Monday, January 12, 2015

Barco Ride - BARFO ride is more like it!


I just have to tell a funny story. So to get to Praia we have to take a boat because the planes are still not flying because of the volcano and there is also a ton of dirt in the air from the sahara desert that has been blown over. So we have been taking the boat a lot. For Leadership conference we went with the Zone Leaders to Praia on a four hour boat ride. I normaly I take medicine to help you not throw up of seasickness but this time I wanted to see if I could do it with out. None of us took it. Dumb, I know. 
So the boat starts off pretty smooth but as soon as we get out into the deeper part of the ocean the waves start getting real big, the boat started rocking real crazy, and they started handing out those barf bags real fast. We had decided to sit inside to rest a bit and we saw one of the Elders go into the restroom...then he didnt come out for a long time. FInally we saw the door open a crack but the waves hit the boat again and the door was closed. After a couple more minutes we see him walk out pale as paper, go over to his comp to whisper something, and they both walked out to the deck area. Sister Barbosa started getting a bit sick so we went out to the other deck area to get some fresh sea air. Thats when I started feeling bad. We both closed our eyes and focussed on the wind and on not puking. After a good two hours, some rain, and some pictures we went back inside; victorious over our seasickness. No sign of the elders. 
After we finally arive at Praia we saw the two walk in with a couple of barf bags full of...stuff. Both looking like they just died. The poor Elders didnt say anything, just got there stuff and got in the car. Sisters 1, Elders 0. 
The leadership council was amazing. We were trained on CH 12 and 13 of PMG. Also we had a wonderful training by sister Mathews on the first lesson. The restoration. 
On the boat ride home we all took medicine except for sis Barbosa. It was a good thing we did too because the waves were bigger and they got so bad they splashed up over the deck. Soaking a couple of tourists. But no one threw up this time!
Here in Sao Filipe we have had some really big blessings from the Lord. We ran into a couple of families and contacted them. Later we went to visit an old investigator family and they have a lot of desire to konw more about the church now than they did before. A family of 6! What a blessing. 
We also ran into a couple of less actives who have been telling us they miss church and the feeelings that come so we have been working with them. Peoples hearts are really changed and the Lord really does work with people. I will let you know how they all do this next week. We will be marking some dates and interviews for them!
Hope you have a great week!
Sister Goss

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