It was an absolute miracle. 70% chance rain. In Kaohsiung it was still clear. However, within a few miles of the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center, the rain started.
Getting off the bus wasn't quite the same when everyone was looking for shelter.
Still, there was an air of excitement!
As trainers and trainees reunited:
The Operations Manager and I have something in common: always checking out the photos!
My daughter and these two sisters were in the Provo MTC together:
Asian missionaries gather for a photo op:
Taiwan Taichung Mission couple missionaries:
These two missionaries will be leaving for American in less that two weeks:
Our fluent Japanese speaking elders:
From the same home ward:
We love our sisters!
Also in the Provo MTC together:
The first Amitabha Buddha, consecrated in 1981:
After the activity, we headed over to the all-you-can-eat buffet at The Harbour Restaurant in Shizhong. President greeted each missionary on their way to loading up their plates:
Always wanting to call them by name without looking at their name tags:
The highlight of the buffet was the many flavors of Haagen Dazs ice cream. This elder was super smart. He started on the Haagen Dazs first, avoiding the main course lines at the beginning and the dessert lines at the end of the two-hour dinner:)
The line's already forming:
President's counselor made all the arrangements:
I think we ate our money's worth in Haagen Dazs alone!
Fresh juice bar: banana milk, cucumber lime, watermelon...
We concluded the evening with a devotional at the Shizhong Chapel.
After the closing Christmas hymn and prayer, we were about the send our missionaries back out to the field when one of our musically talented and spirited elders started playing the mission song on the piano. It raised our spirits even higher: