Monday, March 4, 2013

"Woo, my first punch in Poland!"

As if this were the first of more to come??? I would certainly hope not!

One night last week, Lance and his companion were on their way home when they stopped to talk to someone. It quickly became apparent that the man was drunk. Soon, his friends came out and began asking questions.

He says the conversation was going well until.... "one guy was trying to ask me a question but I was talking to another and the guy freaked out and punched me in the neck!"

Lance and his companion decided that was a good time to calmly walk away. He says that the guy hit his scarf so therefore it wasn't painful. He believes that he was being protected and what could've been a blow to the face, was a softened blow to a scarf.

Needless to say, he found it to be a great learning experience! And though I don't like the idea of my son being in any kind of physical danger, I also know he's being watched over.

Saturday, I received a package from Lance in the mail. He included a t-shirt for his cousin and brother that has a sign of the Polish Uprising. The sign on the shirt looks like this:

I wasn't much of a history expert on Poland before Lance got his call, so it has been a great experience learning so much about that amazing country. If you've never read about the uprising  that occurred during WWII (or maybe you did in high school and can't remember it, either), look it up on the internet. These people were brave! Though they didn't win their freedom, they still stood up for their rights. And I admire and honor those who stand up for their God given rights!

Lance says that though they have spoken with many who are interested, no one is actively investigating right now. But, that doesn't get him down.  He knows that all things come in their own Divine Timing, so he readies himself for the ones who will be invested in learning the Gospel message. He does mention that he's had at least one great and spiritual conversation with one person that ended in a couple of hugs...and he was Muslim, of course.

Lance is very appreciative of his companion. They have similar views and attitudes which he finds is very helpful for them both. This companion is from Utah, as well, so I'm hoping I can connect with his mom at some point soon. I am just so very grateful that Lance has had such wonderful companions during the last 6 months.

They have plans to visit a town that is about an hour away called Police (pronunciation???), which is at the edge of the Baltic Sea. He's very excited to finally view the sea with his own eyes, even though they won't be doing any swimming or fishing. He tells his dad that they will be seeing it before it warms up because there are many nudists that like to frequent the beach in the summer!

He reaffirms that Szczecin is amazing and beautiful and he loves it there. They still haven't seen the whole area, so they have their activities for the next how ever many P days planned out.

I updated Lance on the happenings here on the home front. His cousin's girlfriend just arrived in Norway to do her student teaching, so that means she is in closer proximity to Lance than we are. He thinks that his cousin, who is the biggest history buff you'll ever meet and so very knowledgeable about Russia, ought to just move to Russia soon so they can all be near each other.

I let him know that there are a few people who ask about him, wanting to know how he's doing. One good friend even donated some money to his mission fund this week...calling Lance "her missionary". He is always so grateful to know that people care about him. I have a sweet friend who reads this blog every week without fail and when it wasn't up this morning, she messaged me specifically to see how he is doing! I don't think she's even met Lance personally, but yet she's so supportive. Lance always asks me to tell everyone that he feels their support and knows that they are receiving blessings for being so wonderfully kind.

He closes his email by thanking us for everything we've done and do for him. Though some days are tough, he knows for sure why he's there...and that's to help people gain happiness.

Taken by a friend of Lance's :)

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