Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 8 - Ragusa, Sicily, Italy

It has been another hot week in Ragusa, Sicily.  I have been doing a lot of walking (in the shade if I can manage it) and riding the bus as well.  We have traveled out of Ragusa to Modica, Ibla, and Marina di Ragusa for some lessons with investigators or potentials.  There are a crazy amount of churches in each of those cities.  Most people we teach are Africans from various countries who can speak a little English.  They live in camps (monasteries) until they can get their paperwork to live here.  One of our investigators will have a baptismal interview this week.  We might get another baptismal date later this week.  We have had a lot of investigators and less actives at church also so we are pretty happy about that.  Our investigators that we have met with are always very humble and willing to study and pray.  I hope we will be able to meet with the rest of the investigators this week. 

English course is a great way to find people and I enjoy being the teacher of English rather than the student of Italian for a few hours each week.  There are old and young people, singles and families. We get to share a spiritual thought at the end of the lesson so I hope some of our students will grow an interest in the church from that.

I haven't eaten that much pasta yet but I've had gelato like everyday.  We usually have two or three pranzo appointments with people each week and the food has been pretty good.  The problem is they won't let me stop eating when I'm full.  Despite all of this, I've lost 12 pounds since I've got here. I think it's due to all the walking up hills and sweating I do everyday.

All of the appliances are working again, including the air conditioner, so life is pretty good.  I understand half of what is going on most of the time depending on the age of the speaker.

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