Dear Family and Friends,
Another great week of hard work has passed. We are right in the middle of the hot season and it is certainly living up to its name. It is unbelievably hot here in Batangas and the mission has authorized water breaks and 20 minute naps throughout the day, since there are a lot of missionaries coming down with migraines, dehydration, heat stroke, and other medical problems from walking in the sun all day. The good news is that the heat hasn't really stopped us. We have been able to find different ways to get things done and accomplish our goals.
One thing that we have started doing has actually worked really well. We are trying to find new people to teack but it gets amazingly hot outside on the street. Instead we do something that I call shop and talk. We will go to the highway in Tanauan and start going from shop to shop. At first I thought that people would get mad about it, but we have actually had a lot of success. The other day, we talked to people at a music store, a sports store, and a pet store. We found some people that were interested and invited us to return, found some members that we didn't know about, and were able to talk to a lot of people. We also got to see some cool basketball shoes, guitars, and hold some puppies in the meantime. All in the comfort of air conditioning. I talked to the mission leaders about it just to make sure if it was okay, and they said that they're going to start trying it themselves. It has really amazed me how friendly people are here in the Philippines and how the Lord blesses us when we open our mouths to share the Gospel (no matter where we are).
My companion is doing great considering all the adjustments that he is going through. He has been getting really bad headaches from the heat and we are trying to get as much work done as possible while making sure that he stays healthy. He was running a bit of a fever and so we have been taking it a little easy, but we were still able to meet a lot of our goals for this week. Things are going great and we should be having a baptism in about two weeks!
Thank you again for all of your support!
- Elder English