We attended our first weekly District meeting with the missionaries this morning. We heard from each pair the progress they are making with their investigators and success with members. They also reviewed a map of St Martin and outlined the areas each missionary pair should be working in (I guess there has been some confusion about the matter). The District leader handled it very professionally and clarity.
They gave time for each of the two missionaries who are leaving due to transfers, to bear their testimony and tell about what they have learned while working on the island.
They also gave a few minutes for Terri and I to introduce ourselves and bear our testimonies. Next week the Thompsons will be given time to bear farewell testimonies.
After the meeting we traveled with the Thompsons to Maho beach (where the planes land) and a restaurant called Sunset Beach, to eat lunch and see the big planes come in with all the people on the beach waiting underneath! It was quite a site.
After lunch we ran some errands so that we would know where the bank, pharmacy, hospital, etc., are located. Tonight we went back to our condo and cooked home-made tacos, then spent some time on the computer with taxes and other stuff.
Here are some pics of the island, as we drove around on errands:
We are excited about working with the missionaries here. They seem to be great missionaries who work hard and have the spirit. They have a number of baptisms scheduled and quite a few investigators. We assured them that we were here to aid them in their work.
Tomorrow we continue to be tutored by the Thompsons about our responsibilities here, and shown around the island. Thursday we inspect all of the missionary apartments. So it will be a busy week. I just hope we can remember everything once the Thompsons leave!
One great perk on the island: most banks and offices have ‘senior citizen’ lines—special lines just for seniors (over 60 yrs old), that are much shorter and quicker to get through! The bank lines were really long (20+ people with just a couple of tellers), yet we only had to wait a few minutes! See, there are benefits to being old!