Saturday, February 7, 2009
Weird things that happen in India (you have to be prepared to read this)
1. Large groups of children run in packs, they're about 8 years old and can only say "Hi how are you fine." and attack missionaries and prevent them from moving for five minutes.
2. Ocassionally, random people on the street will try to hop onto my bike.
3. Ladies or children with a monkey that looks 100+ years old try to make me give them money. They say "monkey!" and point at it thinking it's a good reason for me to give them money.
4. People of all ages pooping in the street or on the side of the road. It's gross/ridiculous.
We usually do lessons with recent converts in the morning, then visit with lucky new investigators mid afternoon and at night we run frantically trying to visit all of our progressing investigators. We are working closely with people who are mostly students because they actually know english. Most are from the ages of 15-25, although we sure wouldn't mind teaching a family. Our finding is always in areas that we have already been to, since we have suuuuuuch a small area. We generally just find more young people while the older people just scowl at us or smile, either way in Telegu. Most of what I see is people on motercycles weaving through traffic on small roads, I see cars that have no regard for the lives of those on the road and will cut off anyone and ride all of the way to their destination on the wrong side of the road. I see countless people pooping in the streets and I see lots of old people begging for money. I see hundreds of cows that wander around the roads and go for a nap in the middle of intersections. I see hundreds of tiny shops that all sell the same thing and I wonder how any of them get business, since you could buy that stainless steel plate at any of the other 30 stores in a 50 yard radius (this is not a joke nor an exageration.) I also see a lot of the different political parties fighting for power. An election is coming up and the anti-Christians are up against the neutrals who are up against the "People's pary" which is headed by a popular actor (kind of like Arnold in Cali.) For the most part that's what I see. My comp worked in the American embassy in Nepal before coming and also at a NorthFace factory. He had a motorcycle, had long hair, played soccor, and was a recognized judo fighter. Our first approach when trying to snag anyone is go for the family. In our lesson if they're Christian then we'll sail through and focus on the Apostasy and then Joseph Smith. It's pretty easy.
Elder Shahi is the short dark one in case you didn't recognize him. I still really enjoy our companionship
Thanks so much for your love and support, keep sharing the gospel!