We had 7 missionaries come from the Ghana MTC, and 3 come from the Provo MTC. We had orientation with them, and I keep saying, I'm amazed at the quality of young men and young women who are sent to this mission. They came on two separate days, so we trained the group of 7 on Wednesday, and sent them to their new areas, then we picked up the group of 3 elders. They came in at 10:30pm, and by the time we reached the mission home, it was midnight. We had them stay in the mission home for the night, and then had a nice breakfast in the morning before orientation.
A quick thank you to Sister Dennison. Elder Dennison met me at the airport, and immediately opened his bag and pulled out a gift from his mother. It was a wonderful surprise! So sweet! Thank you!
Just a fun reminder, we are still in Kampala. I had to snap a quick picture of the boda-boda traffic. Also, as we were coming into town, Uganda was having their own Women's March. The missionaries from Ghana were treated to a parade, with a marching band. It was really fun.
On Thursday, after orientation, we prepared a farewell dinner for those missionaries who were returning home. I had Suzan and Jackie prepare the main dishes of Pilau, beans, irish, and salad. Sister Tower brought a fruit salad, and I made some cake. The food was wonderful, and all the missionaries loved it!
Over the past couple of months, our office secretary has had some health issues. It was decided that it would be best for her to travel back home until she was able to figure out what needed to be done to be well again. It was with great love, respect, and sorrow that we bid farewell to our beloved office couple this transfer. They were only able to serve for six months, but we are so grateful for their service.
We had ten other missionaries who finished their missions this transfer. We have seen much growth in confidence, testimony, and understanding with these missionaries. They have great potential, and we pray they will always remember the things they have learned on this mission.
Mission Leadership Council with President Kamya (Kampala South Stake President)
President Collings and President Okello (Seeta Branch President and office manager)
Sister Kunene, Sister Ngulu, and Sister Randrianandrasana
Elder Essoun, and Elder Haines
Elder Duma, Elder Ntuzela, Elder Darko, and Elder Malaza
Elder LeCheminant, Elder Anderson, Elder Foster, and Elder Cook
Elder Beck, Elder Dowdle, and Elder Long
Elder Chifamba, and Elder Njezula
Elder Ercanbrack, Elder Farnsworth, Elder Grant, and Elder Hazen