Monday, March 25, 2013

it's getting better and better

Snow!

Lunch at Foyre Square

At the mission home
 hi ya familia,

you guys rock. seriously. your email this week was stellar and i loved reading about how and what you all are doing. it is so awesome to see that you all are stilling loving life and enjoying the times you have. dont let go of that precious time with eachother.. and you can fake that im there by putting up a photo of me or something cool;)

for dads questions:
oh guys it is so cold here. and to walk around in it with no winter gear is rough. it has snowed almost everyday (ok only a few days really). but it is just way different then utah snow. everyone here has a panic when it snows.. its kind of funny actually. i like it though, it reminds me of the beehive state.
yes i will send more photos. you keep sending them as well. i love to see how you are all doing! they have been working well and i love to see them.
our investigators. ok so we had lea (the ex-con) and we taught him 2 weeks ago, and since then we have not been able to get in contact with him. we have been calling and calling him, and nothing. the one time that he did answer he said he was at the hospital and quickly hung up. we arent sure what was going on, but as we have continued to try to contact him we are unsuccessful. its weird.
we have another investigator by the name of john and he is great actually. i may have talked about him last week but our lesson with him this week was so much better. we were able to get a member with us. our ward mission leader. and that went very well. he seems to enjoy when we teach him, just he has a lot of questions about adam and eve. i dont know my bible super well so this has been good for me to learn more and to use these people that know it better then we do. we had a ward activity on friday (music extravaganza) and he came! i sat by him during the performances and he seemed to really enjoy them. i introduced him to the bishop and a few others as well. so hopefully we can get him to church soon. we told him that if he comes with us we will go with him to an evening at his church.. so maybe?
another investigator we have is steph. she is one that we "share" with the elders and she has been investigating for months. without any real progression lately. she is awesome though. she plays guitar and sings and she is so good. in her own band and everything. she wants us and the elders to switch off teaching her each week. so we will see how that goes.. as one team teaches, the other team is going to read with book of mormon with her one day. so hopefully it goes well.
we found 2 LA that we have been teaching. sue(40's) and katie(17). turns out that evan coats taught them when he was here serving. what a small world! when i told sue that he married my cousin she was thrilled. so evan sue says hi and she is so excited to hear that all is well with you and that you are a dad and everything! after teaching them the other night we got a text later and it was sue. she thanked us for coming and told us that they had gotten there scriptures out of the closet and had dusted them off. they had been spending a lot of time on mormon and lds.org <http://lds.org>  and they were excited to keep going. holy cow it was awesome! i was dancing around and was so pumped! we are seeing them tomorrow and next monday having an easter fhe with them.
last monday we had a miracle as well. we had gone to find a potential that the elders had told us about, but the address we had was wrong. so we decided to knock a few doors. the first door that we knocked a women came out and started to talk with us. she is scottish and is awesome. kelly is her name. she was telling us about the deaths in her family this past bit and how she loves to help and serve people. about half way through our conversation she stopped and said. this isn't even my house, my parents live here. let me give you my address and you can come visit with me at home. golden! that was sweet. we hope to go visit her sometime today or tomorrow.
we visit so many other members and recent converts. it is awesome and they are all so friendly and welcoming. yesterday sister medvescek skyped with her family, since it is mothers day in slovenia. as she skyped at the freeman's i talked with sister freeman for awhile. she is a gem. so sweet. i was talking about the hardships and since she served a mission as did her daughter and son she was able to just be so sweet to me. i loved talking with her and hearing about her experiences and how her mission has helped her in her life, and as being a mother. i cant wait to share these expereinces i am having now with my future family as well as you guys. i love that thought of the lives and people i can help.
obedience is good. i am working so hard to be exactly obedient, but it can be a challenge with the older missionaries who have been out longer. but i am striving for exactness so hard myself.
we did see the cathedral this week. it was incredible. for dinner the other night we went to a mass like service. it was so weird and i slept through a lot of it, but it was an incredible building. we are going to go back soon and see more and take pictures because well my camera died. sorry. but when i was looking at that building that was one of the first times that i really was like.. what the, i am in england. this is not america. but it was neat to see more of the town. its pretty sweet.
we have district meeting on wednesdays and we had zone meeting two weeks ago. this week we have zone meeting and interviews and then on friday we have to go to the office for a training meeting. i love getting together with the other missionaries. plus this week i should get my mail and packages and such so im pumped!
we are working on getting more contacts. like i said it is hard with riding bikes (i dont love bikes) but i am trying to talk to as many people as i can.
ha the biggest challenge for me really is the homesickness. but it is getting better. other than that really i just have a hard time thinking of what to say when someone opens their door. it can be so awkward.. but it is funny. we had a lady laugh at me and tell me how awkward it was! loved that.
there is one member that knows dennis and rebecca funk. i dont know them? but she gave me their address. 565 s and 120e? sister m says you can send some american chocolate.. like alveys maybe? american stuff..

i cant believe all of these people are getting their calls and leaving and such! that is awesome! i am pumped for all of them. good that you went to allisons farewell i am sure she did rocking! does she leave this week? and ry dog what the? i am sure that your talk was awesome though. you are a stud. and that grandma spoke at that conference. i love hearing her talk. she is awesome! (could i get her address?) thanks! i love that quote of hers as well mack dog. i have it in my preach my gospel so that i can always remember to help others, because that is what christ would do and that is what is most important. ryan good luck this week. you are going to be aweomse. just be the bro you are. love you kid. dad and mom the ward sound awesome. you guys are the ideal ysa parents. seriously such great people! dad you still will be there until..? some of my favorite scriptures this week were from romans 8. i love reading the words of the ancient prophets as well as modern day prophets. they teach us SO much. it is really amazing. i love feeling my saviors love as i read my scriptures and pray. you guys those are the most powerful tools that we have. pray and reading. do them daily and you will be blessed. you will feel so close to your savior and grow and become more like our father in heaven.
i am not 100 percent sure who i can email, so i just email you guys. and then write to others. it is awesome to get letters though! gold. i will send you letters this week and please send some. i love hearing from you all. brev, loved the story. and mack i like this joke idea. youre a genius. keep practicing your accent.

well i love you all so much and i think you all are incredible. your testimonies and prayers help me so much. and you are in my prayers daily. thank you for all that you do. this is an incredible work to be called to do. but it is not only for missionaries. everyone should daily work to teach others and share their testimonies of the gospel. we have been blessed with something that must be shared with the world. i love this church and the growth that we receive through it. i am so grateful for my savior and this easter week remember him and take some time to reflect on the things that he has done for us.

love you all one million sweddish fish!
sister j

ps: things that i think about. maybe could you send my tan backpack. (easier on a bike). and our music is getting so old. so if you think about it could you send some cds? (nashville tribute band, hilary weeks, disney, the lower lights?) and one thing they dont have here that i miss is wheat thins.. love those. and sweddish fish. haha:) if you send something soon. thanks!
if you think about it.. how is kenzie evans? what is she up to? and i was wondering if you could ask jessica mckenna, becky mckay, and jamie thomas about their experinces? i wonder about other sisters experiences? thank you! love you!    

Monday, March 18, 2013

awesome is the word of the week

 to the best family.. eva.

this week i decided to tell you about the week and then i'll answer questions and such.

our week in lincoln was pretty good. it just is still kind of slow. trying to figure the area out and get to know the members. we had a return appointment with a women name helena who is a potential from awhile ago. she seemed interested but when we went back she didnt answer the door, and we have tried again a few times.. but still nothing. i was prompted to put a family proclamation through her mail slot.. so we will see what happens. it was a cool expereince to have.

our washing machine has had some issues working so we have the sweetest lady in the ward, sister fletcher, who did our laundry for us one day. she was so nice and it is such a blessing to have these incredible ward members. they are all studs. and studets..:)

wednesday we had a zone meeting in nottingham. one of the sisters in the ward, katie priestly, is a recently returned missionary. she served in london south and is absolutely awesome! she drove us and the elders to that meeting and stayed with us as well. they have tiny cars here so its always the elders and i smashed in the back seat, but we make it fun anyway. it was AWESOME to see scott, elder call sorry. but it was sweet! it is so nice to have a family member that i can see and talk to quite often. we call eachother a few times a week just to chat and he is so helpful to me. it is awesome. i also had the opportunity of giving a short thought on our purpose as missionaries, with a focus on inviting. that was a fun experience. you learn so much as you study each morning and get to know the lord better through that as well. our zone is awesome. we have about 20 or so missionaries in our zone. six of which are sisters. its awesome.

after we came home from that meeting sister m and i went out finding. i had wanted to tract a street, almond av. everytime we biked past it i was drawn there. (biking isnt too bad. i just wear my rain jacket and then my coat. my hood and then my helmet. with my running tights, socks, and my rain boots. dorky to the Xtreme. but its awesome. i keep warm and semi modest. the thick tights help.) anyway we were on these roads and as we were walking sister m and i, at the same time said, lets knock 59.. it was crazy. so of course we knocked. but there was no answer to our dismay. but we then wrote the first vision on a pass along card with a note and our number. who knows what will happen. but it was a neat experience. we also met a man on the road who asked. "mormons right? like donny osmond?" mom i immediately thought of you. it was awesome!

thursday we had the chance to go to newark to teach our ex-con investigator lea. it was much better lesson. a member of the bishopric brother mulliss came with us and that really helped. i was able to invite him to be baptized.. and he accepted. he also committed to come to church. but then we could never get ahold of him to have him there. we will keep working on him. but he is solid. just wants to do what is right. we also went to dinner at the richard and heather mulliss's. they are awesome. they have 5 kids. one girl and 4 boys. the oldest is 12. they are like us. and their kids and i are pals. it is so fun to go to there home and sister mulliss is awesome. she is so sweet and texted us yesterday to let us know we can call her with anything. she is like you mom. and it is so appreciated when you have great examples like that in the ward to help you. like i know you are helping those sisters. so awesome.

we found some other potentials this week and are pumped to try by them again. it is so fun to find people that are interested. we had an exchange with sisters forbes (scotland) and carson (utah). they are sweet!! it was so fun to be around other missionaries and to see how they work. it is a blessing that we have. usually sisters only do one exchange a transfer but these girls called today to tell us president said we could do one more before sister carson leaves!! we are pumped!

we have another investigator named john who knows the bible backwards and forwards. he gives us lots of grief and is hard to teach. but keeps inviting us back. we are going to take our ward mission leader with us this next time to help with that. so hopefully it will be better.

i got a ukulele!! and ryan i was wondering if you could send me some church songs that are ukulele music. i really want to learn more. yes i am going to be one of those missionaries. haha but it will be fun.

last night we ate dinner with a family, the finch's. they are awesome. they have been to utah so we talked a lot about that. and they have a daughter, chloe, who is leaving to london south in 2 months. she came our finding with us last night and it was so fun! she is going to stay with us for a week before she goes just to see what it is like. it will be awesome! she is a sweetheart.

we are excited for this week to find more of the elect that the lord is preparing for us. the ward is awesome and we are so blessed here. i love missionary work. it is hard at times and overwhelming to see the amount of people that you need to share the gospel with, but it is a very rewarding work. no matter who you help or in what way.. youare representing christ and as long as they see that good example and see that light you exude.. you will be helping advance his work. i love it.

ryan sounds like track is great. please send some post. i cant wait. to hear about you bro. dak and brev. send a letter please! i hope brev is better and mac awesome with vball. you rock babe. i got a birthday card this week from the tuellers. they are so sweet! i will get a letter to them soon, but thank them for me! mom did you chat with edog this week at all? what a stud.

that is awesome for brenna and t whit. i cant wait for them. that is sweet. tell them congrats for me and to prepare hard! they will be awesome!!:) mom i love that you helped those sweet sisters. i am sure that they were so grateful for your help and service and friendship. i love that you are helping them. keep it up. feed them. its awesome. but not to much. missionaries really cant eat that much. how big is their area do you know?

yes i would love to receive 30 minute work outs. all i have been doing is sit ups and push ups. its rough.. i cant get chubby.. also if you could send some ensigns? we have none except the one ryan gave me. and my recipe book. i forgot that. just in the next thing you send will be fine. dad or ry. i am interested in the news and what is going on with nuclear situations? i have heard bits and pieces. but i am curious. and i have an idea where if you wanted to send me the weekly weather for here thatd be sweet. yes i am a nerd and i miss the newspaper.
aweome for karli and zach!! i am so excited for them!! that is seriously so great!

1. food. we eat yogurt and bread and ceral. we dont cook much because there isnt much time. i have had some egg burritos. love those. but we are fed maybe 3 times a week.
2. biking is good.. just funny and slightly imodest.
3. i cant wait for it to be warm and sunny. it is to hard to wear a coat and gloves and hat. and to be outside all the time its cold. its to cloudy to. i cant wait for sun.
4. scott is awesome. love to see him. he is a bro. our elders love him. they are hopeing to come up here next pday. itd be sweet.
5. shoes are good. my boots have a crack. thank you super glue. i'll get some more today maybe,
6. there are only 3 sister areas that have a car.. so most likely not. but i would love if we could. we could go to a lot more places.
7. there are 30ish sisters now and we get 8 or 9 this next transfer and the same for the next. it is growing.
8. our typical day is 6:30ish (i always feel bad even if i am a few minutes late) wake up. go do some push ups and sits ups.. shower get ready. 8-11 study. and then we head out to visit members, find, potentials, really all sorts of stuff. i cant even remember what we did that day sometimes. it all jumbles together.
9. i dont know much history of lincoln yet sorry. there is a musem.. and i am pumped to go. and a huge cathedral and a castle!!
10. we see the elders almost everyday, or call them a few times a day. they really are awesome. just  couple of goof balls its sweet! the dl and zl just once a week. we call though the dl everyday. elder rowe. he is a bro. but our zl's are awesome.


i seriously love you all so much! i miss you everyday but look forward to your letters and emails. letters dont come often.. but send them to lincoln. i want to hear from you. they are like gold. tell people to write.. haha:) they take about 4 days to get here.
 
 but this church is true. we have an icredible work to do not only as missionaries, but as members. never forget to be a positive and happy example. happiness is the only thing that grows as it is shared. i love you and cant wait to hear from you!
 
love, seester j

 Here are some photos she sent.....

                                        a village called wellingore


                                               their first floggage (whatever that is....)


                                                            on exchange

 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

first full week in Lincoln

She is getting her wish to ride a bike:)  I think she may rethink that desire shortly!.....

 familia!

ok so basically monday is the best day of the week because i get to hear from all of you. this is what missionaries, especially me, live for. i love to hear about what you are doing and loving.
brevalina: you finished the 5th harry potter!!! what the genius? that is awesome dude! are you loving the next one? that is super impressive. tell me about your dreams and your favorite part of the week!
kenken: whoop whoop for winning church ball! that is pretty sweet, i am impressed. and this week you have volleyball.. bump set spike it baby! how is school and math? i want to hear about it. and yes i would love a real letter.
rossco: thank you for the post about nothing... how is track? girls? you are almost 16. what do you want from england? good luck being a munchkin.
dani and ben: thank you for your email. i will get back to you guys soon. love you both and am so grateful for your love. tell tanner congrats! that is awesome! and allison good luck! she will do incredible! i am excited for her! do you know is tory whitaker got her call? and if liza is engaged?
kace: read email..:)
dads ?'s:
1. our church is super close to our flat. just about a five minute walk which is awesome for us.
2. it is an apt building. it is red and right next to a chinese restaurant.. if that helps at all.
3. for now i am borrowing one of the elders bikes, elder taylor from idaho, because they use the bus. but i did get a blow dryer. and a straightener. but even if i do my hair.. the humidity makes it hermionie grangerish..
4. the ward here is awesome. we have about 150 active members, but so spread out. it is nothing like utah. so it can be hard to get to everyone or to get everyone there. but we are able to visit with a lot of the members. one of my favorite families are the freeman's. sister freeman is the relief society president and brother freeman is a ward missionary. they both served missions. sister to canada and brother to ogden ut! their daughter also served in temple square. and their son matt just came home 8 months ago from london south and he is the ward mission leader. the ward missionaries are awesome! super focused and want to help and do word. they are great helps as well as great friends.
5. we have taught one lesson to a man named lea. he was a referral from headquarters who wanted a 'finding faith in christ dvd.' he just was released from prision and is really interested in the church. he read part of the book of mormon while in prison and was interested. that lesson was hard though because he is living on the street right now and brought  friend along that was rude the whole time. he was very irreverent and disrespectful. that was hard. but we are teaching him again this week. he lives in a town called newark-on-trent. which is a thirty minute bike ride and then a thirty minute train ride away.
6. the food is pretty good. just like america but without the salt that we use. we dont get very many da's. so we eat sandwiches and yogurt. and they have this stuff here that comes in a yogurt tin that is rice pudding! i love that!! they have a bunch of different flavors too.
7. i have no clue about the ocean. i want to see it though. i think it is in the boston area. which is where the dl are.
8. the elders live in town center. so they take that and all of the villages above town. then we have from birchwood into the lower villages. everything is really spread out so it is hard to go everywhere. but we get a lot of bike riding in.
9. we do write weekly letters to president. i will be sure to tell him the good and the bad. because that is what a mission is. a lot of good, followed by challenges. but it always comes around and we are helped and loved.
10. i haven't gotten a coat or shoes yet, just a helmet and bike lock. but hopefully i will this week because we got some snow this morning and it is rather cold. but it'll be good. thank you. if you come to england i would love that. you have no idea how i just crave a family hug.

