Monday, October 19, 2015

My world turned upside down! Zona Sur!

 :) A famous little restaurant that has fun statues outside
 Saying goodbye to Chiky! She was always scared of me, so we made a nice scared face together.
 Saying goodbye to Vinicio :(
 Goodbye, fluffball!
 Picture with Negra (a dog who would walk around with us all over the area) didn't work out too well...
 Goodbye, familia Oporta!
 Right outside the house
 This is the view for the 30 minute busride to the farms (they're palm tree farms)
 A little study shot with Elder Morales my new comp (he loves to work hard too!)
 Javier, Elder Guirola's convert, who helps us a ton (so far I've spent more time on divisions with him than I have spent with my companion! haha)
A baby egg haha
Wow. My world just turned upside down this week!
I had transfers to Zona Sur. The farthest south part of the country, and the only part of the country which doesn't pertain to a stake. So I went from a 120 attendance ward to a 30 attendance branch haha. It's just so different here. Where do I begin.
#1. In my old area, it took 15 minutes to get to central San Jose. Here, it takes 7 hours.
#2. It was fairly cold. It's not here haha. I sleep with a sheet and a blanket, with a fan on full blast (And it's not just a little fan, it looks like a semi-industrial fan) on my bed with me to sleep nice and cool. At 8 AM it's already warm enough to want the fan on cooling you down while you study. We went on Saturday to play soccer with some youth, and after like 5 minutes I was just pouring down sweating. And I wasn't even playing hard! It's pretty awesome but way different.
#3. Rice and beans! I was pretty pampered in San Jose, because members always gave us different things to eat. Here, a real treat is rice, beans, and a piece of sausage. But, it's tasty anyways :)
#4. Rain. RAIN! On Thursday we went on divisions with some members, and my companion went to the farms (las fincas). So he was out there when it started POURING down rain. All the rivers raised up (they didn't flood but they were going nice and rapid), and the streets seemed like little rivers, too. So at like 8:30 he lets us know (because it had been raining like that for like 3 or more hours), that the street to come back was flooded and that they were looking for an alternate route to get back. because the car couldn't pass thanks to all the water. Luckily, they were able to find it, but it's just ridiculous how much rain come down here haha.
What else? The areas are like an hour away from each other, ours extends till the Panama border, my comp says there's iguanas here, OH and there's these frogs (I'm gonna record it one of these days) that in the night croak and make a laser beam sound. Like, X-wing action shot laser sounds. It's pretty darn awesome haha. Bug bites are normal, it's really humbling to meet people who have so little. We have a pretty nice house, the only new thing for me is the cold shower (a sink fossit <faucet> coming out of the wall but it is up high), which is surprisingly cold water for living in a place that's so warm haha. I went from being a District Leader to a Zone Leader which is also an interesting change. Oh, and the place is called city Neily, but there's no city here haha." Downtown" lasts about 2 blocks. I don't even think there's a 3 story building here... haha. We live like 200 feet behind the bus station, and we've got nice trees and a river outside. Oh, and horse is a common form of transportation here. And we see natives walking around like it were nothing (members of the Guayami people).
     Long story short, my world just turned upside down.
     But it's awesome! I love change and I love being able to learn new things from new challenges & experiences. I know I'm going to leave this place being a better person.
     My comp is a really hard worker and we have a lot of good things in store for us in this area. Lots of people who seem like good possibilities to become members of the church :)
     I love this work. It's interesting all the changes and everything but the best part really always is getting to know the people and see them change their lives and really become disciples of Christ.
     Have a great week everyone! Enjoy your personal adventures that the Lord has prepared for all of you!
-Elder Henry

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