Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

Sorry to send our weekly email two days late. We know that you wait at home with baited breath to see what in the world we are up to. This week was spent in the ABC islands. We began in Curacao, which may be my favorite of the three. We walked along the sea dike and then took a ferry over to the other picturesque side of the harbor where there were market vendors selling fish, fruits, and veggies. Along the way, we saw iguanas and hermit crabs out for their morning walk as well. We spent the rest day with our two elders there. They enjoyed interviews with dad, lunch on us, and then we taught three lessons with them. One of the young men that we taught shared the story of his conversion. He said that he had fallen into a deep depression and wondered if God even knew who he was anymore because of his choices. He googled "How can I repent?" Up came LDS.org. Carlos chatted with some missionaries online and they asked if he would like to have some representatives come to his door and answer his questions. He said yes. Then the missionaries in SLC called the mission home and our mission secretary gave the referral to the missionaries in Curacao and they were at this door within two hours. He said that was a miracle. Six weeks later Dad was giving him a baptism interview. He's an amazing young man and can't wait for his baptism. Then we were off to Aruba where we had 4 elders to visit and interview as well as look for two new missionary apartments. By the time we checked out the available apartment choices, took the four of them to lunch and then interviewed we were out of time and back at the airport headed for Bonaire. That little desert island has my heart too. We began Sunday at church by singing the opening song in 4 languages...Dutch, Spanish, English and Papiamento...ALL AT THE SAME TIME! It made me cry to hear so many cultures represented and sung at the top of their lungs! Then Dad and I were asked to spontaneously speak. I had an interpreter and Dad needed an interpreter for the interpreter because he kept switching from English to Dutch to Spanish...and then he finished up with his testimony in Papiamento! His poor brain is just on overload!
Anyway, church was great. The people are so friendly and feel so blessed to have the gospel. We had dinner that afternoon with the senior couple on the island and then interviewed the trio of sisters serving there. Dad had temple recommend interviews at the church later that evening and I went with the sisters to teach. The next morning we took the senior couple to breakfast and then took a tour of part of the island we had never been to before. We saw dive locations, a flamingo sanctuary and lots of cactus! We hope that you have all had a great week. Thank you for the picture of the kids in their Halloween costumes, they looked awesome.  

We love you all!
Trini and Dad
 
Primary in Bonaire
 Look out for divers sign
 Dive site
 Flamingo sanctuary
 Dutch style apartments

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12th, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

I'm sitting in bed...yes in bed, writing this email because we didn't go to bed until 3:45 this morning. We flew in late last night to Suriname and had tons to do before going to sleep. Emails to write to 50 + missionaries, emergencies to handle like a break-in, a melt down, a medical emergency etc. It just never stops. We thought that if we stayed up long enough we might catch up. But of course we woke up with plenty to do. When we got on the plane last night we sat right in front of a couple from Ogden that asked if we were misionaries. Dad said yes, I am a mission president in this area. He then asked "Do you know William and Verna Egbert?" Dad responded "Yes I do, they are my parents." They were Dr Matis and his wife who were on a vacation to check off more of the countries in the world that they had never been to. He was also Grandma Egbert's orthodontist and his wife, Nadine, was in a book club and knew and loved Grandma. It's a SMALL WORLD! They stayed at the Marriott with us and then we had breakfast together. They have served missions together and love to travel. She is a psychologist for the church and is busy still helping missionaries with different issues.

Saturday we went to a baptism in Point Fortin at the beach. Robert was a very prepared investigator that the sisters found and have been teaching for 6 weeks. The pictures that we have attached is worth a thousand words and I hope you can see the pure joy on their faces. Not a dry eye.Then we went to the confirmation of Isabel on Sunday in San Fernando. She is from Venezuela and speaks only Spanish. A returned missionary in the ward who spoke Spanish confirmed her. Dad and I were invited to speak since the meeting was running short and Dad bore a powerful testimony in Spanish to her of the special gift that she had just received. It was awesome to see the gift of tongues at work. It is hard to believe sometimes that we have only been here three and a half months. So many experiences that would already fill a book. We feel blessed to have this challenging opportunity and are trying to serve Him with all our heart, might, mind and strength. We could not do this without your love and prayers and want you to know we can feel your sustaining presence !

Tight hugs and tender kisses to you all!
Trini and Dad





October 5th, 2015

Dear Family and Friends,

It's been another lazy week in the Caribbean...sipping a pina colada with our toes tickling the sand....NOT! We have been in Tobago for the last 3 days helping train  the branch president and enjoying conference weekend with the members and our missionaries. We had pretty good reception for the majority of the sessions and are hoping to fill in the blanks when we get back to Trinidad today. It was a great recharging of the spiritual batteries and as usual an incredible testimony builder. I love the people of this small branch and admire their faith and dedication amidst some pretty challenging circumstances. Most had to choose whether to attend the Saturday or the Sunday session due to the expense of travel from their homes etc. The picture this week is of Sister Cupid! I idolize her. She has been the Relief Society president for years and is the lady that runs the fishmarket by the beach. She is the #1 missionary for the island and practices everyday what she preaches. Her example is contagious and she is a Saint in my book. We only have 2 missionaries serving on the island right now and hope to get two more over here soon. Well, not much more to say other than how much we love and appreciate you all. Put what you learned in conference to the test. There were so many inspiring suggestions and council given. What a blessing to have a living prophet and to know that he speaks with God for the welfare of mankind. Have a wonderful week. we are getting ready to board our flight in just a minute. Glad that it only takes 20 minutes to get home to Trinidad!
Hugs and Kisses OXOXOXO  
Trini and Dad

PS HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN!

Tobago sunrise
 Conference with the branch
 Sister Cupid
First banana harvest