Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Hasta La Vista, Mexico City! Hello, Santiago!

Elder Hale with President and Sister Barreiros
After delayed flights, suspicious credit card charges out of Luxembourg, and 36+ hours of being awake, Elder Hale finally reached Santiago!  We received a PDF of a brief, handwritten letter, transcribed below, along with several photos and a lovely note from the mission president.



Hola!

I've made it to Chile safely.  Everything is going great.

Incoming missionaries


My new area is great!  I'm outside the city in a town called Tango.  It is much poorer than the city, but it's so cool!

Sister Barreiros, Elder Goodrich, Elder Hale, and President Barreiros


My companion's name is Elder Goodrich.  He's great!  He's super obedient and a great missionary. They call him "Goodrich la Bautista!" (Goodrich the Baptist)


It will be tough to adjust to everything, but I know God is on my side.


Love and miss you,
Elder Hale



9 March 2016

Dear Brother and Sister Hale,

Sister Barreiros and I were pleased to welcome your son, Elder Hale, to one of the finest missions in the world, the Chile Santiago West Mission.  He is well and happy, and we are impressed with his enthusiasm for the work.  After greeting him at the airport and a brief tour of the beautiful city of Santiago, we arrived at our mission home. We had a delicious lunch together. Afterward, we went to the mission office which is the Stake Center of Maipú. I interviewed your son. He met his new companion, and they departed for their pension to rest from the long flight. The next day, My Assistants and office missionaries gave him a brief orientation of the mission, and he is now off to his first day of work in his new sector. 

Elder Hale has been assigned to work with Elder Goodrich, who will serve as his training companion.  Trainers are chosen for their competence, patience and dedication, and are selected after prayerful consideration.  With this letter we are including a photograph taken of your son and his new companion with Sister Barreiros and myself.

Please accept our deep appreciation for raising such a fine son.  We feel a genuine fellowship with you in supporting and providing him this opportunity to grow spiritually as he labors to bring souls unto Christ.  It is my prayer that the Lord will inspire us all to sustain him in this challenging assignment.  Please write him frequently, weekly if possible.  Express your love, support, and confidence in him.  You will witness miraculous changes in his life as he engages fully in the service of others.

Being parents ourselves, we understand your desire to occasionally send packages.  For your information, packages sent to your missionary through FedEx often require large duty fees which must be paid by the missionary.  Those sent through Global priority mail, marked missionary supplies and valued less than $100 usually arrive duty free and within 2 weeks.

If you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to write.

Sincerely, 

President Jose A. Barreiros
Chile Santiago West Mission

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