#SaPilipinasBound: An Emergency...and a Transfer(6
Sometimes I feel like I'm in this dramatic/action movie. You know, the
ones that keep your heart pumping and you're just sitting there
wide-eyed and unexpecting. Yah, that's my life on the Mission right
now!(; Haha, this is a great thing though! So no worries(; Lol.
Wow, this week was pretty intense and tiring...but no worries--ALL IS
WELL!!(: The Typhoon wasn't bad, we just stayed inside and let it
past, it was pretty cool though! Haha.
After emailing on Monday, we headed to Trece (part of our Zone) and
spent some time as a District because one of our Sisters (Sis
Ballatan) was going home on Tuesday. She's done. It's kind of
interesting seeing someone fresh to the Mission and then those that
are going home or even in the middle. Sis Ballatan was such a great
example of someone who "finished with [her] torch still lit".
She was an STL that was a kabahay (roommate) with me and was always so
hard working and happy. Love her and her shining example to me. I
remember when I was able to do an exchange with her! And now she's
home. So fast! She advised me to take advantage of wearing the badge,
a mission is so quick and something you've never forget nor regret.
We all went as a District to go and eat and then printed pictures that
we took as a District on Sunday. It was fun to be with everyone, we're
all so close. We then heard from the other District in Trece that they
were all together for PDay and went to join them at their chapel. When
we went there, they were all watching a movie(: No worries, in our
Mission, we're allowed to watch Disney Movies only for activities. So
we all joined in with them and watched "Strange Magic". IT WAS
AWESOME!! Loved the movie so much, especially with our whole zone. It
made those going home a bit trunky because it was sort of a "love"
story. Oh brother...(; Lol. It was great.
Anyways, like I said, Sis Picar was informed that she would be
transferring that Wednesday. Which for me meant that I was getting a
new Nanay (trainer). This scared me a bit because it also meant that I
would be leading our area and I'm still struggling with the language a
bit. We also were told that our areas would be switching with the
Elders in our branch. So my new Nanay and I would be half shot gunning
(starting a new area) and I was leading. This was going to be hard. I
was so nervous, but I had faith that all would be well. The Lord
doesn't give us challenges we can't accomplish.
Anyways, Tuesday would be a big day for us to learn a little bit about
the Elders area and PACK for Sis Picar! Earlier on that day, I taught
the lesson for District Meeting which went okay and then afterwards we
went with the Zone Leaders to learn their area. We were getting a HUGE
part of it and one of their areas is known as a "salvage" area because
many killings have happened here. But HEY, it's my new area(; Haha! I
was able to meet a lot of their LA's and Members to become familiar
with which was a good start for me. Now, if only I can
When it gets dark, we're not allowed to stay in these areas because of
the bad things that go down. So we started to head out, us four. I was
walking with Eld. Del Rosario and we were way behind the other two
because we were slow. Anyways, we were almost out of the area when all
of a sudden we hear a small girl call out, "ELDER! ELDER!". We look
across the street and see this little girl waving for us to come to
her. We thought she just wanted to say Hi, but then we could make out
that she was crying. We walked over to her fast and when we got to her
she started crying even harder and showed us her arms and hands. They
were covered in blood. She was crying and screaming hysterically and
was asking us to come with her, that her Papa (her Dad) was hurt. My
heart hurt for her. She started to lead us, but Eld Del Rosario looked
at me and told me he didn't think we were allowed to go with her. I
was nervous what we would find as well. The little girl noticed we
weren't following her and came back to pull us with her, and we both
just started to come with her.
We called Picar and Espiritu (our comps) to come to us, for they had
already gone way far from us. We followed the little girl to a huge
crowd of people and in the middle was her Dad. He was laying sort of
by these bushes, covered in blood. First thing I noticed was that
there were many people there, but NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON was helping
him. The man's two small little daughter were by this bleeding man,
crying and dabbing at his blood-covered face. I felt sick. The man
looked like he was already dead. When the Elders saw him, they told us
that the man was their investigator. His face was badly beaten, and we
can see the branch or weapon that was used to beat him with, for it
was also totally covered in blood. I thought he was dead. He wasn't
moving. No one was doing anything, so finally us four missionaries
decided we would go up to the guy and see what was going on. Everyone
watched as we turned him over and tried to sort of examine what
He had several big wounds on his face that were bleeding so much. His
daughters kept coming to us, begging us to help him live. We then
decided he needed to be taken to a hospital immediately, for he wasn't
dead...but dying. Sis Picar and I ran to get a trike and brought it
over to the area where the guy was laying. He moved a little bit, a
sign of life. The Elders started to lift him and then two more men
came to help too. They had to be gentle though, for he was loosing so
much blood. The man's blood stained our Elders arms and white
t-shirts. They were putting him in the Trike, when all of a sudden the
man gained consiousness and started slurringly asking where his
daughters were. We could tell he was drunk, for he reeked of alcohol.
