Actually, it is not for 1000 days. It is just that 3 years times 365 days plus June 27 through June 30, 2008 equals 1098 days, and that is way too cumbersome to convert into a blog headline. Futhermore, our release date will not be determined until May or June of 2011. Therefore, 1000 Days sounded just about right, more or less. Having noted all that, we are humbled and thrilled (Pres. Uchtdorf would refer to the feeling as "joyfully overwhelmed") about having this marvelous opportunity to serve in La Mision Mexico Veracruz.

Con amor,
Pdte. y Hna. Pete and JoElla Hansen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Elder Schilhabel, from Bakersfield, labors in Poza Rica. He and his companion, Elder Romero, worked hard to recuperate a difficult missionary area. They dedicated themselves to the Lord and His work. They did anything they could to help people receive the blessings of the restored gospel.

The brother in the wheelchair, Francisco, lives with his aged mother in a sad little house. He is paralyzed. The elders contacted them and were allowed to come in to share the Gospel. The first lesson went well. The biggest challenge was that the family needed to go to church, both before and after baptism. They have no car. Sometimes it is hard here to get the few who have a car to help with transportation. Gas is not free here, either.

So Elder Schilhabel, never one to say that nothing can be done, took matters into his own hands. He pushed Francisco to church, a distance of over 2 kilometers one way. We have seen the road to the house. It is downhill going, but a minimum 30% grade going back when the sun is much hotter. The picture was taken on the flatter area. This was the first time that Francisco had been out of his mother's house, the first time that he had been in the sunshine, for over 3 years.

Transportation was arranged and within a couple of weeks Francisco and his little mom, Bruna, were baptized and confirmed.

1 comment:

Clay & Amy Hansen said...

That reminds me of Ammon. He loved and he served first and always. This puts a slightly different light on the principle of inviting and arranging to help the person to follow through on their commitment. What a great story.