Saturday, September 10, 2011

Leading out -

This week we began our first round of training with our leaders.  We had all the zone leaders, district leaders and our new trainers in the Calima, Villa Colombia, San Fernando, and Popayan Zones join us for a day and a half of training, practices, and testifying.  It was a time to help them remember what they already know and rekindle the fire and desire to go out and preach the gospel.

Our assistants - Elder Jamett & Elder Farr
What incredible examples for the missionaries and help for us!

On Friday morning all of our zone leaders arrived from all twelve zones.  Several have to travel for 10 hours by bus the prior day to be here for the Zone leader counsel.  I learned what an incredible job these young men have as zone leader.  They are running mini-missions and have the stewardship over 12 to 14 young missionaries.  They do everything from making sure visas and documentation are current, to paying utility bills, to helping missionaries with medical problems, to inspecting apartments and helping change apartments, to going on divisions, to training district leaders, to working with Stake and District presidents, to taking care of their own assigned areas.  They are incredible leaders and missionaries.  The theme of this Zone Leader Counsel was "Sí, se puede" or "Yes, we can".  They spent time as companionships praying to know those that the Lord has prepared to receive the gospel and making commitments to more urgently be about the Lord's work.
They are amazing leaders and the future Bishops and Stake Presidents of the church.

Our Zone Leaders and assistants - September 9, 2011

Did I mention that we "lead out" the day with a BIG breakfast?  and we had a break in the middle for a lunch?  It is the first time I have seen them actually leave food...we had plenty of everything and they went away having been both physically and spiritually fed!

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