Monday, November 17, 2014

From Our Home Ward in Camarillo, California to Taiwan!

On September 25, instead of arriving in Taiwan, 21 of our missionaries awaiting visas arrived in missions across the United States in California, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, and Washington. This elder ended up in the Camarillo California Sixth Ward, our home ward!!! Here he is in front of our house:
At most every dinner appointment he is invited to, when the ward members find out he is waiting his visa to serve in the Taiwan Taichung Mission, they invariably ask if he knows that President and Sister Blickenstaff were members of the Camarillo Sixth Ward!
Sitting by the statue that reminds us of our three-year-old daughter Courtney, who awaits us in heaven!
We have patience and faith that we'll see her again. 
These 21 elders and sisters had to exercise patience and faith as well, that they'd one day see Taiwan... and they're finally coming to this beautiful island on Wednesday, November 19! We can hardly wait!

It's finally time for this Taiwan bound missionary to say goodbye to Bishop Charles Parry's family. They are truly an example to the ward of being missionary-minded members! In the plaid shirt is a young man we had opportunity to teach with the missionaries several years ago. Just last month, he was baptized into the ward after faithful members and missionaries continued to help him come unto Christ! We are so happy for him:)

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