So I get to show the area to my new companion Elder R. He is from El Salvador and has 13 months in the mission.
Last week when we were shopping in the city, I spotted a pair of Teva sandals, and I had been looking for a pair of sandals. I tried them on and they were my size, and they didn't have someone else's footprint in them, so I bought them for 18 dollars, which I think is a good price for these kind of durable sandals, and they're Tevas! But good shoe news comes with bad shoe news. I spotted a fatal wound on the left brown shoe sole. it's from bending my toes, and thereis a lateral crack. so I think I'll just wear them until they don't work, or leak water, and try and repair them, or buy a new pair here and see if the shoes here are any good. Man I've been here for a while, haven't I? I'll let you know if it's worth buying an expensive pair of Eccos in the states.
This week was good! we did a service project on Saturday for Hna. O weeding her backyard. She said it'd be best to pull them out by hand, but Elder R was using a machete (which, I'll give him a break, because it's very hard to have a machete in your hand and NOT use it). So we were almost done cleaning, and E. R chops clean through the end of a 1 inch pvc pipe that was sticking up, capped off, and was their water line. So instantly water starts pouring out. I went over to the hole where we could shut off the water supply to the house. I lifted up the concrete block and looked in and just saw mud. O said the valve (is that the right word to use?) was in there, so I had to man up and stick my hand in what I hoped was just a mixture of dirt and water, and scoop about 10 scoops of mud out to get to the rusty valve to almost shut it off. That didn't fix the problem all the way, so we had to walk a mile to the store that sells the pvc that we needed IN THE 11 O'CLOCK SUN. I wore my hat, but still not enough. We ended up fixing the problem alright.
J is16 years old and she is soooo awesome! she got baptized February 21, and I feel like I got to baptize a future missionary and Relief Society president. She is pretty much the mom of the house because her grandma works long hours, but she still goes to seminary, and all the youth activities. It was amazing to see her transformation. There are good people out there that are just waiting for the last piece of themselves which is the Gospel! She's going to the temple this Friday with the youth and she's bringing family names with her!
E and A: They got baptized the 21st of February. They were a reference from the seminary teacher (seminary teachers are awesome in all parts of the world, this same lady helped us befriend J) and we probably wouldn't have found the house by contacting because its a wood shack hidden behind another house. She cleans the beach and houses of the rich people that have vacation homes, and A works in a Pulperia. She doesn't look like much, and she has a simple occupation, but this lady has potential because she READS WELL! and finding poor people that can read well is hard. She's the kind of woman that could do something more with her life and family if she had more opportunities and money. That's what makes me sad, is to see naturally gifted people be burdened down by poverty, but she has the most important book full of the most important knowledge in the world!