We have went to the place called Kota Tua again a few times this week. It is always such a crowded place and people will ask to interview us for school homework and take pictures with us like the whole time we are there. But once they do that I ask who they are and stuff and invite them to our free English class, usually they are super excited about in and I get their numbers. We also find a lot of people there who are interested in our gospel message too. The one thing that is hard about Jakarta is following up and meeting people for the second time. Usually everyone is so busy and/or live far away so it is tough to meet them again, but we try!
The other day we went to a new members house and she has a nephew who lives with her and he has been learning with the missionaries. So we visited with him, he is a cool 15 year old and we invited him to be baptized on the 31st of January. His only issue is that it is hard for him to get to church because he is busy with his work at the market and lives pretty far away. Hopefully we will have success with him!
Oh I have a funny story, so two days ago I got this text from an unknown number and they asked us if we can meet up and talk together right now. So I said of course and asked if we could meet at the church. They asked if they could just meet us at the Kota Tua place so we thought okay sure. So instead of studying we went out to meet them. It takes about an hour or more to get to Kota Tua by train but we did it. Once we got there and met up with them it turned out they were just some high school Muslim kids who just wanted to interview a white person for their school homework. We were kinda ticked but I was patient with them and did their interview. I then invited them to our English class and they left. It was a little bit of a waste of time but whatever haha we got punked.
Yesterday we went to church. We went to the English ward first at 8am and then went to the Indonesian one after that. It was weird going to church with a lot of white people and hearing everything in English, it was really really nice haha. The talks were given by a mission couple here. They talked about the importance of reading the scriptures as a family and raising children in righteousness. They were great talks and I am thankful for my wonderful family who raised me. Well that is about it this week. Bye.
|Elder Atkinson sitting in a rather empty bus|