It flooded here in York because there was a pump that malfunctioned so messed up the river flow. And the smaller river over flowed the larger river and then it went over the banks and on to streets and flooded the lower places in city centre and along the river. It's pre cray cuz you can see how high the water was. They had little speed boats on the flooded streets. So in some areas it was about chest deep of flood water. This week we helped with the flood relief. The local York church stake centre was a collection point for tin foods, water, cleaning supplies, and clothes. And loads of the community came to help out. Loads of time was spent on organising the supplies, packing it in cars, and then going out to affected areas and helping people clean out their homes and giving them supplies. It was so sad to see people's reactions. most were in shock, they lost loads of possessions they had on the 1st floor.
I was just grateful this was an opportunity to serve and help others, it's been a great help for me as well. Looking outward in challenges helps loads. Areabooking (white washing - having both me and my companion both new to York at the same time) another area in the middle of holidays is so difficult, especially since all the Chinese are on holiday travelling. Like, I've done it before (whitewashing) so I know I can do it again but this time the focus of finding is on the English. And I've never spoken to as many English people as I have in the past 3 weeks. It's like starting over the mission. I feel like I am being trained into a English speaking missionary. But learning this aspect of missionary work is great, a good opportunity. I can see it helping me loads in the future. The only hard thing about it is that Chinese people are loads more receptive to the Gospel of Jesus Christ than the English. So I feel that me efforts are futile, but it's a totally noncorrect way of looking at it. I am planting seeds! One seed at a time(: seeds=ceads.
This formula has been loads of help when I've been Fun Finding or Knocking doors. Compliments are key, everyone likes a compliment. I learned that with Pugsley. This principle just had more emphasis this past week.
Just gotta keep on keeping on!