One of the constants in any mission throughout the world is saying goodbye. It is much more difficult now we know some of the missionaries better.
Elders Palelei and Faalelei are from Sydney. When their visas did not come, they were assigned to visa wait right here in the Sydney South Mission, close to their homes! They are cousins and are happy, optimistic missionaries. Their visas arrived and they are now serving in Papa New Guinea.
There were so many at our last dinner for leaving missionaries, we hardly even said goodbye. When the missionaries arrive, Sister Tolman and I are focusing on the dinner. Right after the testimony meeting, everyone is weighing luggage and organizing it according to flight times. Elders Tolman and Kinghorn are anxious to leave because they get up really early the next day to leave for the airport.
We did get to say goodbye to Elder Yim and Elder Cheung at our Bankstown Branch meal after church.
Sister N from Vanuatu left later than everyone else, so she came into the office to say goodbye.