Well this week was quite the odd week and I’ll tell you why. Monday we headed out to Cosenza to play zone soccer which was super fun. I’m always done for some soccer and it’s nice to keep that skill up. Then that night we headed out to Crotone to do an exchange there BUT before we left we came across this beauty . . .
. . . is that Mug root beer?? I think it is!!!! But how? Why? Where did it come from?? Shhhhhh. Don’t ask questions. Just buy it and enjoy. Oh people, it was so incredibly delicious that my tastebuds rejoiced. A truly American soda. I wonder what it will be like to have Dr. Pepper again. Anyway back to the story. So we go to Crotone. Stay the night.
District meeting in the morning and then solid missionary work in the afternoon with English course. I was with Anziano Redaelli who is from around Milan and is super cool! Loved getting the chance to work with him. Then right after English course we headed out to Cosenza again.
Get there, sleep, district meeting in the morning. Eat a delicious lasagna made by the one and only Anziano Covalt who I had the pleasure of serving with during this exchange. We went around a part of the historic city there and had some great experiences talking to people and being the joy of the gospel. Then after eating a delicious dinner at one of the investigators homes we headed out for Catanzaro. We get there and they have pizza waiting for us. What angels! Side note:
Calabria (which is the region of all these cities) is known for its spicy peppers. Very spicy. Anyway they have pizzas for us and as I go to take my first bite I forget this fact about spiciness and mistake the odd lump on my pizza for burnt cheese instead of a whole pepper.
FIRE!!!! It hit me so hard. I determined that it has been too long since I have eaten spicy food. Anyway, after that initial ordeal the rest of the pizza was great since I had last feeling in my tongue.
Next day I’m with Anziano De Feo and we have to head out early to a guy who is a tram and a bus ride away (I almost forgot how inconvenient public transportation is in Italy since having the car for the last 5 weeks). Anyway, the lesson goes okay. The man was, in my own words, a paradoxical human being. Religiously committed to serving others but only for the glory that it brings him. Very sad to see the effects that come from that. Either way it was a great experience and Anziano De Feo rocked it. After lunch we finally got to head home after a very long few days. I loved it though. Only downside was the rest of our week back in our own city was filled with cancellations and no shows which was frustrating but what can one do?
Tonight I’ll be getting transfer calls. I’m hoping I get to stay here in Taranto, but we’ll see about that! I really want to stay here for a long time. I will let you all know next week what happens!!
This week we met with an inactive again who is against the church based on some personal experiences he has had in the past and some “research” he has conducted. What I would like to close with today is a simple declaration made by Paul:
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)”
I add my testimony to that of Paul’s that without the reception of the spirit of God through sincere prayer and righteous desire, one is not capable of understanding spiritual things. These spiritual things bring us more peace, more wisdom, and more stability in our lives than can be found anywhere in all the world; and so my invite to all of you is to first seek the spirit of God in all things that you may be more capable of understanding the will and plan of God in your individual life.
I love you! I pray for you.