Elder Griffin with all of his companions (notice how they've been getting progressively taller)
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Well, another week down, and we have had a bunch of stress with it! But mostly because we've been really busy teaching, and finding, and doing missionary work. So it's good stress! This week started off pretty sad, we had to say goodbye to sister Ibrahimi. She is one of the new converts that we've been working with, and she's also been helping us teach her son. They came here as economical refugees, but because of all of the new refugees coming in from Syria and the Middle East, the German government doesn't have enough resources to support all of the other refugees from other countries where there isn't any war. So, the Ibrahimi's are being deported. Sister Ibrahimi left on Tuesday, and her two sons will be following next week. It's very, very sad. I've become such good friends with them, and I hate to say goodbye, but I'm sure we'll see each other again :)
However, with goodbyes, there are always new hellos! We made contact with a new Albanian family! Woo hoo! This family came to Germany at about the same time the Ibrahimi's, and they also were being taught together with them. At the end of the teaching, the Ibrahimi's decided to be baptized, but this family decided to wait a little longer. After this area changed missions they got lost, and haven't had contact with the church for the past 10 months. Then, last week the wife met our relief society president on the street, and told her she would like to meet with us again. Score!! They are a super, super sweet family. They know the gospel, and they told us that they miss the good feelings that they had while they were investigating the church. There's only one problem: they speak almost no German, or English. But, the wife speaks Italian! And one of our members speaks Spanish! And through the similarities in the languages (and a lot of divine intervention I'm sure) they can understand each other. This week in our lesson we were speaking English, German, Spanish, Italian, and Albanian... #CultureSplash
So, quick update with Edwin, WE FOUND HIM! He came to soccer, and church, and we had a great talk with him. The baptism is now scheduled for next week, and everything's looking good! So excited! We have so much fun, and success here.
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LG Elder Oliphant