Saturday, November 16, 2013

Change Day !

One very fun part of change day is being able to see so many of the missionaries.
Another fun part is being able to see how excited they all are to see each other!
So here are a few pictures I was able to take in between training the new missionaries. 

And here are the people who make the day all possible! The office secretaries. We cannot say enough about all they do!! We never could pull it all off without their help. Between them and our senior office couple they put together all the bank cards, travel money, visas, insurance cards, training supplies for both the trainers and the trainees, plus they set up all the tables and get the rooms ready for our arrival. We appreciate them so very much!!
Also critical to the process is our assistants. They help get missionaries to and from the airport all morning-those leaving and those arriving. Transport luggage to the church where we do the training, help with training at our house and then the official training at the church building, make arrangements for food after the training and transportation to the bus terminals.
And then there is Hermana Wagner Hija--who doubles as my personal assistant. She helps out with the farewell dinner the night before, the welcome breakfast for missionaries coming from the Mexico MTC and the welcome dinner for those coming from Provo. Meets with all Spanish speaking missionaries at the house to explain the English Language program (while I am meeting with others going over health) and does language training with all the missionaries during orientation. 
So it is quite an effort on the part of many, and we all end the day pretty exhausted. But also with hearts filled with gratitude for all our wonderful missionaries!!

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