Monday, September 29, 2014

God is ALWAYS Looking Out For Us


Life in Mexico is loud as always! Music everywhere, people shouting gringa or guera (white girl or blondie) at me everywhere, traffic noises, dog and bird noises.... EVERYWHERE.  City life is fab. 

Traffic here is absolutely insane. There are no rules. You just GO. Seatbelts are usually nonexistent, along with lanes, crosswalks, and speed limits. So, when we cross the street, it's in the middle of traffic...dodging cars and buses and combis. (Mom, you would die. hahaha) It's SO FUN. 

Our area is huge and we walk miles and miles every day. It's insane. When we need to, we either take the bus, or more commonly combis. These are little van-like things that a bunch of people cram scramble around from place to place (Again mom, you would die).

You would think the cat calls and American comments would stop after awhile...but no! But don't worry... it's all positive....sorta! 

This week:
People who stroked my hair = 9
Commented on my blue eyes = 11
Stroked my skin = 6
Shouted gringa, guera, or something else at me = too many to count.

The only bad response I've gotten was yesterday.....I've debated sharing this story because I'm pretty sure mom's gonna have a heart attack shows that God really does watch out for his missionaries and I'm just fine so..... HERE WE GO.

Yesterday, as we were walking through Central to eat at a members house I felt like someone was following us. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed this short man in an orange shirt who seemed to be looking at me.  

So, I started walking faster. And so did he. 

I said to Hermana Martinez, "Mas rapido"(faster).  She was confused. But, as we started walking faster...he noticed and started screaming things at us.

Hermana Martinez looked alarmed and said, "Don't worry." When she speaks in english, you know it's serious...because she doesn't speak much English....and only does when she doesn't want other people to understand her. 

So we crossed the street...probably when we shouldn't have...dodging cars...and started running to the member's house. He got caught up at the road. We started knocking on the members door. But, as we were waiting he caught up to us.

He screamed, "No quiero gringas aqui!!!" (I don't want gringas here!!) And raised his hand in the he was about to hit me! 

We just stared at him in shock. 

Then, the weirdest thing happened. He just lowered his hand, looked confused, and walked away. For no reason. It had to have been the spirit! It honestly was like God put His hand forward to stop his hand. I'm not kidding. I swear there was like a wall between us. 

God is always looking out for us. What a miracle! 

There have been other miracles that I have seen here. I know God prepares His people for us. 

The first week I was taking a picture of this ginormus chicken when a lady walked out and just randomly invited us in. She was indiginous, and when we asked her why she invited us in she said because I was so smiley, a gringa.... and we all just looked so happy. She is now a progressing investigador! 

Another time, all of our lessons fell through. So, we were just walking around with a member...when we stumbled upon this house of inactive members that no one knew about, along with two new investigators. One of the inactive members said we were an answer to her prayers! She prayed to have the missionaries come to her door if the church was true, and we showed up the next day. 

I know God prepares his children!!!

So in our mission an investigator has to attend church 5 times before baptism because there are a lot of less actives or in-actives here.  But, if all goes as planned we should have 3 baptisms this week! Woohoo!!

Love you and miss you all a ton!!!!! 

Con Amor, 

Hermana Hansen

(Note from parents:  Jordyn wanted us to pass along thanks for the many emails / letters she has been receiving.  She doesn't have time to respond to everybody each week but know that she loves and appreciates the prayers and support)