It is always a happy time to see new missionaries come into the Mission! With such great energy and excitement, they are a ray of sunshine waiting to get working.
We look forward to the wonderful things they will do here in the Lord's Vineyard.
Elder Mira from Alaska Elder Lusk from Virginia
Sister Gwebu from South Africa Elder Chauke from South Africa
Sister Porter from Idaho Sister Marriott from South Africa
Sister Donkoh from Ghana Sister Asemnyinah from Ghana
These two great sisters came from the Ghana MTC the following day after the first six new missionaries. Just like the other new missionaries, they arrived with lots of smiles and dimples ready to get working.
This transfer we were sad to bid farewell to these 4 wonderful missionaries. Each of them have done great work and they will surely be missed and remembered . We hope and pray that the Lord will help them adjust well as they begin their post mission life.
These two sisters have left many smiles on peoples faces here in Zambia and Malawi . They both come from the great land of Zimbabwe and are super happy to go home and witness the construction of the newly announced temple. We pray that they will be married and sealed in that great temple. Sister Moyo and Sister Motsi.
Elder Ford and Sister Andriamamonjisoa have both been great leaders in the mission. They have used their great leadership skills to bring to pass much good, They will be missed for the great lessons that they have left with us. It's always hard to watch these great leaders leave.
These were their very last moments with President and Sister Kupu. This great group is the 3rd group to be sent off by the Kupus.
It is always mixed feelings when great missionaries leave the Mission; the epitome of a "bittersweet" moment. They have contributed much to the Lord's work, but we are happy to see them move onto their next step of life. We wish them the very best in their future endeavors and in all that The Lord guides them to do.
These three sisters have done amazing work and they will surely be remembered. Sister Nkosi has returned to her family in South Africa, Sister Tuai to Utah and
Sister Zohner to Idaho.
The Pig roast has become a Mission Culture
Due to the great success of the previous departing dinner, we decided to have another "pig night" with our most recent departing missionaries. Although it takes a few hours to roast it, it was well worth the time. The missionaries all had great things to say about this wonderful meal. President Kupu and Junior Kupu took the job of roasting it, and President Kupu was the one who cut and served it.
A big thank you to Sister Kupu, who oversaw the whole dinner organization and preparation. She even prepared a traditional Tongan drink, called otai. It is basically a watermelon drink, with some added sugar to make it sweet.
And finally they made it to the airport. It was a little hard to let them go, but we are grateful for their smiles and energy all the way unto the end of their Missions.
Safe travels home!
This week all the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders were called in from the four corners of the mission for the first Mission Leadership Council (MLC) with President and Sister Kupu!
The MLC took place over a day and a half and consisted of instructions from both President and Sister Kupu, videos from their seminar with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles back in June, and break out sessions where the missionaries got to get a little creative!
"These 18 months or 2 years that you spend serving the Lord will determine the rest of your life."
Because we will be losing 5 of our current leaders, new leaders were called to attend the meeting. There was a nice mix of Zone Leaders, Sister Training Leaders, District Leaders, and Trainers at the meeting which added some great perspective.
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