Huge Growth Spurt Finally Coming to an End

25 Dec

These last six months has seen the mission go from less than 140 missionaries to about 250.  We’ve had groups of missionaries coming from the MTC as large as 34.  Previously we thought a large group was about 14 missionaries!  Everything changed when President Monson made his historic announcement.  No longer could we take a couple of vans to the airport and pick up our new missionaries.  We needed to rent the largest Airport Limosine Bus we could find.  Even with that we couldn’t get all the missionaries and their luggage on.  So the two mission vans made the trip, too.

Finally, it seems we are up to about what they said our cap would be (250).  We’ve opened about 45 new apartments, purchased 45 new refrigerators and all the stuff that goes in a new missionary apartment.  That’s a lot of chopsticks!!

We’re happy with the new ones.  They seem excited to be here and they are ready to work.  Even while “absorbing” all these new ones we’ve been blessed to see an upswing in the work.  One would expect that taking on over 100 new missionaries without any real experience and no language ability would result in a loss of productivity.  Truth is we’ve seen an increase in spite of having so many new missionaries all at once.   That’s a very good thing .  We are even more excited for the next six months or so as we get to see these new ones grow up.

The following pictures are of the groups of incoming and outgoing missionaries from the last six months.

June Returning Missionaries

June Returning Missionaries

June Arriving Missionaries

June Arriving Missionaries

Luggage Tagged and Ready to Go

The Luggage

July Returning Missionaries

July Returning Missionaries

July Arriving Missionaries

July Arriving Missionaries

August Returning Missionaries

August Returning Missionaries

August Arriving Missionaries

August Arriving Missionaries

The Luggage

The Luggage

October Returning Missionaries

October Returning Missionaries

October Arriving Missionaries

October Arriving Missionaries

The Luggage

The Luggage

November Returning Missionaries

November Returning Missionaries

November Arriving Missionaries

November Arriving Missionaries

We certainly do feel blessed.

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3 Responses to “Huge Growth Spurt Finally Coming to an End”

  1. Tracy Price December 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Thank you for the post! I have missed seeing pictures of the missionaries! It won’t be long before my son is one of the returning missionaries and I also know he isn’t looking forward to the day he leaves. He loves the work, the people and his mission Pres and his wife!

  2. pam hadfield December 25, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    WOW! Love the comparison photos. What a great experience you must be having. Merry Christmas! We look forward to your return this summer. Enjoy the rest of this amazing experience.

    Pam

  3. Sharie Giles December 28, 2013 at 5:40 am #

    Thank you for the post! What a blessing it has been to have a son serve in the Kobe Japan mission. He loves the country and the people.

    MM Jeffrey Giles 8/2013

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