Saturday, January 28, 2017

Bohol to Bogo

We traveled this week and have a lot of pictures, so hang on! Monday morning there was a special activity for the sisters serving in the Danao and Consolacion Zones.
After meeting at the mission home for a waffle breakfast, they had some games, starting with an egg toss.
This was a smashing success and egg-xactly what they needed to start the day.  If they weren't careful though the yoke was on them.   Notice the concentration on Sister Inlao's face as she levitates an egg.
Next was a water balloon fight. Don't mess with these sisters.
This was followed by Twister with a twist. They used a home made Twister board with spots of wet paint for the dots. As they covered a color the color covered them.
Sister Mariano, Sister Samoya
Sister Leopoldo, Sister Hinton (nice eye shadow)
A very colorful group.
A special thanks to Sister Loreto and Sister Cook (the Danao Sister Training Leaders) for planning this activity.

Tuesday through Friday we were on Bohol with Maughans and the two assistants, Elder Clark and Elder Cirunay. While President Maughan had interviews with the missionaries the APs were checking Area Books and we helped administer English tests to 13 missionaries who are going home soon. Sister Maughan also used this as an opportunity to learn how English testing works.

We started Tuesday afternoon in Tagbilaran, went to Valencia on Wednesday, Thursday morning we were back in Tagbilaran, Thursday afternoon in Calape and Friday in Tubigon. We stayed two nights in Tagbilaran at Bohol Tropics and one night in Calape at Isla Hayahay.

The English tests are computer based and require an internet connection. We are happy to report that with only minor problems the testing went well everywhere we went. There was even a 'brown out' Wednesday in Valencia. The power was out in the chapel but using a laptop on battery power and a mobile wi-fi hotspot the testing went on without a hitch.
Assistants with Elder Cabasag, Sister Tagi, and Sister Acosta...

and with Elder Goulding and Elder Lang.
Sister Fonua, Sister Gil, Sister Osumo, Sister Dela Cruz, Sister Lacerna
We were able to deliver a new pair of shoes to Elder Tyrell. His were a little worn. Elder Tyrell was having trouble finding shoes in his size so we asked Elerie if he could help. He was back with them in less than a day. 
Elder Tyrell
Elder Tyrell's shoes.
Traveling to Bohol allowed us to deliver always appreciated packages and mail.
Sister Anderson

Elder Johnson

Elder Salazar and Elder Crowley

We welcomed another new senior couple to the mission this week, Elder and Sister Wilding from Rigby, Idaho. They arrived in Cebu on Friday, were picked up at the airport by the Weatherstons and stayed Friday night in the mission home. We met them Saturday morning at breakfast.
Elder and Sister Wilding
They will be replacing Bocks in the Bogo area. The truck they will use was at the mission office and needed to be driven to Bogo so Elder Wilding drove while we rode along to guide the way. Nothing like diving right in! The Weatherstons also drove to take the Bogo Zone Leaders back who were in Cebu and to give us a ride home.
Driving to Bogo
Bogo Zone
We were not here Wednesday the 25th for Elerie's 30th birthday so we gave him his present Monday afternoon. He brought Wilma to the office with him to open it. He's always so excited.

Sister Weatherston had a birthday cake ready for him on Wednesday. We were told that the custom in the Philippines is for the person having a birthday to give food to others so for us to give him presents and cake was unusual (but appreciated).

Thought for the Week

"Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock."
Jeremiah 31:10