Monday, August 25, 2014

Another slow week!
Because of my ankle, we have had to stay inside more to let my ankle heal. But as of right now, I am the only white girl in the zone.
Because it has been such a slow week I will just talk about our one investigator who has a baptismal date on Sept 7. He was completely prepared by the Lord and my companion and I are doing nothing. For 6 months or so he started going to different churches because he was confused about why all these churches had different beliefs. He found a restoration pamphlet in March and started attending the church in Blantyre since then. I don't think he has missed a week. No one was teaching him becuase he didn't live in their areas and didn't know who's area he was. Turns out he was in ours. He started attending our branch for 3 weeks and is always commenting. This past week we taught him about  the Word of Wisdom and we gave him a pamphlet about before. Before we were even able to meet with him, he committed himself to stop drinking tea and coffee. He didn't understand why but knew he should. He is most definitely been prepared to hear this message. I can't wait to see him be baptized!
Saturday President came down to Blantyre and we had Zone Conference. Such an amazing day and learned so much. One thing that I truly learned is that I only have 18 months to be able to serve a mission like this. I can serve as a senior but nothing will be like what I am doing right now. I will never be able to touch the hearts of the people, truly bring them up to Christ. So enjoy it before its gone, but it will end so quickly. I can't believe now that I have been out for 3 months. I don't know where the time has gone and I know it will just go faster and faster. I am so grateful to be apart of this mission, the work is truly progressing and making such an impact of these people. What an amazing work that I get to be apart of and work among so many great people.
Although a mission is hard, it is definitely worth it! I really still am not a fan of the food, I struggle still sometimes with the poverty I see, there are days where all our appointments fall through and we just walk and contact all day, but I wouldn't want to do anything different.
I love you all so much and am grateful for the example you have set for me. Love you!
-Sister Rasband
 Party with the Sisters before two of them went home!

Mormon Helping Hands

 Recently Baptized Mercy

Monday, August 18, 2014

A very slooow week!
Monday after we had zone activity and watched huge monkeys climb trees, I went home and started feeling really sick. My companion and I had the flu and that took us out of our area on Tuesday.
Because we were regaining our strength, we had a really slow week and weren't able to meet with too many people.
Friday we were able to work with Sister Mercy. She had just been baptized on Sunday and wants to go on a mission so badly! She is so great and she loved working with us.
That day, I was able to see my first snake in Africa. It was a skinny snake, but probably one of the longest snakes i see. It was right next to a members home named Br. S. He is a very old man and lives alone. but he kept saying to us, don't kill the snake. it says in the bible to not kill animals. But this random man came with a stone and started throwing it at snake for a good 10 minutes until it was dead. So funny to watch. And then after Br. S told us to go home and repent for killing the snake. He was dead serious. It was so funny!
Yesterday after teaching Br. N who has a baptismal date for Sept 7, we were running late to be home by 6. As we were trying to pass all these people I misplaced my foot in a hole and sprained my ankle. It is really swollen and I can't really walk right now but all is well!
My companion was talking to a member in the branch that night and after he heard that I had sprained my ankle he goes "Who was grabbing her? I will find the man and kill him." Haha it so nice that the members of the branch care for me.
I hope all is well in zion! I can't believe it is time for school to start again! Love you all!
-Sister Rasband

Monday, August 11, 2014

What are lessons like?
Lessons range in a wide variety. Half of our lessons will be outside peoples "home" sitting on the ground, and the other half will be inside, sitting on couches if they have them. If the people speak English... that is very good English... we can have a great lesson and teach them whatever. Some people will be very interested in our message, and then we have a lot of people who know their bibles... If the people speak Chichewa, then we have to have a translator, but my companion speaks the language pretty well.  This past week we were teaching a man who had lots of questions especially about the responsibility in church. But we asked him to pray and i had never heard a prayer like it before.... 5 minutes basically screaming chichewa and there was no room in his prayer to breathe. it definitely was something.
Soche East is the only nice town in my area. They will have a nice living room, kitchen, and a gate. But the rest of my area isn't that nice.. Homes are size of our living room and all the homes are made of concrete or brick. Really humbly to see these people with that little but yet are so happy. One of my favorite family of the branch lives in the such a small home. their bedroom is their living room, and the kitchen. but yet they are incredibly happy.
We meet in a little meetinghouse that is suppose to start at 8 am but it doesn't start until 8:30. There is a translator for sacrament meeting and for the other meetings the teacher is saying it in English and chichewa. Mostly in relief society, they are translating it in English just for me, but they really want these members to understand English.
This past week we were able to spend time with this great woman named Sis Tsegula. She and her whole family use to be active, her son went on a mission, but her husband kind of went crazy... but we love her. She wanted to teach us how to make donuts so went and made donuts the African way. Africans love their oil though... they deep fry everything

Monday, August 4, 2014

I truly think i have hit the highest number of drunks yelling at me or men always saying "Hey baby". So i must be looking real good this week. Haha
A slower week and not much to say.
Soche is coming along that is for sure. The goal for our branch was to split by July, but we didn't have the numbers to accomplish it. But we definitely see the need to spend more time in Soche even though we are suppose to spend more of our time in centers of strength (areas close to meeting house). The two days we were able to spend there we were able to see what the lord has in store for these people. Every person that we came in contact with were either less- actives, or people who continued to say "Oh i was taught by missionaries before". Its crazy how the lord shows he is ready for the work to move along in Soche. I hope to be able to stay here long enough to see the branch split in two.

Not much else to say. President has said to all missionaries that we are reaching 100 missionaries at the end of this month, and that new proselyting areas and zones are coming are way. Its an amazing time to be serving the Great Zambia Lusaka Mission and I can't wait to see the growth!
Love and miss you all!

 This is Memory. We work with her a lot because she is a branch missionary. and we can't teach a male with out another female present.everyone's name here is like a real word.. not just names. Or they have Chichewa names that are real words. like comfort, conscious, happy, joy, hope and so on."

 Eating Sugarcane!

 Monkeys out Anna's flat.