and gold or saints haha yea we like it simple here and open and light ahah.  So let the work begin and lets start building!  I'M so excited to just work and talk to the people. 
It is Ramadan  and we got invited to bidom which is the best feat ending Ramadan! so excited!  i feel like I'm on another missions and I'm loving it, i know there are going to be lots of challenges, we went tracking and only one person opened the door saying your going to have no luck here cause we all have our set religions, but this is the Lord's work I have seen hearts change before and he is continually doing it his work will carry on. This country needs the gospel so bad they need the light of Christ! There is truly no other missions for me other this this mission! 

love y'all lots 
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