My eye's are filled with tears as I write to you this day. I am so very deeply humbled to serve my Savior, Jesus Christ; to be His servant. As I see the great needs of the people here in this part of the Lord's vineyard, I am filled with joy that even the smallest act of kindness or service makes such a huge difference in their lives. .They are such humble people; our brothers and sisters. I fall to my knee's each night in gratitude for this wonderful opportunity to be a missionary here.
I don't know if you have heard of the starfish story so I would like to invite you to listen to it. Then come back and enjoy my starfish story.
The Starfish Story
I found my starfish - Gracinda is her name. She is my neighbor. (I talked about her in an earlier post)
Any way…I invited Gracinda to come to our stake conference my second week here and she came! The next week, both Gorge and Gracinda came. Then on Monday, the 19th, Sister McKnight, myself and the Elders had family home evening with her family. What a sweet tender spirit I felt as I watched the children sing with us. Then Elder Olsen asked Edu to offer the opening prayer. At first he was shy but then consented and did a great job. This sweet boy is very special to some of you who will read this, for he tells me all the time about his American friends: Brother and Sister Adams, Sister Palmer, Elder Palmer, Sister Cummings, President Holt - he loves all of you and when he talks of you his eyes light up and there is a spiritual connection for him. I am humbled to follow in your footsteps in making a difference in this boy’s life and that of his family. I love them so much.
They probably think I'm crazy but I wanted to do what they do and learn how to use a wash board. It works!
I know that God lives and that he is a God of miracles. If you would like to participate in creating this “miracle”, my friend has organized a fundraising page at http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/Starfish-Project/36425
In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen