Monday, March 4, 2013

Strike two...but who's counting?

If the coffee growers strike wasn't enough to keep us guessing,
now the truckers have gone on strike.
Strike two...
The road in and out of Buenaventura is now blocked.
The miracle was that we went to 
Buenaventura this weekend
 for training and the first Buenaventura Branch Conference.

On the way there we experienced a roadside car wash...don't ask!
 Arriving at the chapel we were greeted by Over, the Elder's Quorum President
Traveling with us from Cali were Sister Trochez, Pres Trochez, Pres Rincon, and Amy Carolina

We found the missionaries and members happy and well.
Elders Chase, Hogan, Matos, Wilcox, Aldunate, y Fa├║ndez
 With Hermana Rodriguez...the mission mom of Buenaventura!
 We imagine this is what Elder Matos looked like when he was younger...his look alike!
 A little rain...always a little rain in Buenaventura!

 A Relief Society Birthday Celebration for those who had birthdays in Jan and Feb...
Elder Chase had his birthday on Sunday, March he was included in cutting the cake!!

 We love these faithful members...there were 124 in attendance at our conference.
This branch was created only about 8 months ago!

So grateful for the help of President and Sister Trochez!
(counselor in the Cali mission presidency)

We left after meetings Sunday and arrived back in Cali
 before the road was blocked.

There is always something beautiful to see on the roadsides in Cali!

The strikes in Cali may slow down the traffic, but...
"....the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent
'til it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, 
swept every country, and sounded in every ear
'til the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the 
Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

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