Its been a week of up and downs. Early on this week, we got a phone call from one of our friends we were meeting. She called us with devastating news that her newborn baby of 5 months died. We really were shocked and didnt know what to say, what made matters worse was that her boyfriend was responsible for the death of her baby.
We met with her and we could see her entire demeanor was downtrodden, eyes were bloodshot and her posture was haggard, obviously from long sleepless nights of crying. She mentioned how the house is so quiet now and how her boyfriend’s arrest by the cops made the news.. We taught her about the Plan of Salvation and promised how it’s part and parcel of life and how babies that pass away early are some of the choicest spirits who don’t deserve to experience the hardships of life but are merely sent here to gain a body. It was words of comfort and she told us that as she prayed the few nights after, she felt peace that enveloped her. It wasnt a natural feeling, she said as she was racked with sorrow but she felt comforted. If there’s one thing i do know, it’s that God looks after his children.
We had dinner with a wonderful taiwanese family last night and half way through they started talked in Taiwanese and man, i couldnt stop smiling because it reminded me of home so much. I havent heard any Taiwanese (Hokkien) on my mission so it was something to cherish. hahaha (its the little things)…
I love being in Chinese work, i can already see my chinese improving as compared to 2 weeks ago and i’m excited to see the things i can learn in the upcoming week. I’m so thankful for the wonderful YSA members who are so willing to bring their friends to meetings and take us out for dinner and teach us chinese, it feels like i’m just hanging out with friends all the time. Its great. haha.
Hopefully the week has been good for all as well. Take good care!! 😀