This blog is for family and friends who wish to following Trevan as he sacrifices his time and talents to go forth and teach the Gospel in the Belgium/Netherlands Mission for the next two years. Follow him as he grows through experience, challenges and triumphs throughout his mission. May our prayers provide him comfort and protection as he serves the people in his mission and may we all be inspired to be missionaries in our own lives.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

March 7, 2016 - Aan Het Dorpen

Dorp is a word in Dutch that doesn't have an accurate translation. It basically means village but village sounds impoverished. And it's too small for a town. And Belgian dorps especially, are NOT impoverished. 

We have received 28 Facebook referrals in Antwerpen for people who requested a free DVD. We split them up and took the ones farthest away since we have the car and have been knocking those out this last week. Because the people are a little more wealthy and classy, most of the time they look at us and before we say 3 words the door is thrown in our face. But luckily that didn't happen with all of them this time! We were able to teach one of them about the restored Gospel and gave her a Book of Mormon in exchange that we come to Paul the Apostle: the Musical in Bruxelles next month. ...... So we may have just booked the Brussels elders a night on the town for next month. Oops.

While doing these referrals I had the feeling to knock around the neighborhood of one who denied us, because God sends us to certain areas for different reasons sometimes. We knock around and find this lady named Nancy. At the beginning, her interest and patience with us was about a 2 on a 1-10 scale. But as we chatted and laughed together, she opened up about her beliefs, her story, her depression, and her desire for happiness. We testified our hearts out and told her that her problems would be soothed and even solved by reading and studying the Book of Mormon. I think we were all stunned when that was said, but it made her take the book and agree to have us back again. Yesterday we drove back out to work there, and as we knock she pulls up into the driveway and lets us in. We taught her the Restoration and a bit about the Atonement which is going to change her life. I know it. I said one or two sentences about the Atonement before closing and the Spirit sucker punched us all. I have been praying for her a lot, which is real special to me because of the big number of people we are working with. Keep her in your prayers please! We are teaching her about the plan of salvation and the atonement on Sunday.

I almost forgot, we had transfer calls this week. 9 out of 10 times I am immune and am called a believer which means I stay in cities for a long time. So yes, I am staying for a 5th transfer in Antwerpen. This is my city. Most of the zone stayed too which is good. Cook is a zone leader in Amsterdam, Morrell in Rotterdam, Parr in Apeldoorn and me here. There are only 6 zones and we are all split up into 4.

It's crazy but awesome to see the bulk of emails I get come from returned missionaries and friends who are back home. Thanks for the love and support and encouragement.


Elder Reese

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