So I boarded a small colorful packed bus, solo, without a cell phone, with my suitcases and no more than the name of the city to get me here. The bus took me through a hilly, canyon jungle and I finally got here, in Caacupe, where the bus dropped me off in the Basilica (is that a word in engish?) It's a small city, with kind of a touristy feel to it. It's set in the middle of two huge hills. I was able to find the house where the missionaries lived by asking around, and finally met my comp, el Elder Gavidia, from Peru. I am training him to be a Zone Leader, he has about one year in the mish. He's a great guy, just always super happy. Our Area were we work in is HUGE. an a map, it reaches about 20 to 25 kilometers in diameter, with a small part here in the city, and the rest takes you through jungle trails, and little communities of people. Lots. Of. Walking.
The branch here has a zone covering 3 cities, and there are 8 missioniaries woring in it to cover it all. It's... known to be a difficult area, Ca'acupe. For example, last year in the branch, there were 100 baptisms, which is a LOT. Buttttt only about 8 of those 100 people are still attending...
Something strange about here in Ca'acupe, is that there a lot of German families here, that immigrate here (I don't have any idea why) and live in secluded farm lands about a 2 hour walk from our house, there are no busses- A few are members, we had a lesson with a man from Germany the other day while contacting... Never thought I would get to do that here ha
But, other than that, I am super happy to ge here. The area is Beautiful... It's so much fun. We have heard rumors from the members and missionaries that there is a tribe of guarani living in our area (Indiginous) jsut to sum up how awesome this place is. We WILL be looking for them this week. I will keep you updated!
Love you guys!
|Visit from Elder Cronin|