Saturday, May 2, 2009

Transfers April/May 2009

We returned four great missionaries this past week. Elders Edfrennes, Cook and Fell and Sister Sadler. They came into the mission home on Thursday for interviews and dinner and departed Friday morning May 1st.We had a great dinner followed by final testimonies and dessert Thursday night.This transfer we welcomed 9 new missionaries to the Kobe Mission. 7 are from Japan, one from Australia and one from the US. This transfer increased our ratio of Japanese and Sister missionaries in the mission.
Elder Kurose celebrated his birthday here in the mission home so Sister McIntyre made him a birthday cake.The new missionaries starting with the Sisters on the front row - left to right Sister McIntyre holding Sammy, Sisters Kina, Ho, Kaneko and Yamada. Elders in the back Pres. McIntyre, Elders Emery, Uehara, Kurose, Honma and Kudo.
This is a unique group for us as we usually have more foreign missionaries and one or two from Japan. This group was the opposite. They are all extremely well prepared and excited to be here. I am confident they will have a great positive impact on the work here in the Kobe Mission. It was a good transfer week. Next transfer (mid June) will be the biggest of the year. We will return 12 and get 14 new missionaries (8 Japanese and 6 foreign).

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