Another six weeks has passed and we are all excited to welcome our newest missionaries.
This will be a LONG post! I take a lot of pictures, but most do not make it to the blog because YOU would have to be served breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the computer as you sat all day looking at them. (and it would take me 3-4 days just to download them.) I try to find the best and post them. I would rather collage them, or group them together to take up less space, but I know there are mothers who cut and paste their missionary - a collage would make that impossible.
So . . . here we go . . . a post of our wonderful incoming missionaries. Enjoy!
The above pictures were taken at the Manila airport as we were greeting the incoming Provo sisters and elders. It was 11:30pm and we loaded all luggage into a van then drove the missionaries to their hotel for the night. President and I had the two sisters in our car and as President was backing out of our parking spot, he hit another car. Quite embarrassing for President Tye! We sat in the parking lot for a good hour and a half as the police came and took pictures, and the owner of the car wanted payment for the damage right on the spot. We finally got everyone fed and in their hotel rooms by 1:00a.m.
The next morning at 5:00a.m., we headed to Manila to pick up the next group of sisters and elders from the MTC there.
This elder has no family support whatsoever. He is being supported by his ward. The courage and dedication of these missionaries who ALL have personal challenges and stories is inspiring.
We gathered all 19 of our new missionaries together and had muffins and juice, orientation, lunch, and their first chance to meet their trainer and companion for the next 12 weeks.
President asked all of them to stand and introduce themselves.
Our lunch today was delicious! My favorite was the Mango Leche Flan and the fish in black bean sauce. Yummy!
The trainers and senior couples are invited to the lunch. At this point, the new missionaries do not know who their new companions will be.
Meeting and hugging new companions.