We spent two days with the leaving missionaries.
Monday - 9:00am was the starting time for ERC, a six hour class offered to all going home missionaries in the Philippines. It stands for Employment Resource Class, and helps them prepare for after mission jobs. When the class was over, the going home missionaries came to the mission home for dinner and FHE.
These ten missionaries were taken to a hotel for the night.
The going home missionaries for both July and August started arriving at the mission home at 7:30am. We had breakfast and then loaded 2 cars and headed to the Manila Temple to attend an endowment session. The August batch joined us because the Temple will be closed in August. After the temple we came back to the mission home for dinner.
Leaving batch for July
Leaving batch for August
Good bye to Sister Tabayay, Sister Cabusca, Sister Leavitt
Elder Tinasas, Elder Oakden, Elder Calipes, Elder Grant, Elder Sanchez, Elder Chua, and Elder Domingo.
The elders and sisters were taken to a hotel for the night, but then Typhoon Glenda hit and all of their travel plans were changed. Most of them stayed in a hotel from two - five nights until they could fly home. President Tye and I drove to Manila on Sunday July 20th to visit with those who were still waiting for flights. We had cake and said good bye one more time.
We lost a strong group of mission leaders this week. We will miss their example and dedication to being the Lord's Hands in loving and serving the people of the Philippines. We will love them forever!