Hebrews 5:8 – Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.
It has been a while since we wrote so we thought it was about time to bring everyone up to date.
The past couple of weeks have been difficult for the mission as we have had several Elders return home for Medical reasons. One had broken his leg in a bicycle accident and others needed various medical attention. Last week one of our elders, in Savannah, was hit by a utility vehicle while riding his bike and was critically injured. His condition is now listed as critical but stable. The good news is the prognosis for a complete recovery are good. Fortunately he was wearing a helmet and the cat scans show no permanent injury to his brain. Please remember him in your prayers. The work still goes strong. We had over 88 baptisms in January that received both the baptism by water (immersion) and of fire (the laying of hands by those having authority from God for the gift of the Holy Ghost.) Acts 8:12-17
Three weeks ago a new Senior Couple was assigned to the office to assist Marian and me. They are really a great couple and have brought some much appreciated assistance. They are the Veaches and they are from Lehi, Utah. Elder Veach is 82 and is the second oldest Missionary in the field. There are over 50,000 missionaries in the world, so that is quite an accomplishment. The Veaches are almost trained so we will be alternating days in the office. On the days we are not in the office, we will be out re-activating members who have become inactive. We are excited!! I’m afraid neither of us were cut out to spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk in an office. We have, however, enjoyed working with the office Elders who spend a few hours in the office every day. There are four of them and they can be quite the characters. The other day one of the office elders greeted Dale, “Hey old man”. Dale has not let him live it down, but was actually quite flattered that the Elder felt close enough to him to call him that. That is how his sons all greet him and he has a really close relationship with all his sons. He took it as a compliment. Facts are facts, truths are truths and old is old.
Time is flying by; we are one-third through our mission. We miss you all and wish you all the very best.