Monday, March 16, 2015

Week 44 - Bari, Italy

Amici e Famiglia,

It has been a great week for missionary work in Bari.  On Monday, after we emailed, we went with the other Elders to Burger King to get the 4 euro meal deal thing we have been seeing all over the city on billboards.  It turned out to be a little bit of a ripoff (extremely tiny burger) like we knew it would be.  We all burst into laughing when Anz. Toronto asked if there were refills on the sodas. Then we went to the Bari PoggioFranco church on Via Cancello Rotto to play some soccer on the enclosed field.  It was asphalt instead of turf and also there was some moss that had grown on it.  I excitedly ran out to kick the ball and promptly fell on my rear end.  Luckily no damage was done and we began to play.  Every Elder ended up slipping one time or another and fortunately there were only two injuries.  Anziano Bee (who actually is my fourth cousin descended from the same Francesco Antonio Bodrero from Cuneo Italy... our ancestors were brothers that came over to America together) fell and tore up his knee and elbow.  I also slipped and rolled my ankle.  I can still walk thankfully.  Then we did some good street finding that night and set up an appointment with 5 young adults for later that week.

The next day we had DDM at our church in Bari Libert√† on Via Giuseppe Sangiorgi, 4.  We had to talk in Italian because we have a few Italian sisters.  Then we had these delicious sandwiches with meat, fancy cheese, pesto, mushrooms, and leaf stuff.  Later we had English course and met a Jehovah's Witness on the street.  He began to talk to us and a few seconds later a guy rolled up on his motorcycle and began asking both of us to explain the bible according to each of our religions.  It was a funny situation.  We also had a lesson with an awesome member (who just got home from a mission in London who knew Elder Loyd from our stake) and an investigator.  It went well and we set a baptism date.

The next day we had a lesson with a new convert and his friend that introduced him to the church.  Later that night we had a lesson with the five people we met earlier on the street that week.  We had the help of a missionary who was temporarily home from his mission in South Africa due to an illness.  The next day we had a few lessons and English course.  Friday we did weekly planning and then tried to find a bunch of less-actives and did some finding.  The next day we had a lesson with this guy who wanted to learn some English and a bit about the church.  He was really cool.  We also went to Bitritto for a missionary finding activity with the district.  The bus back to Bari was packed and we had to stand in the aisle.  Also some ticket collectors got on and we hadn't punched our tickets because of the press.  Luckily they didn't give us a ticket and just tore the top off our tickets.  Then we ate some delicious panzerotti that we ordered while on the bus to be delivered to the station.  They are kind of like pizzas folded over loaded with cheese and a little tomato sauce... super greasy too.  On Sunday we went to church and afterwards went to a meal appointment with some members.  It was a good oven pasta, chicken, salad, and ice cream.  Then later that night we did some finding.  Talk to ya next week.

Anziano Blazzard

1 comment:

  1. I found your post as I was searching for a Christian / Missionary Church that my daughter, who only speaks English, could attend this summer. She is living in Bari Italy for 3 months and would love to find some fellowship with other believers. If you have any ideas I would love to be able to pass this on to her.
    Thanks, wanda (