Tuesday, September 30, 2014

     The next morning we had to return to the hospital for another lab test for Sister Kasonga.
 While we were sitting waiting for the results, a man approached the sister missionaries and spoke to them.    The sisters gave him a pamphlet and got his telephone number.  Then another man approached,  briefly spoke with the sisters, and took a pamphlet.  The doctor treating Sister Kasonga gave her his number and took a pamphlet, as did the doctor who treated Elder Evegna's knee.  Everywhere we go people come up to us and ask us about the Church, about what we believe.  People who are guards at the airport, guards at the embassies, people who work in photo stores, in glass cutting stores.  Just about everywhere we go there is someone who is curious about the Church.
     I have wondered about the reasons for the success of the church in Burundi, and Alma chapter 32 may contain the answer.  In this chapter it talks about the poor receiving the gospel.  Poverty has forced them to be humble, so they are ready to be taught.  "…for he had beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word."   "Because ye are compelled to be humble, blessed are ye."   Even better, it says,  to humble yourself without being forced to be humble.  "…because ye were compelled to be humble, ye were blessed, do ye not suppose that they are more blessed who truly humble themselves because of the word?"  Anyway, interesting theory.  And, by the way, Sister Kasonga has parasites.

The last trip to the border of the Congo, we saw cows,


a rain swollen Ruzizi River,


and, last, but not least, my favorite photo of the day, a nude man washing himself in the river by the road.                           

No comments:

Post a Comment