Monday, November 30, 2015

Rainy season has started. Currently I am sitting in the same internet shop that I have sat in for 52 weeks. The rain is hitting the tin roof so hard I can barely hear myself.
This week was amazing like all the others. The days are going really fast and I don't know how it happens. We are teaching this amazing agogo (grandfather) and he is solid. He basically was telling us that when he gets to the church he will be baptized and his family will follow. But he can't come to church right now because his legs are very weak and won't make it to the church.

What scared me 18 months ago about Malawi are the things I will miss.
Walking through a busy market with people calling me Azungu is something I will miss a lot. I will miss the lessons when people don't understand me and I have to try to teach in chichewa and it doesn't work out to well. I will miss the long days in the heat with no one to teach. I will miss Malawi so much. Saying goodbye to the ones I love here is going to be hard because I may not ever will see them again. I am so grateful that the Lord has blessed me with a mission and led me here to spend 18 months in Malawi.
I am starting my last week on the mission and I know that it will be a hard week for me. I know with all my heart that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer and I feel very privileged that I got to declare his name for this time. I am so grateful for this restored Gospel. I am so grateful to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
I'll be seeing you soon.
Sister Rasband



Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hi family and friends!
This work is amazing! Fredrick was baptized this last Sunday. He is
amazing and has such great fellowshippers!
This week has gone so fast so I don’t have anything to talk about. I
love studying this gospel. It is so sweet!
I'm gonna miss my home (Malawi) so much! Ndiquiziwa mpingo ya yesu
cristu de zoona!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Sorry I have been so bad at writing!! These past couple of weeks have been really good.
I had my last interview with President about a week ago and I just feel so grateful to be under his leadership and to learn and grown so much from him. He talked about having a 3 month goal and that going home does not mean going back to who I was but that I am taking the things I have learned from my mission and applying it to my life.
I had my last zone meeting and that meant I had to bear my testimony. I always looked at the missionaries going home thinking I hope to go home like them or to be so strong. It is crazy that it is now me. I love this place so much!
Yesterday we got a new  branch presidency and we are very excited to work with them. After some things and drama going on in the branch it feels good to have new faces. After church we were talking to people saying goodbye and playing with the children and a wave hit me of how much I am going to miss this branch!! I love Kalambo branch and it honestly feels like home. I love how in this church no matter where you are in the world there is such a culture of love and friendship for one another.
Yesterday we taught this amazing man! His name is Rangel and he is probably in his 60's or 70's and it is just one of those lessons where you can’t describe how strong the spirit was. He is one who recognizes truth so easily. He was talking about how he doesn’t believe all these false men can really heal and how the churches now are all about me, me, me. At the end he just said if I can get my legs to take me to church this Sunday and it feels right I am ready to join you guys. SOLID.
I love this gospel so much and I love sharing it with others! This is the best work in the best place ever!