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Lessons Learned

Hey! In one word, I would name this week: change. I feel like I was humbled in so many different ways and have begun to really strive for change, that it just brought so many results. But there are two/three really great, funny things that my collegue and I came into contact with:

1. We were walking across the road in the way to the church on Friday, when I started talking to this man. (The weather was so warm and sunny and beautiful that it just brings out the happiest in literally everyone around you) I asked him something weird like, “What are you doing right now, My good man?” And he smiled, looked at me, and said with a not-French accent,” I’m going to steal something.” And I was so surprised, but I waited for a second. The word “to steal” in French is “voler”, which is also “to fly.” So I thought that he was either crazy or a theif. But I laughed and then proceeded to try and give him other options for like five minutes (for instance Jesus, our members could give him something, etc). Then, finally, before he crossed the road again, he said, “I’m just kidding. My car is parked over here, and I’ve just finished work.” So we all laughed at that for a good second, and then he said he’d be interested to learn more. 🙂
2. We visited our friend Eva who was just baptised three weeks ago. She lives in a city far away named Cauneille (pronounced “Konayee” kind of), and we got four members to come with us. She wants us to teach her family (she’s an amazing person), and she lives there with around 15 other Latvians. They all work on a kiwi plantation here. And it’s really in the country, their house, so when we go there, we’re just changed for the better. Their house has enough love and welcome and brightness to change any troubled heart– hard to believe, but it’s amazing the effect it has. One of the members played his violin because the time before, Eva’s friend Andris played the piano and we sang about 20 hymns together. It’s just a special time there in Cauneille. I love their family so much. And their love for Christ is so surprising and strong. It makes me want to go to Latvia and see if everyone is like that. I’ll send a separate email with videos of cute Latvian kids and some other pictures
Another incident that was interesting was at a bus stop. I saw this lady with some really stylish glasses, and I started talking to here a little bit. Then, looking at an apartment complex across the road, I saw a cat which looked like it was going to fall out of a window. And I said to the woman, “Look there is a cat which is going to fall out of a window! You see?” And she said, “No” quite abruptly, so I kind of ended the conversation there. Later, as she was getting off the bus, I saw that she had a cane. Then, I realized that she was blind. But I felt really bad, repented, and, now, I know what a blind cane looks like. 🙂 
I love you all! Tons! All of the time and without condition!
Sister Smith

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