Wednesday, November 26, 2014

News from Sao Filipe

Service that we helped with on Saturday as well. We got water for the ward members and prepared the food while they carved out the place for a foundation of a members home!

Ash is everywhere
Ok first of all I just need to say that we baptised one of the greatest people in the world this week
She is a single mom who fell in love with this gospel the moment she heard about it. She has kept all of the commandments since we taught them and she has been showing us all of her friends because she is so excited about the gospel. Even on her baptism day there were so many setbacks but she just smiled and told us that it would be a great story one day. Haha! I love her so much. 

On to the eruption.

Alright so I never thought this would happen to me while I was here in Fogo, but hey, you have to live the adventure, right?

So on Sat we were walking down the street to our other appointment in Ponta Verde and we heard this rumbling sound like a car crash far off in the distance. We both looked at eachother and thought it was a little strange but kept walking. The day went a little rough but we got everythign worked out. 

So the next day in church during sacrament meeting we hear that the volcano went back into activity. We all thought that was pretty cool until we started walking home and we felt all this fine sand blowing around in the air. There was also a sulfury smell in the air. We kept hearing that same rumbling sound from the day before. It was from the volcano. 

We walked home and closed all of our doors and windows as President Mathews called and told us that the sisters from Relva would be coming to stay with us for a few weeks. They and other Elders were being evacuated to the main cities were they could be safe from any harm.  We were finally told that the little volcano (the secondary shaft) had erupted, and lava was flowing out towards a small city. No missionaries have ever served there, so there was no worry about that. I called Sister Mathews to ask if we had any special insrtuctions and to let her know about the ash. She told us that we needed to stay indoors until further notice. So for that Sunday we spent they day together enjoying one anothers company.

 On Monday we were told that we could go out just to do email and food shopping. We printed off emails and got some food for the week, then the power went out. We were then told to stay in our house for the rest of that day. So the time indoors was spent cooking good food and talking about deep doctrine while we did what we could to tidy up the house. 

Yesterday we were allowed to go out teaching. We spent some time looking for ways we could help any of the people who were evacuated. But disappointingly they need help in other cities and we are not allowed to leave Sao Filipe. So we went out and taught people. The day went great with a lot of great lessons. When the sun went down you could see the cloud of smoke, but it had a red glow to it from the lava. Later that night I took a picture of what we could see.  

As of right now, the power goes on and off. But we are all safe and healthy. Just praying and hoping that the volcano will eventually settle down. There have been no reported deaths or injury and the lava is slow moving so thats uplifting. We also have a range of mtns. between us and the volcano so we feel really safe. Quite the story thought. 

Family, don't worry. We are literally the last city that would be hit by lava if it even got that bad. We are all well. 

I will send what pictures I can!
Love you all!

Sister Goss

Fun facts:
São Filipe (Portuguese for "Saint Philip", Cape Verdean CreoleSan Filipe  is a town on the west coast of the island of FogoCape Verde. It is the capital of the island, and the seat of the São Filipe Municipality. The island's airport, São Filipe Airport, is located on the southeastern edge of the town.

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