We then told him to get in the trike and that he was hurt.
He started to fight the Elders and eventually pushed them off and
wobbly went into his home. We followed after him and found him laying
on his "bed", but still dripping blood pretty bad. We knew we had to
get him to the hospital. Long story short, we tried to put coffee on
the wound, rap it up, and help him--but he kept fighting us. We had
many people come in and yell at us for who knows what. I couldn't
understand what we were being yelled at about, but people were mad. We
didnt' care though. We were the only people that were helping him, and
we weren't going to just let him die. We called even some sort of
"officers" to come take him and they said they can't for he had no
family. The man was a single father with two daughters. We told them
we will be his family and they said okay, lets take him to the
hospital. The Elders had to carry the man into this tiny little
vehicle. They used my bandana to dab at his bloody face.
The man gave in, and let the Elders take him. Sis Picar was reminded
him to stay awake...stay alive! For he had two daughters that needed
him. We followed the Elders in a Jeepney and two trikes all the way to
the hospital. When we were on this one trike, the driver was asking us
what happened and Sis Picar just said we have an emergency, someones
hurt. The man kept asking her all these questions and finally she just
screamed, "JUST SHUT UP AND DRIVE!!" That's Sis Picar for ya(; Lol.
She's so funny, but we were in a hurry. The driver vroomed his
motorcycle and started to drive as fast as he could, following ever so
closely to the Elders. It was HILARIOUS!! He was yelling at everyone
to get out of the way too. I guess you gotta just tell em straight to
get the work done huh??(; Lol. It was a long and stressful night, but
we made it to the busy hospital.
I never thought this would be something I would go through, but it
was. It was one of the scariest things I've experience thus far on the
Mission. As Sis Picar and I waited outside the hospital for the
Elders, we thought back to how no one was helping the dying man. We
both knew that we were there for a reason. To help this man stay
alive. The Lord has peculiar ways of placing people in our paths for a
reason. This man was a new investigator the the little girl remembered
the Elders, with their white shirts and nametags. Out of all the
people in the street, she was able to pick him out. And though she
didn't really know much about Missionaries, she knew that we would
help her when no one else would.
That's why I love our church. Even those that don't know much about
it, they still identify us as people that help people. I'm now
grateful for this experience, even though at the time I was terrified
and felt helpless, I'm glad it turned out okay. The man is in our area
and we were able to visit him on Saturday. His face is pretty beat,
but he was so sweet to us and mde sure we felt comfortable with
whatever we needed. He told his mom as we sat there that he knows that
if it weren't for the missionaries that helped him, he wouldn't be
here right now. It made me feel so happy to know that he knows that.
It's humbled his heart to listen to our message and we have a
baptismal date for him set aside. We pray and hope that he will
remember the Lord and how he has blessed him with his life.
Soooo, on a happier note: I HAVE A NEW COMPANION(: and guess what?? I.
LOVE. HER!! I was super nervous at first and had been praying for a
good companion and I DID! Her name is Sis Abasanta from Cebu. She is
the sweetest girl and so hard working. We mix so well together and
we've had great success in our new areas and she has just fit in so
well in my other areas. It's been such a great four days with her so
far and I can't wait for more to come! She in number 10 out of 17
kids, all from two parents. Isn't that so cool?! Man, I love her.
She's so fun to be around and everyone was only complimenting about
her when I told them that she would be my new kasama.
Our area has been sort of dead, but with her by my side, we have been
able to find many investigators and help many as well! I'm so excited
for this upcoming week with her(: I've only been with her a short
time, but we've witnessed miracles together already.
So many miracles have been happening and I've only been out in the
field for almost two months!! Gosh, I love here. I wish I can tell you
every thing we go through, but my emails are too long. Sorry for
making it so long, but you know me and my details!!
OH! Funny thing. Yesterday, Sis Abasanta was looking at my pictures
and asked about the Aida pictures. She wanted to hear the WHOLE STORY
of Aida and now she is IN LOVE with Aida!! Haha, she wants to watch it
so bad. Haha! It was so funny watching her expressions as she listened
to me tell the story. Made me miss Aida. So jealous of all you
watching it(; AIDAAAAA!!>.<