Dear Friends and Family
Last week four new missionaries arrived in our mission after a two month delay caused by visa issues. During this delay they served in New York. I am not sure who was more excited that they were here; us or them! It is a pretty close call! Now that they have arrived in the mission to which they were originally called we all feel that the journey is finally beginning.
While in NY they were able to practice the concepts and skills that they were taught as they prepared; but they never felt that they were at home. Once they arrived here they instantly felt part of our family. The Mission President and his wife escorted them to their new area where they are excited to begin their service. Many opportunities are in store I am sure.
|Making my signature dish "Chicken Cacciatore"|
This week we are saying ‘good bye’ to some young men who have served diligently for two years. Although some of them are reluctant to leave, a new phase of their life is waiting at home. We will be sad to see them go as well but we know that open arms are waiting for them on the other side of the ocean.
We prepared a Farewell Dinner for our dear departing Elders.
|Everything she makes get rave reviews|
Arrivals and departures are very much a part of the mission experience. It has been nearly a year since our arrival in Eastern Europe. What an adventure it has been! We are excited to see what the next year has in store. I am sure there will be many more sweet missionaries to meet and just as many that will leave.
I am so glad for their excitement as they arrive and just as happy for their sorrow when they leave. It means that they served well and love the people that they served. They have touched the lives of many offering hope and their own lives have been touched as well.
|Table set and ready|
Someone once asked, “Although it seems to work, why do you entrust the responsibility of spreading the message of your religion to such inexperienced young men and women?” The answer may simply be, “Because it works.” As they stretch themselves to reach others with their message they are strengthened. What better way is there to strengthen the young people than during this intense time of studying, learning and teaching? We are thrilled to be part of this wonderful effort.
Elder and Sister Segeberg