We started our week with one of my favorite activities. I got to go to the Mission Home on Monday to help prepare dinner for 20 new missionaries who arrived that afternoon. It is always so fun to see them as they arrive tired but excited to finally be in the mission field.
One of the Elders is originally from Qing Dao in China so it was especially fun to meet him and reminisce a little bit. He left China when he was 18 and his family now lives here in the States.
Tuesday was Orientation and Training for the newbies and that is always a busy but enjoyable experience. We travel to Greentree for a morning of instruction followed by a great lunch, which I end up helping with, a little more training and then there is an influx of other missionaries as they all meet at that chapel to meet up with new companions and head for new areas. It is transfer time!
We have a Senior Couple who had to leave after only two months because of a medical emergency in the family. We told them not to worry about cleaning their apartment and so Wayne and I headed for Meadville on Friday to clean and get things ready for our Move Crew to go and load up all the furniture and household goods. I wish I had taken pictures. They lived in a very old home that had been converted into apartments. There were very high ceilings and all the doorways were arched. The doors looked so neat. There were about 3 fireplaces in there. It was a very interesting place.
Just off the highway in Meadville there is a Dept of Transportation service yard with a lot of very interesting art work. "Read Between the Signs" is one of them. There also is a continuous mural made out of old recycled road signs. There were huge flowers that were amazing. All of it made from used road signs - pretty clever and spectacular.
Our mission is an iPad mission and usually the new missionaries receive their devices as soon as they arrive. This time there was a hangup on the delivery and so they did not arrive until the day after transfers and all the new missionaries were now scattered all over Pennsylvania. Since we were going to Meadville we decided that we would deliver the iPads to as many as we could. We took 4 into Pittsburgh on our way to Meadville. We took one to a missionary who lives next door to the apartment we were cleaning and since we had gone so far already Wayne decided to drive up to Erie to take one to a new Sister up there.
Jedi Princess. Alec had fun twirling in the dress all night.
Today we shipped off 4 more iPads and then Wayne drove several hours in the opposite direction as we had gone on Friday and delivered 3 others. At least the weather was nice today and he had a nice drive while I stayed in the office and worked.