This week we traveled to Barbados to attend a ‘Senior’s Conference’ where all the senior missionaries in the mission came together for training, and to share information with each other, and to get to know each other (since most of us live on separate islands and never actually see each other!), and to have some ‘down time.’
It was a great experience. We arrived late on Monday and were taken to the Mission Home for dinner (we had never seen the mission home before, just the office). We stayed at a local hotel close to the mission home with most of the other senior missionaries.
On Tues we went to the mission home for training and participated in some panel discussions about problems and concerns we faced in the mission, and in our specific callings. That afternoon we went to visit a house where George Washington slept… sounds kind of weird, but it was actually interesting! That night we all went out to dinner at a fabulous restaurant, and celebrated Sister Richmond’s b-day.
Group shot at George Washington’s house in Barbados. From left to right:
Sister and Elder Goddard, Terri, Elder Monk, Sister and Elder Richmond, Kevan, Sister and Elder Turner, Sister and Elder Horne, Sister Monk, Sister & Pres. Herrington
Group shot at the animal reserve we went to on Weds afternoon. Back row L to R:
Elder and Sister Horne, Pres Eclair (counselor in the Mission Presidency), Kevan & Terri, Elder & Sister Turner (our main office couple), Sister Richmond, Sister & Elder Monk, Sister Herrington. Down in front: Sister & Elder Goddard, Elder Richmond, Pres Herrington
Terri and I at a secluded area in the animal park
Group shot at the mission home: Top to bottom: Elder & Sister Goddard, Sister & Elder Horne, Sister & Elder Turner, Terri, Pres Eclair, Kevan, Sister & Elder Richmond, Sister & Elder Monk, Sister & Pres Herrington
View from our hotel room– not bad, eh?
Breakfast at the hotel before going tot he mission home Mission home Terri relaxing out by the pool before our meetings start The Assistents to the President working hard… (Elder Broadbent & Cox)
Sister Richmond receiving a birthday cake (one of several times we sang happy birthday!) Terri taking a break…by talking on the phone to sick missionaries! She was on the phone most of the time… Here starts a small tour of the house where George Washington slept (it wasn’t his home, just a home he stayed at for a couple of months…). It is their claim on Barbados that this two months were formative for George: he learned his farming here, he made his decision to join the military, and he had smallpox–which later saved his life, as he was forever immune from the disease, and when it went through the ranks of the Colonial army during the Revolutionary war, it saved his life. This is the house Wasn’t it tough to live back in the late 1700s? Georges room His brother’s room (they came to Barbados to try to heal his brother, but he died anyway) The one real piece of original wood in the home….
The colonial kitchen of the time
This thing is great! Any idea what it is? It is a water filter system. The three stone containers are made out of porous limestone. You filled the top stone with water, then it dripped through the stone to the next container, and then the next. By the time it got down to the bottom, it was clean water. It is the reason water on Barbados is so good: they have natural limestone that filters their water here (the same was true on Tinian)
Terri taking a moment after a long day of phone calls Sister Turner by the cannon They had underground tunnels to be able to move between buildings This is our hotel Some pics of our dinner out on Tuesday. Weds we ate at the mission home Sister Richmond and her birthday candle more pics of the mission home. It is 5,000 SF, has a pool and lots of room
Here are some pics of the animal park we went to Weds afternoon. There were hundreds of turtles, monkeys, deer, etc.
feeding time at the park The Turners by the ‘love birds’ cage Richmonds and Pres Eclair
Pres & Sister Herrington and the Richmonds
The Monks The Herringtons The Clawsons
The Hornes The Turners The Richmonds The Goddards The Monks A few street scenes of Barbados On the way back from the animal park we all stopped at a beach for a short walk Getting ready for dinner Weds night. After dinner we held a testimony meeting. It was quite powerful, as many (actually all but Terri and I) couples will be going home soon! By March Terri and I will be the oldest couple, as all the others will have gone home… We do have other couples coming, but not enough! Know anyone? We flew home on Thursday and got in late. We went to Correlation Meeting at 6pm, then headed back out to the airport to pick-up our two sisters who were coming back from training with the Sister Training Leaders.
The next morning I went on my normal morning walk–it was a beautiful day, and we are beginning to see a lot of large boats coming in for the holidays! While in Barbados we had the opportunity to see Sister Robinson and her new companion Sister Knudsen. We were able to eat breakfast with them before we left, and talk to them about Barbados and their work there.
It is good to be ‘home’ in St Martin! Tonight Terri teaches Seminary, and Saturday we have two baptisms. We have to get back to work!