This is a blog that we thought would never come but here it is. Today is our last official day as missionaries in the Odessa Area. Tomorrow morning we are leaving the mission field. It will still be several weeks before we set foot in America. We will be traveling around enjoying some places here before we return home. But today marks the day that we will start a new page in our lives.
|This is how we feel right now. Cast a drift in the sea of life|
We have been working with the Gibbons for the past 12 days and have gained a testimony that the Lord directs the work. They have come here ready to make a difference and as we watch them interact with people we know that Heavenly Father is directing the work.
|The Gibbons are going to make the YSA activities a blast|
|last district meeting|
|Out shopping for those needed items.|
I believe this is a Merse (man purse)
|The two sisters out shopping away|
|Did I mention it was hot on the buses?|
|We love the 7K Renok|
|I will miss this building I love its design!|
We had a chance to visit all the missionary apartments and church buildings, we have taken them to our favorite stores, renoks, restaurants, and even street vendors. It has been a whirlwind tour for them. Now they can settle in and focus on the work they were sent here to do.
We had another first this week. President Packer's youngest daughter, two years ago after visiting the Black Sea, announced to her family that she wanted to be baptized there.
|President Packer and his family|
|Enjoying the beach|
|What a blessing these two missionaries are to this area|
The tall one is the Branch President and the other, his first councilor
|Gathering treasures to remember her baptism.|
|Little Sophie we love you!|
|We love Kolya. He is the mission secretary and mission driver.|
He works so hard to make everyone happy!
|Sophie and her dad|
|The Gift of the Holy Ghost is a wonderful blessing in our lives.|
|This is everyone that attended the baptism all but Kolya he |
is always taking the pictures
|Only so many sea shells will fit in that bag!|
This girl is an angel! She invited me to be one of the witnesses
for her baptism. What a great honor!
|The Packer boys what strong young men they are.|
|Sister Vardanyan translated for Sister Mikkelsen. She did a|
great job. Six months ago she spoke no English.
|Some of the sisters that attended the training|
|We love the missionaries here. The office couple, the Mitchell's,|
are standing just in front of me
|missionaries leading a role play situation|
A bonus this week was having 8 of the mission couples come to our little neck of the woods to be part of the baptism. The Gibbons and we had the opportunity to take them around to some our our favorite places and enjoyed the opportunity to get to know them better. They are amazing people and are blessing the lives of so many people, especially ours.
|Couples bless the mission field|
|Our good friend Yuri from Vinnistya came and visited us in Odesa|
|The author Pushkin and company|
|Lunch time at Olios|
|On the way to the beach|
|How many missionaries can you get in one taxi? We had 8!|
|Our hearts will alway be with the people of Ukraine we love them!|
All of our love Elder and Sister Mikkelsen