Sunday, June 28, 2015

Transfer Day

One of the missionaries that I served with in Sweden as a young man took the Beatles' song, "Yesterday" and changed the words to a song about "Transfer Day".  I don't remember all the words, but it went something like:

Transfer day, all my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it seems as though they're here to stay.
Oh, I believe in Transfer Day!

The chorus was something like this:

Why'd you have to go?
I don't know, it doesn't say.
We did something wrong,
Now I long for Transfer Day.

We made it through another transfer week.  We welcomed 18 new missionaries and sent home 17, including Elder and Sister Julander.  It is a busy, exciting, happy and terrible time all wrapped up in a few days.

The new missionaries arrive around 2 p.m. on Tuesday and we feed them a little lunch and continue their training.

Wednesday morning at 10 a.m., they have their assignments and are ready to join the other missionaries.  The missionaries in this group come from Ghana, Zimbabwe, United States, Nigeria, New Zealand, Samoa and Namibia.

A few hours later, the missionaries completing their missions begin to arrive.

Elder LeBaron's parents came to pick him up.  

Elder Walston's parents and brother came too.  It turns out that his brother went to school with our Jacob and Breanne.  He saw their picture and made the connection.

Our office elders tell them what they need to know to get home.  Then the fufu feast begins.

The air conditioning is too much for some!

Help in the kitchen is always appreciated.  Husband lesson #1.  

On time for breakfast at 6 a.m. 

Then we are off to the temple and the airport.

Hugging at Winneba.

Goodbye, dear friends.

On Friday, we took a breath.  I drove out to Kissi and Ola for baptismal interviews.  

The Kissi Elders and a member who helps them.

Then, for date night, we had pizza and watched a DVD with Elder and Sister Hanlon.

Saturday, I had another baptismal interview in Bakaano, then in the late afternoon, we had dinner at the mission home for the stake / district presidents and their spouses.  Elder Davis, who presides over our Coordinating Council, also joined us with his wife.

The menu included soup, rolls, salad, chicken gizzards, rice, banku and snapper.  We had ice cream for dessert.  It was a fun evening with tremendous leaders in the Church.

Sister Stevenson kept the children busy.

The Mission Home has had a rough week.

On Sunday, we were invited to speak in the Swedru 2nd Ward.

It turned out that there was a funeral yesterday for one of the members, and many of her family came to church services today.  I think the non-members outnumbered the members.  They stayed for all three meetings and asked many thoughtful questions.  I was invited to answer one of the questions and I guess I did OK because they gave me an ovation. It was a nice conclusion to a missionary themed month for the Swedru Ward.


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