Friday, August 13, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Today wasn’t a good day for Elder Bates. He was in an accident while driving the AP’s pickup. I haven’t gotten all of the details yet but he rear-ended the car in front of him. The pickup is still drivable but just barely. He and Elder Keys have already taken it down to Centro de Servicios where Hno. Angel Cordero will oversee the repairs.

One thing about driving here in the capital is that almost all accidents don’t have injuries. The reason is the congestion and terrible road conditions prevent a car from going very fast. Most accidents are just fender benders (like Elder Bates’ today) and driver and passengers walk away unhurt.

Yesterday and today Elder Thorup and his companion Elder Ortiz along with two other Elders from the La Paz Area, Elder Akana and his trainee Elder Robertson have been at the Mission President’s home cleaning out old storage rooms. It’s been dirty and dusty work but they’ve done a great job. They’ve been throwing away tons of old junk that has no hope of ever being used.

The purpose behind the clean up at the Mission Home is to make room for a lot of the stored refrigerators, washers, stoves, etc. that are occupying space on the back porch and in the back yard of the Mission Office. The Mission Office is getting a good cleaning because the Area President, Pres. Viñas, will be here in two weeks to tour the whole mission. He will be holding conferences, conducting seminars and interviewing missionaries. The whole mission is getting a sprucing up in preparation for his visit.

Today just before noon I had to make a special trip downtown to the bus depot for “Caribe Tours”. Elder Batista one of the office Elders needed to send his passport home to his mother in Santiago. “Caribe Tours is the biggest bus line in the DR and they are a quick and reliable way to ship small packages town to town on the island. The package I shopped for Elder Batista today only cost $60.00DRpesos or about $1.60USD.

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