Hello All -
We didn't get an email from Elder Child this week because we were able to Skype with him for quite a while on Mother's Day. He seems so happy and (luckily!) healthy. He and his companion work a lot with the less active members from both of their areas and are appreciative of the help they get from the branch mission leader. Today is his 19th birthday and they went over to the nanay's house (grandmother - the same one who, a few weeks ago, gave him brownies for working in her yard more than the other elders. He says that she is his mission grandma and really loves her) for a party and dinner. He requested the recipe for Poppy Seed Chicken and was going to make that for everyone for his birthday dinner. On Monday he was able to pick up his birthday boxes from the Mission Home that we sent a few months ago. They arrived just in time and I can't wait to hear his reaction on Sunday about them. I know he will love all of the letters that some of you took the time to write to him. Thanks again!!
Transfers are next week and he said that the rumor is that he will get transferred and will be a trainer. He has been in Tolosa for the whole time he has been in the Philippines. He said that he doesn't want to train, that he just wants to be a regular missionary. He finds out on Sunday his next assignment.
He did send a few pictures, which are below. For their zone activity they went up north and crossed (half-way and back) the San Juanico Bridge. It is a 1.34 mile long bridge that connects the two large islands in his mission. The last picture is with more of the Philippine children. He said again how hard it was to not pick them up and play with them. He mentioned that it is part of the culture there to pick the kids up and throw them around and play. He said that sometimes he will wrestle around with the older children on the ground.
Brett sends his love to each of you and is so appreciative of your support. Until next week...