Monday, 29 March 2010
This is always such a bittersweet moment. So sweet to be returning to the arms of loved ones. So sweet to have stayed the course and kept the faith. Yet as we raise our hand to wave our farewell, our hearts reach out to those we have come to love.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Lots of smiles and laughter at this lunch. We were chattering so much during the meal that I forgot to take pictures. Two more of the Royal Army returning with honour. In the bottom left picture I believe Elder Brown was threatening to flick a spear at Elder Potter. God bless them. Sto kalo paidia mas.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
This is a lovely picture of Elders Harris and Lohman with Jim the lovely man they are teaching. I have had the privilege of sitting in with them while they teach, and am enthralled with their wisdom and maturity. Proedros Charles is standing on the balcony of the Mission Office. The beautiful greek flag flying in honour of Greek Independence Day.
Elder and Sister Smith invited us for a walk to the top of the hill. It was worth the climb. From the top there are beautiful views of the city and beyond that the sea. There is a very small church at the top and we got a chance to speak to the caretaker. He was cleaning some of the artefacts that will be used for the Easter celebrations. It was a warm day with a beautiful blue sky. We walked, and talked, and laughed and shared the beauty of the day. A lovely preparation day, we felt quite refreshed for the week ahead. If you ever come to visit we will show you just where to buy those hats!!
Sister Christensen and I did some role play after conference while interviews were taking place. She really is very good at communicating in Greek, I was very impressed. We both shared our testimonies in Greek, you can see her doing just that in the top right picture.
Elder Middleton our Zone Leader in Thessaloniki gave a wonderful presentation on SYL ( speak your language) . Some of the points raised: Speak always, write down phrases and translate, correct each other, be patient don't switch to English too quickly find some other words to express ourselves. Work towards being so comfortable with the language that we can be comfortable doing anything the Spirit prompts.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Lita who is from the Phillipines was introduced to the church by a member. Elder Stephenson and Elder Jentzsch taught the lessons always with a member present. Brother Pectol baptised and Brother Smith and Marco were the witnesses.. Elder Jentzsch sent me these pictures with this information. He also wrote these words, "....and she received a testimony" What a wonderful work to be involved in ,to teach the gospel so that others may receive a witness for themselves.,
Monday, 15 March 2010
Faustina is from Ghana and she was taught by Sisters Lelle and Simmons. Elder Roderick performed the Baptism. I believe Sister Tolonen and Sister Lelle first contacted her and began to sow those seeds of truth. Faustina desired that her children in Ghana should have these truths also. Our sisters acted, and missionaries are now teaching her beloved family. When Faustina bore testimony after the baptism, she sang a few lines of a song repeating " Jesus is Coming This Way " She said " It is my birthday, I am reborn ".
Saturday, 13 March 2010
I just took a number of photos so that you get to see your beloved missionaries. My skills at photography are not so good, but they tell me that I am improving. Top left, Elder Wells, Elder Roderick and Sisters Lelle and Simmons. They sang Behold A Royal Army. I could barely contain myself, I just wanted to march around the room with the glorious strains of gospel truth ringing in my ears.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
When I spoke to Sister Mei after her baptism she said that she would be wearing a special dress for her confirmation. She explained that her mother had sent it especially for the occasion of receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost. ( Her mother is not a member). When we all raised our hands to sustain her as a member of the church she responded with the deepest bow. She is a young woman of faith and humility and we all rejoiced with her.