Change week started with a bang as we were invited to an “Asada” by our zone, the Este Zone on Monday. They asked me if I would help cook. Let’s see fire, smoke, cooking, that sounds like a scout trip so I’m in. The picture of the Asada or barbecue was taken at the asada stand at the Malvin Church. These little houses are everywhere and are really handy because the fire is up so you don’t have to lean over to tend it. While I was building the fire I sure wished I had my good pocket knife and hatchet. There was plenty of meat and it turned out real well. The missionaries had fun and so did we.
Tuesday is the day the new missionaries come in. Typically they arrive from Buenos Aires about 10:30 A.M. This time we had missionaries coming from the MTCs from Buenos Aires, Sao Pablo, Bogata and Mexico City. The first ones were scheduled to arrive at 11:30 A.M. Sister Wankier and I got to the airport about 11:00 A.M. As we walked up to the front door, two Elders were standing outside looking around. They took us to the rest of the group. Their flight got in early and they were already out looking for us. As we were the first ones there we pulled them off to the side and took them all for lunch at McDonalds. Over the next two hours, the other three flights came in and we were able to gather them all up and take them to the mission home.
Things went pretty smooth after that. On Wednesday Sister Wankier helped cook breakfast for the new missionaries and their trainers. In the afternoon she helped cook dinner for 22 missionaries going home. It was quite a big project with so many missionaries. Thursday was flight day. We had missionaries leaving from about midnight until the middle of the day. There was a fog that caused delays in the flights. It turns out the early morning flights were about three hours late and the middle of the day flights were about four hours late. One of the sisters heading to Paraguay had to wait and go home on Friday because her flight was canceled.
Friday we spent the day working in the office and then went to the ward dance at night. There wasn’t much dancing but there was a lot of visiting and eating. That’s my kind of dance. They did have a couple in the ward do a folk dance that was real neat. The highlight of the night for us was when the missionaries sang some songs. After they sang a couple of songs, Elder Peterson played a couple of pieces on the piano. He is a tremendous pianist. Just off the cuff he played two really special songs that were incredibly difficult. It makes us feel so good to see the missionaries do so well.
Gordon and Renee