Week 66

Hey family,

I am finally back to East Malaysia which is a little odd for me because I have been in the West Malaysia a quarter of my mission.
Well, I gotta say the reason why I missed my flight is part of my fault. I did checked in everything and I was waiting at the assigned gate. One thing that I do not like about Malaysia Airline is that they always change the gate! sometimes without notifying people. I can write down a list of things that I don't like or even complaint on my email but I am not gonna do that because it's all past tense and I learn a great deal of lesson from this incident. The airport doesn't even have a first air kit, and you think that they would page me? *chuckles* I missed my flight because I was reading from a book. Anyway, I am fine now.

I know that I shouldn't have judge especially when the mission has shift its focus on finding new converts that could help the church to grow. I just hope that the new missionaries know what they are doing in Malacca.
I guess I am doing fine right now in Miri. I am back to speaking Iban again which mean that I can learn 1 additional language and work on my Malay since I haven't really speak it for a long time. Church attendance is the double of Melaka and there is a lot of people. I make sure that I know what I am doing all the time and get to know all of these people in a short time. In just a few minute, I get to know 6 families of all the 88 people that came to church. Unfortunately, some of them went home earlier. Of all the 6 families that I know, I know how old are the children(they are the best to work with especially in linking them with other youths) and how many children they have. Not to boast but that's just how I do it. I always want know what is happening and know what I am doing. That is one of mission goal.

Remember how UNO is so useful in teaching? We started doing that and in the first lesson, I am able to build a stronger and better relationship with the members, investigators and less actives than visiting them several time. I think this is really a good strategy. The branch has more than 400 members and I have to look through 26 pages to know each of the members. But I finally get to sort it all out.

FYI, I am skyping home between December 26 - December 28 for Christmas. I will let you know more. Please let me know your schedule. 

Love,
Elder Tan

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