mom: i agree. i am so ready for spring too. it is so cold to ride a bike around in the snow and rain and in a coat and all that good stuff. but hey at least i get exercise right? it would be nice to have a car because the area is so big, but we get around. and freeze. that is awesome to have sisters in the area. they will be so grateful that you are driving them. what an awesome mom i have and i can share with them because sometimes you just need a mom. especially when yours is halfway across the world. i really miss you, and need a mom hug at times. so that is really challenging.
i love that you talk with all of those fun people and get to tell them hello for me. about letters. you can definitely send those to our flat, it actually would be better because then we get them quicker. and then packages to the mission office. thank you for the packages that you send. i cant wait to get them.
i am sure that meghan did so awesome in her talk. she is going to rock. if you can get me her adress that would be great! i love that story that she shared. that reminds me of something that ethan shared with me the first week i was here. and that is something that i have desired for since i have been here. but i know that you all are there and love me. thank you for all of your support.
isaac reese. what a stud. he is going to do so awesome! thanks for the update on him.
and so cool that you and mac could do that family history together. i love that. keep working hard at it and sharing your knowledge. you are an incredible mother and i am so blessed to have you in my life. thank you! and for all of your uplifting quotes and thoughts. this really has been the hardest think i have ever done, especially being away from family. but to know what great support i have in family and friends helps so much. i am beyond blessed.
this church is true and i am so grateful for the opportunity that i have to be a representative of it. and to learn and grow close to my heavenly father. it is really hard, no one prepares you for the emotions. but i think of a quote that was said the other day in ward mission training. "what christ did was hard, but he did it because he loves us. if he could do it, we can do it. how else can we represent him?" i know that i have christ on my side. he is my constant guide and help. and through your prayers and love his presence grows stronger to help lift me. especially at my lowest times. i love Him and am so grateful for Him. the book of mormon is incredible. read it everyday. (ryan how is the 30 day reading?) thank you so much for all you do for me and the love that you show me daily. i am so blessed. i love you all more then you know!

love, seester j

Monday, March 4, 2013

the real deal

J's first email in the "field".  She may look at her time in the EMTC as a bit of a mini-vacation at about this point in the experience:)  Great to hear from her as always!  It is amazing the amount of prayers you can offer up on behalf of a child in the span of a day!!  What a blessing!

