During the last transfer cycle, we really emphasized the idea of building from the inside out. It's easier to baptize and fellowship individuals if they are close to the church and not out in another location far away. They are able to get to church and the members are able to fellowship them.
We've seen a lot of
success in building from the inside out. Finding is so much easier
around the church and the missionary apartment than it is in centro or
on lungo mare! I believe that the lord chose where the church should be
and where we should live because he's prepared people nearby. We have a
potential family who we're meeting with today who lives across the
street from us. Their daughter felt something really powerful as we
shared a spiritual thought and prayer and asked us if she could learn
more because she's been confused about religion. We're teaching our
landlord's family who will return from vacation in September and will
introduce us to their friends who were almost baptized 15 years ago but
lost contact with the missionaries. Our neighbor upstairs will also
return from his vacation in a few weeks and has remained in contact with
us to give us referrals and reassure us that he will come to church.
We're finding that people who live nearby our members and other
investigators have been well prepared to hear our message. By finding in
the areas where we're already teaching we've been seeing that the lord
has many people prepared just waiting for us to start talking to them.