|Some of the District Leaders at Tuesday's meeting|
Last Sunday we were in the Pamplona branch and I met with the Branch President who is a man that I have talked about before on this blog. I really love him. He works 6 days a week with a small business and then has Sunday for all of his church work. I presented to him Sunday some thoughts about how to improve his MLS (membership records) information gathering and data entry by the correct use of forms. After talking to him about it, he said to me, "I can see that this is the Lord's way". I really do love this man! I find most of the Branch Presidents to be really good men but some catch the vision much quicker than others. This one is great. He just needs help because he has no time to do it all. Maybe some week I can talk about some of the things we are doing here to help these Branch Presidents collect information and get it entered.
Sister Hoopes has been very involved with helping Sister Reeder with sick missionaries this past week. There are so many problems here with so many different things. We spent a good portion of the day on Monday visiting and working with a sick missionary.
|The path to the missionaries living place. It is behind the wall|
on the left.
There is always something for us to do here. I spent the morning yesterday being trained on the Church's new program to manage vehicles. It is called CARS. I don't remember what the acronym stands for but it is a complex management system for all the vehicles. Since being assigned to be the vehicle coordinator, I have had to get much involved in knowing about and dealing with vehicle issues. Thank goodness we only have 6 vehicles to manage.
I spent time this morning in a vehicle coordination meeting with all of the office Elders who drive the vehicles. There has really been no records kept of oil changes or any maintenance on the vehicles. That all changes now as we will be maintaining records on the computer. It will require considerably more work for me but I actually enjoy it. Monday is the first of June and I will have all the reports in and start entering the data that afternoon. My big challenge will be getting access to the office computer since it is Monday and it is a big day for all the Elders to do their emails.
We are going to a baptism in Pasacao this afternoon. The Elders saw us on Thursday at their district meeting and invited us specially to come. Maybe they want Sister Hoopes to play the piano but whenever we go to these things, we are treated like royalty. I am not kidding. They act like it is some special thing to have us come. I don't understand it yet.
Until next week.
ps: I received this early this morning from Elder Watson who is from Canada and is working in the Iriga area. They have a house but have problems with power going out all the time. I thought you might enjoy his note to me.
Yesterday, after a really hot busy day we got home in the evening to no power, but that is expected, and no water. When the water did finally come on they pressured about 3 miles of line without bleeding it so when we turned on the taps we would get huge blasts of air…didn’t know that in time. I desperately needed to do one load of wash to hold us until P-day. I turned the water on manually into our washer to fill the tub and blew the hose off the faucet. Me and the room got a good soaking. I finally filled buckets in the house and dumped them into the washer tub and did the wash that way. When I see Jon Denver next I am going to sing his song about the sweet simple life down on the farm then punch him in the face! If you find this incident funny in any way we are no longer friends!!
Sorry but I did laugh a little. Just glad it isn't us out there.