 hey you kids,

it was so so good to hear from you today. it really made my whole week. and it is for sure something that you really look forward to as a missionary. especially in your first few days.. because wow. this is so different.
ok so on saturday morning we got up at 5:00 and had to leave the emtc by 6:30. myself, along with about 12 other missionaries got on a bus and drove two hours to sutton to the mission home. when we got there we were greeted by the ap's and president and sister rasmussen. they are so very nice. such a sweet couple. we had interviews and then sat chatting and i did get the valentines package while i was there so thank you! we then met with all of the missionaries and trainers where it was then decided where you would go and who you would serve with. i was assigned to the lincoln area with my trainer sister medvesck. she is from slovenia. and she is so nice. she actually reminds me a lot of taren. we are opening up the area for sisters. there are currently two elders here. elder taylor from idaho falls has been out a year this month, and elder watt from scotland has been out 7 and a half months. they are studs. since we are the new sisters they had to set up a whole new flat for us. so they spent saturday getting everything set up for us. which was so nice. we dont have beds.. just matresses.. or a mirror. so i sit on the floor in front of the oven door (its reflective) to get ready in the morning. i have also yet to get a blowdryer or straightner. so you can imagine how i look everyday..
that first night we did street contact a bit and got one potential. it is hard though because neither of us know the area and i dont have a bike yet. so maybe could you make sure i have enough in my account for that? just within the next week or so? thank you!
the ward here is incredible. they are so excited to finally have sisters in the area. and so many of the women and young women are already excited about going out to help us contact and find. the ward mission leader and missionaries are incredible. they are so willing to help and they have loads of ideas. it really is so awesome. we were very blessed because yesterday while we were at church, one of the girls in the ward (she is 15) has a "friend" who is interested in the church. he has come a few times with her and asked us if we could teach him this week. so that was sweet. we have a lesson with him tomorrow. i am really excited, but so nervous as well.
last night we, along with the elders, went over to the williams house to eat dinner. and wow.. they really do feed you so much and you have to eat it all. it was delicious but so much food.
mom.. we have yet to exercise here. this morning i got up at 6:30 while sister m was asleep a little longer.. so i just did some push ups and sit ups and lunges and such for awhile.. but i need to run. i am going to get chubby.. ha but she did tell me that every companion she has had, lost weight. so thats good.
great thing on saturday was that scott called me that night. it was so great. and i really cant wait to see him, because we are in the same zone. it will be awesome.
it is pretty cold here. the other day i wore socks under my tights.. super cute right?
i am pretty sure that i can only email you guys. i did shoot gma and gpa an email because they had sent me one, but here is the address to our flat.. Apartment 5, 64 birchwood avenue, lincoln, lincolshire, ln6 06d. so either send letters there or to the mission home. either would be great.
i cant believe that about the boys basketball team. that is so awesome!! ryguy will you tell them congrats for me, that is so incredible!! thank you for all of your notes and letters because it seriously helps so much. i love hearing about it all and about how you are doing. it makes my whole week.
mac dog good job on your volleyball tourney. that is great! and brevelina i am so impressed with your reading of harry potter. i think its the bomb dot com. keep reading. i tell everyone how awesome you all are. rossco keep being a bro because i think you are great.
i love you all and cant wait to hear from you again. thanks for all of your love and support and the support of everyone around. i am so blessed. and mom i love the spiritual thoughts. thank you for all you do for me! i sent you some letters last week so hopefully they come soon.

love,
sister j egbert +-

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lincoln

We received a wonderful email yesterday from Sister Rasmussen, the mission president's wife.....

Brother and Sister Egbert,

Your daughter has arrived safely at the Mission office.
She has been assigned to serve in Lincoln with
Sister Medvescek. 

She is an outstanding Sister Missionary and
she has come to the mission well prepared.

We are blessed to be serving with her.

President and Sister Rasmussen

When we arrived home we also had a voice mail waiting for us from Sister Rasmussen.  She told us that J had been assigned to serve in Lincoln.  Lincoln is towards the east coast of England.  This area has not had sister missionaries before. J and her companion, Sister Medvescek, will be the first sisters there.  Pretty cool!  Also, she informed us that her cousin, Elder Call, is in the same zone so they should be able to see each other at zone activities.  That was welcome news as well.  Patti had already told us that might be the situation. We are excited to get her email tomorrow and hear all about it!!!

Sis. Rasmussen also sent a photo of J and Pres. and Sis. Rasmussen.

Friday, March 1, 2013

more EMTC pics

New pictures showed up yesterday in the google album that Sis. Durkin from the MTC posts.  It is so awesome to be able to see J in action and smiling and enjoying the mission experience so far.  Some of the photos were from a church history tour they took to Downham parish. They saw where President Hinckley lived when he was serving in England and also the square where the first missionaries preached in 1837.  Patti gave us most of this information.  Thank goodness for a wonderful BirmingMum!!!


          All of the EMTC missionaries and MTC Presidency


                     Sister J and Sister Koons


                      Heading out on the tour....


                        EMTC missionaries


                   All of the sister missionaries


                          EMTC missionaries


                           The tri-panionship


                         with Sister Koons




                          on tour




maybe two weeks 24/7 is a little too much togetherness time?....


                 Some pretty awesome missionaries!!!



We are so very grateful to Sister Durkin for putting these photos in an album online.  What a blessing to see proof of J and her excitement for the mission!!!

We got a brief email this morning from J letting us know that she will be boarding a bus with 15 other missionaries from the EMTC and traveling to Birmingham to the mission home.  They will leave tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 6:45 a.m.  She hopes to be able to email us again on Monday and let us know where she will be serving for at least the next six weeks.  Exciting stuff!!!!