Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Jacob Kalio & Sam Hadley leave for their missions

      The day finally arrived, Jacob and Sam have been waiting for 3 1/2 months to go on their missions, and the day finally came.
     Jacob and all the Kalio's came to our apartment at 10:30 to pick up Jacob's suit and suitcase, and so Jacob could change.  Our apartment was full, I think half of the Sapwalap Branch came to help Jacob.
   then off to the airport to get checked in and meet up with Sam.  It finally hit me, we will not see any of these amazing young men and women come home in 2 years, in fact, Sis Chandler was having me show her the ropes for explaining to Jacob all about flying, and what he would need to do at each airport along the way.  As we worked together, she ask me, now who will we need to get off first after you leave, and I started to cry, I realized we would not be the one's to get Kenio, Mary, Tasha, Jason, or any of the others off that are now either waiting to leave, or we are working on papers with.  But we will be home to meet them on the other end, what a blessing that will be.
     So as these next 8 leave, we will show  the Chandlers the ropes, and as we finish paperwork with the one's we are working with now, we will help Chandlers to know what to do, and then we will give them a list of all the Young Adults who will be able to get papers in in the spring and we will turn it over to the Chandlers. They will do a great job, and what a blessing for the young adults to get to work with them. They are a gift to the Island. We are grateful everyday for them leaving their family and coming out here to serve the Lord. They are great workers and have great testimonies.
     So 2 more have now left to be in the service of God. May the Lord bless and keep them and return them safely in home in 2 years to their families.
The Kalio's and Sapwalap members arrive at our apartment to help Jacob get ready

I don't know if we could have fit very many more

Layven helps Jacob, Layven leaves in 2 weeks
Now let me share the tender mercies that have happened for every one of the kids leaving the Island for missions. Only a very few, have ever left the Island before. So all are very nervous. But the Lord in His mercy and love for these missionaries, has, so far, always paired them up to leave with someone who has flown before, or speaks and understands English. this also was the case with Jacob.  Jacob speaks and understands a little English, a very little, but Sam on the other hand is fluent in English. So the Lord sent them together on the first leg of the journey, so Sam could teach Jacob what to do when he flew to Salt Lake alone. It happened with Megan and Irene, Melven and Meerleen,  Cynthia flew with us to Guam, so we could show her what to do when she flew alone to Salt Lake. It will happen again with Steven and Wilson at the end of October, It happens in 2 weeks, with Layven, Leevaughn and Demi, M J & Jeanette will fly to Guam with us, when we return home. It even happens with Kenio, the weekend he fly's to Guam he will fly with Pres. and Sis Kalio, as they go the District leaders conference. The Lord knows what each of these amazing men and women need and he provides the help for them. What a tender mercy. I am so grateful for HIS love for each of us.
Jefferson had to try on some stuff, he will put in his
papers in the spring

Lots of slippers

Man these sock feel weird

Dressed and ready to go to the airport

At the Airport, more people come to see them off,
Jacob and Nayleen

Jacob & Sam, a little nervous , but so glad to be traveling
together, at least as far as Guam. Then Sam heads off
to the MTC in the Philippines

Sam & M J ,  MJ leaves for Guam the same day we do, Saturday, Nov. 30

The Hadleys, with Sis Chandler and I, time to pass the baton

Us and Sam & Jacob

All the crew from Sapwalap, 1 returned missionary in the bunch, 3 leave in the next
2 weeks, and the rest fill out their papers, this spring. Sapwalap is going
to be a very blessed branch, when all these kids go. 

Old couple, New couple and Sam,
Passing the baton

The whole Hadley clan, Sam left today, M. J. leaves in Dec., Tasha is filling
out papers, and Ellie will ( I am sure) in a few years, that does not even count
all the young kids

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