Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Last few weeks

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Hi Everyone,

I am writing on behalf of Elder Chew today.  He had been really diligent in emailing to us his weekly or biweekly reports from his mission, however in the last two weeks he has been busy and a bit under the weather. 

Some of you may know, he has some back problem and was allowed to use a back pack on his mission but at the moment he cannot even carry weight on his back because it has been painful.  Not to worry, he went to Bupa and is getting treatment such as acupuncture for it.

He also has some dental issues and is sorting it out this week...he will need a root canal. This may sound familiar with missionaries.  I will share this little bit from Elder Chew's correspondence with Aaron :

Thanks for the update. The physiotherapist used acupuncture everywhere on my back and now it aches more than ever. She's given me some exercises so I can strengthen my core. I could really use one of those massages right now. Elder Dias tries his best to help, but it just isn't the same. Mum sent me some oil so maybe that will help.

I agree there always has to be opposition in life or else we wouldn't really appreciate the sweet joy that comes from the love of God. Missionary life has it's mist of darkness, however there's a lot to learn from going through these times. My faith has grown stronger in the Savior. I have been relying more and more for his guidance through sincere prayers with real intent. President Stevens during our interview said that we've been through a few wars together - it's all worth it though. I'm grateful for his help and love. Keep pressing on! I will keep you in my prayers.


Love,

Elder Chew

Thursday, 10 September 2015

08/09/15 - Mission conference with Brother & Sister Christensen‏

Good morning,

We had our mission conference yesterday, so P-day was moved to today. Brother and Sister Christensen came to visit us from the Masschussettes  has written a few books on member missionary work. We went through the Susan Fulcher case and he helped us to get inside Sister Fulcher's brain! Something I took away from the conference was to visit more with the members and to really be a part of their lives. This is something Sister Fulcher did and it resulted in 35 referrals from the members with 14 baptisms over 5 months! There's a lot of principles to be learnt from her example and I would recommend anyone to read the case study.

I spoke to Elder Crawley at the conference and he told me that Gary, the person I found in Kettering got baptised! I really couldn't believe it! I can remember him and I was told that he was very prepared. Me and Elder Tomas planted. Elder Crawley and his trainee watered. Heavenly Father gave the increase! 


Love,

Elder Chew
Two 'Chews'

Me and Elder Tamilarason (he's the other Malaysian in the mission).

Zone meeting

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

01/09/2015 - We did it!‏

Good afternoon,

Move calls were yesterday... We're both staying together! For the other 2 in our flat - Elder Kendall will be moving to Cambridge to be district leader. His replacement is Elder Coon (my first trainee)! Elder Salisbury (Elder Kendall's trainee) will be staying. I feel like Helaman with my stripling warriors now that both my "sons" will be with me.

Me and Elder Dias did it! We baptised together! Last week Lewis and Gbemisola got baptised and confirmed. Through the work of many missionaries and with faith we helped them make their first covenants. I'm so happy for them and very thankful that the Lord was able to use me. A couple of weeks ago, the Ilford Elders baptised Sumera. She was the miracle lady I found a few weeks ago when we were in Ilford!

We now want to focus on gaining the ward's help in achieving the vision we have set for our area. There are 3 parts.

1. Finding a pianist through our own efforts.

2. Finding a young mens and young womens councilor through a less-active family.

3. Finding a ward mission leader assistant through a part-member family.

Thank you for your prayers. We have seen the Lord's hand in the work and want to continue working more effectively with the ward to achieve our goals.


Love,

Elder Chew