Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Email from the Mission President - a few weeks late

Yesterday we received a letter from the mission president and his wife informing us that our son made it safely to Ecuador.  (Oh I am so glad.) It is a very nice gesture to connect with the missionary's family, its just kind of funny that we got it three weeks after he arrived there.  (oh the letter came through email and not snail mail.)
Dear Family of Elder Luke,               
We are so happy to have your son, Elder Luke, in the Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission.  Please know that he arrived safely and is now with his trainer in his assigned area. We are so grateful that your son was chosen to serve with us in this mission at this time.  We know he will be a great asset to the work of the Lord in this part of His vineyard.  
Thank you for the sacrifice, hard work, teaching and training that you have provided to your son throughout his life that makes it possible for him to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church with the marvelous people of Ecuador.  Please continue to encourage him, and remember that positive and uplifting messages from home reassure all missionaries that the Lord is blessing those they left behind.  Missionaries always look forward to news from home, including messages of faith, uplifting experiences, and positive thoughts, which strengthen and encourage them.  Such messages help them successfully confront the challenges of each day and enable them to keep focused on their missionary work and not worry about their families.  Your son will be able to e-mail you each Monday and we know he will look forward to weekly e-mails from home.
You may see pictures and read bits of information about what is happening in our mission at www.guayaquilwestmission.blogspot.com.  Please be patient with us.  Beginning a new mission is very time-consuming and so for a time it might take awhile to get the blog up to date.  To send letters and packages the address is: Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission; Casilla de Correo 09-04-206; Guayaquil, Guayas; Ecuador.  Be sure any packages you send weigh less than four pounds and use the green mailing sticker (instead of the white one) to avoid customs charges here. 
We also are putting in place a Facebook group where you will be able to see pictures of the mission, although only our returned missionaries can join the group. The purpose of the blog is for our returned missionaries to be able to stay in contact with and strengthen each other after their missions. The link is on the right-hand side of our blog.  
We pray the richest blessings of the Lord will be with you, your family, and your son as he serves diligently here with us.  Thank you for all the love and support you will give your son as he serves this mission. We know the Lord will bless you greatly for that and for the service your son will render to His children here in Ecuador. We are very grateful for the privilege of serving the Lord with him.
Pres. Jorge Dennis
Sis. Anette Dennis
Ecuador Guayaquil West Mission
(The Best Mission on Earth!)
Can you spot Elder Luke?  Is he standing on his tip toes?

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