Monday, September 2, 2013

7 NEW missionaries arriving on Wednesday!!!

Well, it sounds like summer has just about ended for everyone over there. It was good to hear that everyone is doing well. This week has been a good one; we got a lot accomplished, and I'm pretty sure that we are ready for the group of missionaries that will be arriving on Wednesday. Also, the senior couple that is here on the island with us, Elder and Sister Heap, were in Mada this week and we survived without them. We will be picking them, as well as President and Sister Adams, up from the airport here in about an hour. New missionaries arrive Wednesday! Elder Choi, from Korea is the only missionary coming from the Provo MTC, so he will be coming alone and will arrive Wednesday morning. The six other missionaries--five elders and one sister--are scheduled to land at 7pm, Wednesday evening. They will be coming from the Ghana MTC. We will be placing them with their companions Wednesday night, but they will return for a new-missionary orientation on Thursday morning at 11. We just received transfer news about an hour or two ago from the Assistants to the President, and we're in for some changes this week. Elder Peters is being transferred to train in Le Port--I might remind you that Elder Peters arrived only two weeks ago, and because he is a native French-speaker, was not in the MTC for very long. He and I realized this week that he entered the MTC after the missionary that he will train, whoever that ends up being. Elder Sanchez, who arrived in June, will also be training in Le Port. Elder Zimmerman, who is currently in Le Port and just finished training Elder Sanchez, will be coming up to my apartment and will be training a new missionary in the St Denis area. There will also be a training-trio of sisters in St Denis. Elders Peck and Elder Arrieus will be in a trio with a new missionary in St Pierre. Elder Wynn, will be staying in the Ste Marie area, thankfully, and will be training the two elders that remain (while this was a bit of a curve-ball, I was aware that it was a possibility considering our limited training options). We do not yet know who will be training each of the individual elders, so I will have to tell you who my two new companions are next week! I'm looking forward to training again and to meeting all of the new missionaries. Elder Peters is a little shell-shocked. He was not expecting to move so suddenly. He and I have had a great time together and he's a great elder. Among his many good qualities are his optimism and a good attitude, and he's got his act together when it comes to personal organization, apartment cleanliness, and teaching skills. I'm confident that he'll do a great job training. We need to leave soon to go to the airport, so I'm going to close. Wish me luck, and more importantly keep praying, because God has answered many of the prayers that have been offered in my behalf. I love you all, and hope that each of you makes the absolute best of this upcoming week. Elder Wynn

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