Transfer weeks are the craziest! I had to pack all of my things and say goodbye to Sibu. We had a branch family home evening night on Tuesday for people to come to if they wanted to say goodbye. I really enjoyed serving in Sibu. The plane ride to Kuching was good and I made it safely to Kuching. Now I’m in Kuching, my second area! Kuching is a lot bigger than Sibu.
I’m serving in the International branch which covers all of Kuching. The international branch is mostly all Chinese people. I think we have about 90 members in our branch and I think about 40 or so members came last week. So they have a higher percentage of active members than in Sibu. Kuching is crazy. Addresses are really hard to find. We have a map, but if someone gave us an address, we’d have a hard time finding their house. We can’t find the houses of a lot of our inactives, so they’re kind of lost until they come back to church. If our area was whitewashed (putting 2 new Elders into the area and switching out the old ones), the Elders would have a hard time. The Sisters serving in our branch were whitewashed so they have some work ahead of them. We did pass a lot of people we normally visit to them though. The last sisters didn’t speak Chinese so they only visited the people that spoke English I guess, but now they can visit the people who speak Chinese. We passed all of the females we were meeting with because it’s easier for the sisters to visit them because we have to have another male present if we want to visit them.
By the way, Kuching has a lot of hills and is nicer than Sibu. Our apartment only has 2 elders in it and it’s really nice. It’s pretty small, but it’s perfect for 2 elders. There are 7 people in our district. Elder Durrant is my companion and this is his last transfer! That means I’m going to “kill” him. His Chinese is pretty good. One of our investigators is also planning on getting baptized this Tuesday!
I’m really excited to be serving here in Kuching and I know the Lord put me here in Kuching for a reason. I know the church and I know the power of prayer is real. Always remember to pray. Even when you aren’t having any trials or challenges, always pray. Always thank God for everything you have, your trials and you blessings. I know as you strive to make praying a daily habit, God will bless you and the more you pray, the more happier you’ll be.
Thank you all for reading my update and I’ll write to you next week!
Elder Maxwell Wimmer