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.