Elder Benson - South Africa Jo-Berg Mission

Elder Benson - South Africa Jo-Berg Mission

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sawabona from Rabie Ridge!

This week was an amazing one for sure!  Our plan last week was to have a district fast, starting on Thursday night which lead into doing what we've called the All-Out Blitz on Friday.  It's an all-out finding opportunity, where we set up a banner at the busiest corner in the other guys' area and do some major contacting.  Our primary purpose is to jump start Jorgensen and Samuel's area (since they're whitewashing), but also to become more consecrated missionaries.

This is the letter to President Dunn about the result (and about the district as well):

"The All-Out Blitz was a success!  We passed out over 20 BoM's, a little over 300 pass-along cards, and received over 20 referrals.  Above it all, it allowed the whole district to work hard and grow together.  Thanks for the banners; they were a big help in talking to people.  All of the elders who were involved had a blast, and we look forward to what lies ahead for Rabie Ridge 1 (the other guys' area).

I need to give a huge shout-out to Elders Samuel and Jorgensen!  They are both polar opposites, but they work great together.  Jorgensen loves to work hard and knows his schedule, and Samuel loves the people and knows how to enjoy the work.  Their work is clearly showing up in their stats, but more so in the ward.  The ward was skeptical of having three new elders, but they wouldn't trade these guys for anybody else.

Elder Musiiwa is a joy to work with.  He's either on the side of absolute silence or absolute crazy, which makes for a fun ride!  The people here in RR2 are warming up to his quiet nature in lessons, but they love the guy!

An experience I had in the All-Out Blitz really highlighted the whole experience for me.  As we started the Blitz, everyone went to work straight away.  I was struggling getting into it for the reasons of hunger+thirst but also for the reason of fear.  I've always had a bit of a hesitation to open my mouth to complete strangers, so this day was really going to test me.  As I started contacting, there was a lady that I saw was a sitting duck on the corner.  Immediately, I went up to her and started talking.  After a few laughs and a few words, we started up a conversation.  She at first was extremely closed off but over time opened up.  She eventually told me of her failing home life and struggling faith.  A few moments after she had finished, I found myself talking to her, bearing testimony of our Saviour Jesus Christ and His Gospel.  I saw her shoulders relax, her eyes soften, and her interest heighten as she began to ask more questions.

It is always a good feeling when you recognize the miracle of conversion take place, and knowing that you were a proper conduit for the Spirit to speak to people.  I'm grateful that the Spirit gave me the prompting to have the Blitz and for the huge success  it was.  From the Elders in Rabie Ridge to the woman I spoke to, I think we have all been a bit more converted and a bit more humbled.  The Spirit truly is the key in this work, and I'm grateful for the privilege it is to be a missionary in the SAJM."

Thank you all for the help in allowing the amazing work here to progress, from your letters to your support.  More to come next week!

(The Lord is with us!!)

-Elder Benson

This is the Golden Investigator, Moagi!  He decided one day to walk into church and immediately wanted to be baptized!  Future general authority this one!

"No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing.  Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame.  But the purposes of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent 'til it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; 'til the Great Jehovah shall say 'The Work is Done'."

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