Monday, August 25, 2014

WEEK #9 IN GJAKOVA, KOSOVO

Monday August 25, 2014

Family and Friends,
This week was great in Gjakova. On Saturday, we had the baptism of Shkumbin Vorfi!
Shkumbin Vorfi's baptism at the Hotel Pashtriku Swimming Pool
Elders Harvey and Gray have been teaching him for a couple of weeks and finally on Saturday, Elder Harvey baptized him in the Hotel Pashtriku swimming pool. Shkumbin is a fantastic father of 2 daughters: Anila and Elda. His wife passed away in an accident about 14 years ago and he has stayed a true and loyal protector and provider for his girls. Shkumbin had to fight to give up smoking but was able to quit completely. He is an amazing person and a solid new member. Elder Gray was able to confirm him in church on Sunday.
On Friday the missionaries helped out Liz, an American member living in Gjakova running a humanitarian program teaching children affected by the war music.

Liz held a carnival for the children and the missionaries along with the BYU-Hawaii students staffed the carnival games and acted as 'muscle' in controlling the children. I manned the blowing a ping pong ball through a masking tape obstacle course. It was a lot of fun and very interesting to hear the Gheg Albanian versions of "Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree" and "In the Jungle, the Might Jungle, the Lion Sleeps Tonight." Liz has a talent for teaching and helping this children
Today for P-Day we took our district to Prizren. Elders Schramm and Gray had never been there and it was a great opportunity for them to see that city.


Again we were unable to wear our name tags out of the unfriendly situation. But we still had a great time there. We visited Afrim, too-friendly Islamic items shop-keeper. Elder Schramm got to experience the quick, close, and friendly experience of talking to him. It is always fun going to Prizren and I am excited for the day that we can walk the streets and spread the word again there.
I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Love, Elder Aqësoni



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