Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer in Friesland

Happy 4th of July!

It looks like summer finally made it to 
The Netherlands 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

6/29/15 - Micah in Friesland

Micah in Friesland

Where is Friesland you ask? 
Friesland is a province in northwest Netherlands and has two official languages, Frisian and Dutch. 

The Friesians are very proud of their flag and their own unique culture.

Most importantly - 
Micah loves it!

This week was full of funny adventures - Guess that's missionary life though, right? ;)
It started with Zone Conference, which is always just so powerful.  Getting there was an adventure though.  We got directions to the wrong church.  We showed up, and I was joking to Zuster Romney that only for missionary meetings it doesn't concern me when I don't see cars in the driveway.  But then no one was there.  So we had to hop on a couple trams, take a couple busses to get to Rotterdam.  We were a little late, a little chagrin, but it was also rather funny.  Directions and getting lost have always been one of my biggest challenges I guess you could say and it's for sure something I've pretty much gotten over on my mission.  Gotten lost plenty of times, but we've always somehow found our way to where we're supposed to go. 
We talked a lot about Grace and iPads. 
One of the biggest adventures and miracles this week was Zaterdag.  We had only ONE MORE EASTER REFERAL.  Last month there was a campaign on facebook where people could order "Finding Faith in Christ" DVDs and then we would go visit them and see what they thought and if they wanted to learn more about how to come close to Christ. And we've had a ton in Leeuwarden.  And most of them have been in tiny little villages that's about an hour or so bus and/or train ride away.  But we've finally contacted them all.  But one.
The problem with this last one though, no busses go to the little village where they live!  And it´s about 30 kilometers from where we live.  All of our plans fell through last Saturday though, and we prayed about it and we really felt like that was what we should do.
So we wrote down ghetto instructions on how to get there.

And left with a prayer in our hearts that we would have contact with the refferal.
And let me tell you the whole ride was just glorious.  It started out super dreary and cold.  But about 15 minutes in, the sun came out and it was beautiful.
We also passed a ton of fantastic graffiti on the way.  Nederland graffiti really is just so... cool.  Much classier than back home.

 And another sign that said `Promised land` and yet another one that said `Alma.`
It really was just an inspired ride. It was great. 
And by the time we got there, it took forever to get to the refferals door.  We went to the wrong house at first (It was in 7A not just plain 7...)  And then it took forever to figure out how to get to the front door. But literally the moment we finally got to the doorbell, someone came up one their bike.  IT WAS OUR REFFERAL!  It was crazy, right before we left he told us that he just had a feeling that he should come home real quick.  It really was SUCH a blessing.  The timing was no coincidence.  He wasn´t interested in changing religions, but we ended up chatting with him for almost an hour and saying a prayer with him.  He told us he was really impressed and could tell we were really sincere and that this was something important.  He just felt at home in his current church.  I think he felt the spirit there though, and it was really cool praying with him right there on the doorstep.