Monday, July 28, 2014

June Transfer Day

Usually I post transfer day with Farewells/Welcomes (Check blog post from last week) but the post got too long so here are the pictures I took on transfer day in June.  (Besides, since the internet is working I'm taking advantage of getting pictures downloaded:)  Transfer day is always a time for greeting past buddies and companions.  We end up having almost half the mission at the Tesano Stake Center - coming early and staying as long as possible!

Let me make a note here about mail.  FYI - The post office here is opening almost every box received  and charging high customs fees.  We, of course, don't know if items are removed or not.  Electronic items are most likely to incur very high fees.  We tried to cover customs fees since before Christmas but the costs are rising dramatically and we are again asking missionaries to pay those fees.  The flat rate priority mail package is still the best way to send items and not be charged a fee.  The envelope can be stuffed and then completely covered in tape and we seldom have them opened or charged high fees.  Thanks for your thoughtfulness in sending care packages but realize that between the high cost of mailing and the customs fees the missionary may appreciate a few dollars added to his/her bank account. We are always looking for visitors to Ghana who might be willing to bring a few items that might not be available here.  We will try to find someone coming to bring items that you are concerned about sending.  THANKS!








 Assistants and Office Elders - June


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fond Farewell & Welcomes, Again!

So the hardest part for me is seeing the missionaries I love leave the mission to return home.  Since this happens mostly every 6 weeks I should be used to it but it is hard to say goodbye!  We are happy the missionaries get to return to friends and family and wish them the best life has to offer, but we will miss them!

June Farewell!
Temple Excursion - Departing Elders:


 Departing Elders with Office Elders and Assistants:

Waiting for Testimony Meeting at the Mission Home 


Final pose with our first Office Elder:

Final Instructions from Elder Wall

 Bag check - what can we leave behind to  make the weight limit?

 President and Sister Hill with the new Missionaries June 11

New Missionaries:


 Welcome new companions!



Welcome Ward missionaries filling in with trainers until missionaries still in language training come from the MTC - in a couple of weeks.




 Mid-transfers departing sister:


 June 25 - New missionaries fresh from the MTC - from DR Congo, french speaking:  Lots of English still to learn!  We were expecting 4 but ended up with 2.  

Their trainers and English tutors:)

The one sure thing we can depend on remaining constant - CHANGE!  We'll miss the returning missionaries and wish them a wonderful post-mission life.  We watch for them on Facebook! - our post-mission information source:)

Welcome to all the new missionaries!