Post Transfer Stress Disorder
|Elder Saluta, Elder Bermoy|
|Sister Bermoy with her son|
Last SupperMonday evening was the 'Last Supper'. The departing missionaries gather at the mission home for a meal and testimony meeting.
SRC and TempleTuesday was SRC followed by a temple session. SRC is a self reliance workshop that lasts about 3-4 hours and is intended to help departing missionaries transition to the next stage of their life. The group left early for SRC and we came later to meet them at the temple.
After the temple we stopped just a few blocks away at Army Navy to eat. This is the final meal together for this batch.
We met at the mission office Wednesday morning at 6:30 AM to load luggage and departing missionaries for the drive to the airport. The missionaries leaving needed to be there close to the time that the new missionaries were scheduled to arrive. This generally works out, with some exceptions now and then. Two of the departing actually left later in the day which required a second run to the airport. Notice Elder Head standing in the foreground of the picture below. He trained Elder McNett in his office financial duties and is back now as an Assistant to the President.
There were 12 Elders and one Sister in the departing batch. All except Elder Grace, who is from New Zealand, returned to homes here in the Philippines.We mentioned Elder Grace last week and his connection to the Highland High rugby team. Check out this link to his arrival home.
Welcome Home Elder Grace
Arrival in Cebu
This transfer we welcomed seven new arrivals into the mission, six elders and one sister. After loading luggage and missionaries again it is time to drive to the mission home for orientation and new assignments. We were transporting luggage only and made a side trip on the way back to pick up pizza and salad for lunch.
Orientation and New Assignments
There is breakfast and lunch at the mission home with an orientation for the new arrivals and their trainers. After lunch, and after President Tanner has had time to talk individually with each of the new missionaries, companionship and area assignments are made. Most of these newly arriving missionaries only had an hour of sleep the night before.
|New batch and trainers.|