We are stopped at a traffic light (very few of them) to turn a corner and very often there are beggars who tap on our window with their hand out. We try to find them something. Today, this poor guy was asleep. This is in between traffic going both ways.
A baptism in Pilar. The mother is a member.
Love the baptismal font outside. This is all that attended. There were 4 missionaries besides us. It takes us an hour and a half to drive there. I got to play the piano.
I have taught two of their grandchildren to play the piano. They live right by each other. Today was my last day to teach and they had a party for us. The four students I have taught came besides friends and they sang a song for us and they gave us presents and had cooked food. It was a very emotional experience for me. Sister Landaderas gave me her coin collection. I think it was one of her most prized possessions. I didn't want to take it at all. Her grandchildren should have it but she kept saying it was for me. They are in their 70's. So hard to say goodbye.
Then we went to see Sister Segovia. She is the sister that Elder Teh talked about in April 2014 conference.
To quote: "Last January my sweetheart, Grace, and I received an assignment to visit the members in the Philippines who were devastated by a major earthquake and a super typhoon."
At the end of his talk he says: "May I conclude with the story of a 73-year old widow whom we met during our trip to the Philippines: "When the earthquake struck the island of Bohol, the home that she and her late husband had worked so hard to build crumbled to the ground, killing her daughter and grandson. Now alone, she needs to work to support herself. She has started taking in laundry (which she does by hand) and has to go up and down a good-sized hill several times a day to fetch water. When we visited her she was still living in a tent.
These are her words: Elder, I accept everything that the Lord has asked me to pass through. I have no hard feelings. I treasure my temple recommend and keep it under my pillow. Please know that I pay a full tithing on my meager income from doing laundry. No matter what happens, I will always pay tithing."
Elder and Sister Bell and her sister and husband who just came to visit, built this chicken coop. This week they are going to buy her 10 chickens. This is her new way to bring in income. But she said it is too hot in the middle of the day. Don't know what they will do about that. I am not sure this project is going to work but I hope it does. She also has to pay 100 pesos to rent the ground and she doesn't have anything. Not sure how sue will handle that either. We helped her out a little.
Very hard to say goodbye.