Saturday, May 31, 2008

May Mission Updates


We're thrilled to announce that we have been approved for a humanitarian grant through the Church. We will be creating family learning centers in a few out bush communities. The purpose will be to provide fun crafts, games, literacy activities for parents and children. I’ve been working on PowerPoint presentations that will be converted into DVD’s so that members of the community who can read can teach those who can’t. We’re also going to have children’s literature and toys for story groups and play groups. It’s a rather unique one-of-a-kind project with lots of work ahead, but we feel there will be great rewards.

May has been a great month for baptisms the mission broke a May record and Alice Springs District got 10 baptisms. We have been working very hard in some out bush communities and the people are responding well. One community the missionaries visited had families who have been waiting for over a year to be visited by the missionaries. Fellow community members who were already baptized have been busy sharing the gospel. The second time the missionaries came out there, the people had built their own little “chapel.” One man who was baptized was so excited that after he came out of the water he kept saying over and over, “Thank you thank you!” He smiled at everyone and gave them two thumbs up. He was still saying thank you when the Elders drove away. The gospel is such a blessing in the lives of people who accept it and live it.

9 comments:

Autumn said...

That is so amazing that you are blessing the lives of the people in the outback with the gospel AND with education! So cool! You guys are awesome!...I also loved seeing the baptismal font!

Steve Atwood aka #1 Son-in-law said...

Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy you are looking good! I love that you are having the time of your life. I just ate a big rootbeer float for you, meaning mine was big enough for both of us. Lynda, I hope you are taking good care of little Jimmy. We miss you both and can't wait to see you soon!

Arah Debra said...

Congrats on the grant! That's such a cute story about that man saying thank you over and over again. What amazing work you two are doing.

Julee said...

I am so proud of you for getting the grant, I know that you have been working hard on it and that you have lots of work still ahead. It is so amazing to be able to see the gratitude and chang that takes place in the people that you are serving when they get baptised I am so happy for you guys

Lisa said...

What a font!

linda and jim shumway said...

Wow!How exciting!I love hearing about your experiences and the things that you are doing with the DVD. What a blessing for your mission.I love you two so much! You are ALWAYS in my prayers!

LOVE MOM G.

P.S. I am here with Richelle and she wanted to tell you that she is so happy for you both and cant wait to see you again!She sends her love!

Anonymous said...

I dont know why the comment above says that it is from lynda and jim. It is from Norma. Love ya!

Norma said...
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Norma said...

Dont worry! I finally figured it out!