At the beginning of 2011 I was serving in Knysna with Elder Nzuki. I remember one of my last days in Knysna. I had already received the call that I was going to George. On one of my last days we were doing some finding. I remember Elder Nzuki asked me, "where do you feel we should go finding?" So, I remember thinking and driving to a certain area in the Knysna township. I parked the car and we got out and began tracting. We didn't have any immediate success until we saw a lady siting under a tree in the shade. She was holding a really new baby. We began talking to her and then she invited us in her home. Her name was Yoliswa. We asked if we could share a message with her and she said, "yes" and so we opened with a prayer and taught what I remember to be a pretty good lesson. We set a return appointment that would happen only after I left Knysna.
This week I went on exchanges in Knysna with Elder Andriamenentena. He was taking me around and then told me we could go visit a sister who was in the relief society presidency. So we pulled up to the house and I recognized it as the same house as Yoliswa. Elder Andriamenentena then told me how she and her family were baptized and they are powerful members! So, we walked in and I saw Yoliswa and her two kids. She shook my had and looked at my tag and said hello......then she paused and yelled, "ELDER BALMFORTH", I thought I would never see you again! She just was so happy and said thank you. She said that day we came she never thought that she would be this far, this close to her heavenly father and this happy. Its not like it was anything I did. I met the woman once. It was so awesome to see how much the gospel and heavenly father has helped this awesome family!
So my exchanges in George and Knysna were awesome! I was able to see a lot of great people that I love! The drive was really tiring but it was fun. Sister Botha and Carey and Shaun from Bellville came all the way to George to visit me! Man, they are the best! It was awesome to have lunch with them! So we got back on Friday night. This week is going to be another really busy one! We have Zone Conference with Elder Carl B. Cook of the seventy. So we are organizing that, it will be on Friday. George and Knysna are coming up the day before. Oh on our way to George we get a call that An Elder is in the hospital ready to have his appendix out. So he had it out while we were there. So it was good that we were going down he is doing well and living it up with the senior couple haha.
Oh and last week we were looking for some members and when we found the address we met a different family who had just moved in. So we asked if we could come back on Sunday. So last night we went there and met the coolest family. A mom and a dad and three kids. It was a way spiritual lesson where they told us about alot of challenges they were facing and the father said he was always so confused about why there are so many churches. He also said he was praying for someone to come and help strengthen his family!!!!!!!!!! It was so cool! So its been a great week with lots of miracle's. I love missionary work! I love you all thanks for everything.
|Elder Balmforth and Elder Cowey with the elder who just got his appendix out.|
|The tree where Elder Balmforthand Elder Nzuki first found Yoliswa in Knysna.|
|Elder Balmforth and Yoliswa and two of her children.|
|Elder Balmforth in the middle of a bunch of signs pointing to different churches.|