I can´t believe that December is well on its way. The Christmas Spirit grows and grows every day. Lights are going up, Christmas trees are in every house. People are selling Panetón (Peruvian fruit cake) in todo lugar. Christmas is in the air (even in the 90 degree heat!). And best of all, for Christmas here every family has a huge nativity set. Most are wooden, hand carved with Mary, Joseph (oh María y José) and all the animals. Plus they have the tradition that baby Jesus doesn’t arrive until midnight in the 24th. Instead of sleeping early so Santa can come, the whole family stays up until midnight and awaits the arrival of the Christ child. They truly love the Lord here, and Christmas is a time that they are praising Him and truly focusing on Jesus. They honestly recognize and celebrate the true reason for the season!
Anyway, I bet you are probably wondering where I got transferred to. It was extremely difficult to say goodbye to Monsefú. There is a special place in my heart for that town and more so for the people there. Ahora, I have been transferred to Lambayeque, Demetrio Acosta. I think it is a little bit North of Chiclayo, so more desert than ocean breeze. The area is huge so there is lots of work to be done. Luckily, I have the most wonderful companion in the World! Hermana Fuller is from Seattle Washington and is incredibly diligent and tons of fun! We have already planned lots of activities for the branch and for the zone. We are ready to infuse Lambayeque with lots and lots of excitement for missionary work! Also there are some wonderful investigators here. This weekend Loredina was baptized. She just turned 12 and is so great. Her little sister is a member as well and they, along with their Mom, come to church every week. Unfortunately their Mom isn’t legally married so she can’t be baptized (yet). Hopefully her husband will be ready soon to be married and later, baptized so that their family can be together FOREVER!
I love this work; there is a lot to be done. The field is white all ready to harvest and I love every minute!