It has been an olympic week! We were able to get in more visa waiters than at any other transfer. We started another zone and opened more apartments. We had more missionaries moving at this transfer than at any other transfer since we got here. It was a pretty hectic week with lots of changes. We can hardly keep up with who is where, who won what, and how should we get it! Yes, family, we have been able to watch a little of the Olympics but the emphasis by the TV is all on the Australia athletes. What is up with that???
On transfer Monday, the missionaries going home and the missionaries changing places all meet at a chapel, listen to the talks by the leavers and find out where they are going next. The office is so quiet during that time, Elder Feil gets caught up and Sister Feil gets her head on straight! And then they all come to the office. They need to get supplies for their new areas, they need letters so that they can use the computers in the local library, they turn in their train and bus receipts and they need to come and see us and lift us up with their great spirit of love and friendship.
As the office fills up, someone gets a hold of Sister Feil's camera and here are more pictures than I didn't even know were taken. I didn't see these until tonight when downloading them for our blog. This was just like the surprise finishers at the Olympics!
The interesting part are the leavers - here are a few of them - as they try and decide what to do with their time left and how do they fit in to the mix for the next 12 hours. They will have a delicious dinner at the Howes and then leave early Tuesday for home. It is a sad but happy time. We find it very interesting to see who the new companionships are. You can definitely see inspiration at work. There are some that don't make logical sense, but the growth that comes from a new companion is amazing. President is truly inspired as he makes these changes and then the missionaries go and do as commanded and the mission surges forward again.
We have a new couple in the office and that has changed our assignments and work load. They have taken over most of the flat issues which means that we are doing most of the office assignments. Elder is pretty sad because he doesn't get to go shopping as much and you know how he loves those Olympic shopping events! He has turned into a gold medal shopper.
This is his sad face at not being able to shop. But he is considering training for accounting cross country because he has come in second in that event almost every month that we have been here. :)
And then came the new missionaries. I have looked at this Elder's file for 6 months - he finally got his visa and I was more excited to see him than his mother would have been! My visa delay file is the smallest since we came. We understand the political aspects of sports because we know the governments go back and forth jockeying for position on the visas. But in the end, we win and get every missionary that is assigned. Well, almost everyone. We are still waiting on a missionary from Kiribati - pronounced Kiribus. Someday we will go there and see for ourselves what the problem is.
|They are so tired they can hardly see straight, but they are happy to be here.|
Elder and Sister Killebrew helped with the intake and talked about their duties in the office. They have real estate experience and will be a great asset in the office with those issues. Sister Killebrew has won ribbons for quilting. Who knows, we may even get some special training from her and start a new Olympic event!
|These are our new assistants. They help the President with training, transferring, reports and any details the President needs. They are a great example of diligence and we think that should be a lifetime skill.|
After we orient the new missionaries, the trainers come in to meet their new companions. We have so many new missionaries, almost everyone is training. Especially the Sister missionaries as we continue to build in numbers with the Sisters. We should hit a peak next month and then we hope it will level off.
|Sister Cox helps cook the meals and leads in the trainers to the stadium for the Opening Ceremony! See everything in life relates to the Olympics!|
You don't find any bigger smiles on the medal winners than these trainers have as they come to meet the new missionaries. We agree that they look younger and younger - or maybe we look older and older.