So many pictures - so little time to post.
The beginning of November we had a combined District Leader and Zone Leader training. In the morning we met with all Zone leaders and District leaders. Below are the small groups we divided into for discussion of some mission policies and activities.
District Leaders and Zone Leaders as of the 1st of November
In the afternoon we just had the Zone and Sister leaders.
Mission Leader Council - November 1.
The first week of November we also had District training. For 5 days we had 1/5 of the mission each day come to the area office - by districts. Half the group went to the temple in the morning while the other half had some training. We ate lunch and in the afternoon we switched groups and the group trained in the morning went to the temple.
Training consisted of bike repair with Elder Nielsen and Elder Wall, as well as water filter maintenance. We also had some cooking demonstrations/participation with Sister Wall and I. We tried to expand the options for missionary meals using food items available here - Fried Rice, homemade tortillas, Crepes and homemade Bisquick (Biscuit mix) - to make pancakes, Impossible Bisquick Pies (including peach cobbler and cheeseburger pie) made in the microwave - since none of our apartments have ovens.
Bike repair and water filter instructions:
Below are snapshots of missionaries in our make-shift "kitchen" cooking up a storm (which actually happened one day when a power surge and then a black out shut down our electrical equipment - the burned out transformer smell was pretty powerful!).
(Pictures in random order)
The big reward for me was getting calls and emails from missionaries who had tried the new recipes and were reporting success. The sisters sent pictures of their experiment with pizza - great pictures just in the wrong format to post. We've also had lots of requests for "pancake syrup." YEAH!!! - for missionaries being willing to try new things!
Early release and transfers this week because of Christmas travel blackout next week. We're sad to see 6 great missionaries go home but excited for their families to get an early Christmas!