Happy Monday everyone!
It was another great week in Kranj and we saw a number of miracles in the past few days.
The first miracle? I somehow successfully made “Cafe Rio Sweet Pork” haha. It was Sister Nydegger’s birthday on Monday and for months she’s been talking about how much she misses Cafe Rio. So, Elder Hughes (in Ljubljana) and I organized a little Cafe Rio lunch, and it was my job to make the pork. It’s truely amazing what you can do with Coke, brown sugar, and a crock pot! Anyway, us 4 missionaries in Kranj went down to Ljubljana and the 8 of us had a blast together for p day. We celebrated Sister Nydegger’s birthday, ate Cafe Rio, played soccer in the underground parking garage, and closed off with a game of hide-and-seek. Some good missionary fun 🙂
Nope, it’s not moonshine… Because of Slovenia’s lack of rootbeer, Elder Rice and I are brewing our own! We’ll keep you updated haha.
On Wednesday we tried a new contacting activity with the sisters which we called “I am the Living Water”. We went a bought a ton of water bottles at the store, ripped the labels off, and replaced them with water bottle labels I made a few days ago. The lables said (in Slovene) “I am the Living Water”, and underneath said “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again, but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst.” Then, we passed out water bottles to hot and thirsty people on the street! It was a lot of fun, and it was really easy to just ask people, “So what do you think Christ meant when He said He was the living water?” There were quite a few good conversations that came from it.
the “living water” bottle up close
(Refilling my “living water” bottle)
Thursday we did some more chalking and it was – as always – a great success. We had a pretty great story that came from it this week though…
To provide some context, I guess it’s important to know that we’ve been doing this chalk drawing without any sort of official permission from the city haha. I asked someone in the city at one point a few months ago, and they said they didn’t think it would be an issue, but they weren’t sure. So, in a typical Elder Davis fashion, I figured we may as well just go for it until someone tells us to stop 🙂 On Thursday though, Elder Rice was down on the ground drawing and I was a few feet away talking to people. All of the sudden a police car pulled up into the square and the officer got out and started making his way toward Elder Rice. My first thought was, “well, it’s been a good run… but this is the end”. I braced myself, expecting to be reprimanded or maybe even fined. Instead, he stopped, looked at the drawings, looked at us, and said “the drawing about families being important is my favorite one” and then walked away with a smile. Talk about having a positive influece on ths city! It was such a fun experience, and I guess we’re influencing people in ways we don’t even see.
The best part of the week though was Friday, when we really saw the hand of the Lord in our work. Remember the man that was 5 days from baptism? Well, this week we felt really strongly about visiting him. He wasn’t home when we went, so I wrote a letter to him saying that we still loved him and that the closer we get to God, the harder Satan pushes back. We also told him there is always a path back to Christ. We put that in his mailbox, and then just prayed! Not too long afterward, we got a text from him where he thanked us for the letter and said that he had thought a lot about all of these things, and really wanted to come back. I guess he had been having some probelms with a friend who is VERY against the church who pressured him into cutting contact with us. To make a long story short though, he is back now 🙂 He was at church this Sunday, and says he still wants to get baptized. I’m so glad I was able to be here long enough to see it come full cirlce!
All-in-all an great few days here in Kranj, and I’ve felt the Spirit very strongly this week. I guess there is no more fitting thought to close out on than that which we spent all of Wednesday afternoon sharing. In John 4, Christ is speaking with a Samaritan woman at the well, and this is where he introduces the idea of being the “living water”. It says in verses 13 and 14 that “Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water (from the well) shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” The function of water in our world that of giving life – we drink it daily, plants need it to grow and survive, etc. In the same way, Christ’s ultimate function is that of giving life. Not life as we know it though, but eternal life. In fact, His entire purpose for coming to Earth was to die so that we all can live. Christ’s is an open invitation to all of us: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,and I will give you rest.” I know firsthand that this is true, and that is can have more practical and everyday meaning than we can even understand.
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week! I’ll hear from you soon.