Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Our Home Away From Home

Each day that we go to the mission office we are greeted by this sign:
The mission office is the hub of the mission. It's a little hard to find because it's located in the basement of a small shopping center. But once you find it, you have come to a busy and wonderful place.
Sister Terry's desk... This is probably the cleanest it has been in awhile. Usually it has several projects spread out over it. Through the window you can see the little courtyard. Our plan is to buy a barbeque and have lunch together out there when the weather gets warmer.
And here is Elder Terry's desk. He spends some time at it doing his housing responsibilities, but more often he is found here...
In the President's office. You can't see the desk in this picture, but it's got a computer so that he can use it to find apartments available. This bulletin board holds the pictures of the families of our missionaries. We encourage each family to send a picture before their missionary arrives. Our family picture is at the bottom just to the right of the phone.
This is the transfer board. It's a little hard to see, but each card represents a missionary and is set up by zones and then districts. By looking at this we can see who is where and who the companions are. There is a matching board at the President's home in his office there. Sister Terry makes two cards for every missionary shortly after they arrive.
This is the arrival/departure board. Sister Rout, who works with us in the office, changes it each month. The missionaries love checking out who is coming and who is going. Sister Terry also makes two of each of these pictures. One for our board and one for a board at the President's home. He and Sister Young like to be able to get familiar with the faces of those coming in and think about those going home. Yes, that is 31 on the left as the last picture is of a senior couple who just arrived. And it doesn't include the six visa waiters we just found out about! The work is moving forward at a rapid pace and we are so happy to be a part of it in our own little way.