Friday, September 16, 2016

Kamusta! Twenty Arrive With Energy!

Our newest batch of missionaries came to our mission in a different fashion today.  This is our first group of missionaries who didn't all go through the MTC in Manila for training.  Some trained in the Provo MTC before coming to Manila for processing.  Because last Monday was a holiday, their fingerprinting didn't take place until Wednesday.  The missionaries were delayed by about 5 hours so instead of going to the mission office in the morning for orientation, they were brought directly to the mission home in the late afternoon for orientation, interviews and a nice dinner.  It was a nice change.  Our 16 Elders and 4 Sisters are bright, alert and eager.  They will be a wonderful addition to our mission family.

Kamusta, Elders and Sisters!  We all met together before breaking up into 4 training groups.  Elder Whiting makes sure they know how finances work in the mission.  Sister Whiting teaches about mission travel and baptism records.  The Assistants teach about our Orientation Manual and how to do a mission effectively.  President and Sister Clark share a group.  One by one the missionary have their first interview with their Mission President.  This helps him know which trainer would be best and where to assign them. Sister Clark talks about many of the health issues they will face and how to stay healthy. During part of Sister Clark's orientation, she gives the missionary "a parting gift" from our missionaries that departed for home just hours before.  

In the picture below, our departing missionaries are writing down advice for the incoming missionaries who arrive the next day.  As leaders we can share good counsel, but advice and encouragement coming from an experienced Angeles missionary who has walked the streets that the incoming missionary will walk and faced many of the same challenges, this counsel is price-less.  Some times the missionary receiving the counsel will say, "This is written just for me!"  It is one of the many tender mercies they will receive.

The day following arrival brings more training
by President and Sister Clark.  They divide their
time in the morning between both trainers and
trainees. Training a new missionary is an assignment
of great trust. Pictured below are the great missionaries 
who are the trainers for this new batch. They are entrusted 
with the care and nurture of our new missionaries for 
twelve weeks to assure they have a great beginning.

Here they are!  Our newly minted trainees 
 eagerly and anxiously awaiting the entry  
of the trainers in the chapel and the announcement
of assignments.  We are asked to make this a 
spiritual experience, setting the tone for their training. 

Elder Alldredge

Elder Belleza

Elder Caburnay

Elder Najorda

Elder Noah

Elder Peterson

Elder San Juan

Elder Sumalpong

Elder Tindoc

Elder 'Unufe

Elder Abrao

Elder Carling

Elder Duke

Elder Elms

Elder Wells

Elder Zacchilli

Sister Hortaleza

Sister Marabe

Sister Tukia

Sister Bandoy

Elder 'Unufe & Elders Pascua
Elder Abroa & Elder Lewis
Elder Alldredge & Elder Lastierre
Sister Aries & Sister Tukia
Sister Bandoy & Sister Evans
Elder Belleza & Elder Lewis
Elder Caburnay & Elder Mielke
Elder Carling & Elder 
Elder Duke & Elder Ramos
Elder Elms & Elder Berdin
Sister Marabe & Sister Victorio
Sister Merwal & Sister Hortaleza
Elder Najorda & Elder Dixon
Elder Noah & Elder Teasdale
Elder Peterson & Elder Gomitas
Elder San Juan & Elder McIntyre
Elder Sumalpong & Elder Matheson
Elder Tindoc & Elder Young
Elder Wells & Elder Javier
Elder Zacchilli & Elder Richards

mis-sion-ary (noun)
Someone who leaves their family for a time,
so that others may be with their families for Eternity.

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