Yes, we will be learning more Mandarin. Official language study, not something I thought I would do wehn I learned I was coming to Australia. A lot of people we talk to are Chinese, but there's no way we'll be fluent. It is helpful to be able to introduce ourselves as missionaries, share certain words like "church" and "faith" and get to know them. It would be so hard being in a country where you have no idea what anyone is saying!
This week we had a wonderful experience in finding. We sat down next to a girl on a bench, and as we started speaking, found out she is only here n Adelaide for one day, her flight back home to China had a really long layover. She is just starting to learn of Christianity, and heard a bit about Mormons while she was living in New York for a few years. She has a real desire to know more. We were able to share with her the Book of Mormon, where it came from, give her a copy and commit her to pray and know if it is true. It was an amazing experience to see how Heavenly Father placed her right there in our path, on the one day and at the one time she would have this chance to learn about the gospel. We felt so privileged and mindful of God's awareness as we walked away, and we have an email to stay in contact with her as she flies back to Shanghai.
I hope you all had a good new years, and had a chance to reflect on goals, all that good stuff :) A scripture that really touched me this week was in Romans 8:28 "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God" Whether it was a good year or not, we can look to the future with positivity!! Remember, "if God be for us, who can be against us?" (Rom 8:31)
I love you all, have a great week and a great new year!!
I just love Sister Brough. She is so great, and inspires me to keep improving and being better than I ever have before. Great motivation, we all need some form of that in life :)
Sister Collins from New Zealand, Sister White from Oregon