Chase called home today. It was so fun to hear his voice and talk with him about his mission life. He sounds good, very positive, in spite of the fact that he is in a hard area. The area he serves in has about 200 inactive members and only 7-12 people attend church each week. Chase and his companion are very involved in speaking, teaching, and blessing the sacrament each week. Many of the people - especially the older people - speak only Guarani. Chase is working hard to try to communicate with the people, but it is a challenge, both in Spanish and Guarani. Chase said he is getting somewhat used to the heat and bugs. He really likes his companion, Elder Gage. from Wyoming. Chase said Elder Gage is a great trainer and that they are working hard. Each P-Day Chase and his companion ride the bus about 50 miles into Pedro Juan to see the other missionaries in their zone, buy food, and visit "civilization."
Today, Chase and his comp rode the bus for 1 1/2 hours to get to Pedro Juan for a Christmas dinner at some members' home. They ate lots of barbecued meat and enjoyed being with other missionaries. He said it was better than he expected it to be. Chase received the Christmas package I sent 6 weeks two days ago. He said it was great. The box had been nibbled thru and the Hillshire Farms sausage had been partially eaten by a mouse and then gone bad. All the other contents arrived safely. He especially enjoyed the Testimony Tree. (Collection of testimonies from family and friends sent to MTC prior to his leaving)
We are so proud of Chase and his desire to serve the Lord in Paraguay. We pray daily for his success, his continued positive attitude, and his continued growth in the gospel.