Monday, July 20, 2015

The Rescue: ChocoMilco

Sup peeps?

So this week was another AMAZING week here in Bonanza. Something that I have absolutely loved about being here in Tapachula...that puts my mission experience on that our zone is totally united. We all just love each other. It's like a huge family, which makes working every day and helping everyone else on intercambios...and with other activities so much more fun.

 Elders De Jesus and Brass with Hermanas Hansen and Ortega
One of these amazing activities we did in the zone Elder Brass and I like to call it....EL RESCATE: CHOCOMILCO (the rescue of Xochimilco). Haha!

So there's an area in our zone that was a little...dead. Ghost townie. Like hasn't had a baptism in a while...everyone keeps to themselves in their houses and so it's hard to find new investigators... and doesn't have investigators progressing... etc etc. Xochimilco (but I can't ever pronounce it right, so I started saying the name 'ChocoMilco' and it stuck.)
I went on intercambios with Hermana Cook. Afterwards, when we were giving our informe to Elder Brass and Elder de Jesus I said, "I'm gonna be honest guys... they need a Rescue." 
 Tapachula Bonanza Zone

What is a rescue? Something that Elder Brass came up with when we were working in Grijalva and that I named. It's when an area is super dead and we come together as a zone and work during the morning to contact, find new investigators, and pretty much invade the whole area with missionaries so we can find the escogidos. But, we took it to a whole new level.

Singing at the Rescue

Elder Brass had the idea to get a giant speaker hooked up, so we could put on an announcement about the movie "Meet the Mormons", sing hymns, etc etc to get people out of their houses. He said, "I know there are escogidos there... if they won't come out of their houses... and we can't knock doors... we will just have to call them out!"

So we did. Then I had the idea that Hermana Cook could play her violin and we could walk the streets contacting people and drawing people out of the houses with the music...having a lesson in the street, inviting them to baptism, and finding the escogidos.

Hermana Cook

On Friday, we first divided all the missionaries up, and everyone went to work in a different area for 2 hours. Then we all met up, stopped combis, sang hymns in the speaker, and announced to the whole Chocomilco about the mormones.

It was SUPER AMAZING. Everyone was so excited, and we really did find some escogidos. We found a lot of people who accepted baptism, one couple that has all the church attendances but just needs to get married, and another couple of people who also have all the church attendances. It was an unforgettable experience. 

I'm so grateful to have an amazing zone, zone leaders who work with us and support us ... and my big family here in Tapachula Mexico. I'm never leaving! 

Hermana Hansen