Well This week was WONDERFUL. Besides the fact that I got the worst news because we all have been JIPPED a whole week of our missions...haha that's a long ways away anyways this week was great :) lots of good things happening here in Bari, so many wonderful people we have found and are working with!
We had a KILLER ward Christmas Party this week. The chapel was pumping with so many humans and there were at least 30 contacts about 17 of our Corso students came and LOVED IT!!! It was a talent show so we had people singing Mariah Carey, Napolitano hits and people telling poems in Barese, Bari dialect!! Haha I'm telling you it was a huge hit, you know Italians they went ALL OUT. It was wonderful to have the contacts interact with real members and understand that normal people are part of the church not just some weird American kids!! The spirit of Christ here right now in Bari is really opening people's hearts and I am so excited that we can be here at this time and have such a wonderful relationship with the members :) At the party they gave all the contact Christmas gifts with joy to the world DVDs and book of Mormons that were wrapped as presents. Sorella Cedia brought her friend Carla. She won a DVD but because it was written in English in the outside she was convinced that it wasn't in Italian. Hahaha so we were like you know what how about we come to your house and week can watch it together!!!!. So we did and it was a wonderful experience, turns out she is very interested in the gospel YAY!
This week we were focusing more on member referrals and we have been using the He is the Gift Christmas video to help people understand that the greatest gift we could give to the Savior is to bring one of His children to Him :) So we prayerfully picked three members and one was Sorella Spagnoletti we went and visited her one night and she was so happy to see us! We showed her the He is the gift video and right as the video ended, before we even said anything she said "I have 2 people that live above me that I have been thinking about that you guys could work with!" Sorella dew and I just looked at each other like WHAT!?! It's amazing what happens when you involve the Lord into all aspects of missionary work!!!
Issac is GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY. MIRACLES HAPPEN. SO amazing!!!! He is beyond excited and so is the ward everyone was like cheering when they found out!! After church they all hugged and kissed him haha they are wonderful. He is starting to realize that the reason he moved here from Peru 8 years ago was to make certain changes in his life and become a member of the church here in Italy. I wish I could explain the joy and happiness I have felt especially in the last 2 weeks being able to witness the change that has happened in him!!!! So wonderful :)
One night Sorella dew and I were walking home and this cute old man came out of his pastry shop and was like "sorelle! Come in I have something to give you" we went in and met his cute wife who makes the most amazing pastries all day long. He then started loading up a huge plate of pastries and gave them to us to take home....we asked him how we could repay him and he said nothing, "you have brought enough light into my shop tonight." It was so sweet....the people here really do have such good hearts and special spirits. I am so grateful for this time of year and for the spirit of Christ that we feel and see working in the people here every day :)
Thanks for all the love and support and prayers :) I love being a missionary. vi voglio bene
Crystal's current area is Passo Corese, Italy.
Her address is:
Via Giacomo Matteotti, 187
02032 Passo Corese RI