This week I realized one harsh truth: language barriers really stink. Being strictly English speaking in an area that has a large minority of Spanish speakers really limits our ability to tract house to house. Some neighborhoods are 100% Hispanic, so Elder Robbins and I, unfortunately, have to tract somewhere else. During personal study I may just spend a few minutes learning some introductions such as "we are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day-saints" in Spanish. I'll let you know how it goes.
I forgot to mention something we as missionaries in the Gurnee church building (Gurnee 1st ward, the Spanish branch, and 2nd ward) did back in the beginning of August to gather some new investigators! We had free donuts, free lemonade, and a FREE CAR WASH!! We invited whoever came to take a tour of the church and then leave with free copies of Book of Mormons, pass-along cards - the whole ten yards. It lasted from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. I was medium-well baked at the end of it, but it was a blast!
This time, it was successful, buuuuut, just not as much. Turns out the Warren High school was ALSO hosting a car wash (Warren High school is across the street from our church). Their mascot is the "blue devils" so really it was the devil's army against God's army competing on who had the most car washes. We weren't keeping score, but they were pretty bitter since their swim team hosts a car wash annually and here we were stealing their cars across the street. I felt a bit bad, but it all worked out.
I think God was impressed with this most recent car wash, too... because he decided to chip in.
If you can't tell, it's pouring buckets out there. :)
Love you lots,