Every week, I send a regular letter to my missionary sons, and one additional email with the question of the week. This is my (sometimes vain) hope to get a better feel for customs of the country, health issues, personal questions and other things I just wanna know. That way they don't have to answer a slew of my questions, just one a week.
This week's question was about how we learn things from difficult situation. I asked Ben what he had learned last week. His response was thoughtful, and has made me and Trent both examine some of our own attitudes.
What I learned this week is that you can do anything. We taught as many times this week as I did in my best week in Fort Dauphin and had a Fort Dauphinesque amount of people at church too. It just takes a good attitude and lots of work and you can do crazy things. I love it. Like it's not all about the stats, but there's this terrible mindset in my mission that the work goes way good in fort d, toliara, and mahajanga and everywhere else it's not super great, and because they have that mindset, that's what they get. But it's not true. I love that.
His letter this week was short, but enough for my mother-heart. You can read it on his blog.