Yes, we are now in Larnaca and loving it. After multiple trips back and forth daily we are now pretty much here except for a trip back once or twice a week to handle some finances for the mission in Nicosia.
A few things we have noticed is that the humidity is a lot higher here on the coast. Sometimes things don't even get dry after being hung out all day. This will take some planning and adjusting. WE have been combining our apartment things with those of the previous couple(s) - (we had to shut down our apartment in Nicosia). So we have a lot of duplicates PLUS the fact that 5-6 other senior couples have lived in this apartment and they all collected A LOT of stuff. We are going through everything and purging what is way out of date, no longer useful or just plain not necessary. We have multiple outdated manuals, instruction booklets, etc. It is a long process.
We have been walking down on the waterfront each morning and loving it! They have set up some small exercise stations that Bill does and I take off and head down the coast for 1.5 miles and then turn around and come back. The weather is beautiful and the scenery every better.
The sunrise that greets us each morning. We are about a 15 minute walk away.
Lots of hotels and they just announced we are getting six more.
One of the local mosques.
Looking down the street at Lazarus's church.
We are trying to find out where to shop and get gas and things like that. Everything is new right now. We did find a farmer's market on Saturday which was fun.
We had zone conference on Friday and it was, again, wonderful. I am amazed at the things we are taught and by the people who teach us. Pres. & Sis. Freestone are such rocks and teach us so much. I want to be like them when I grow up!
A 'selfie' during a break.
Our little but awesome zone. Even though our numbers are small they are mighty in spirit.
We attended our first district planning meeting on Saturday. We are so fortunate to have an Cypriat husband and wife in our branch. Very unusual. Pantiotis and Georgia are wonderful and so enthusiastic about the gospel. Pantiotis is our Branch Mission leader. They have the missionaries out every week and feed them wonderful dinners and then help discuss the missionary work for the area. It will be wonderful working with them. They are learning English while we are still trying to learn Greek. I think - I know - they are a lot further along than we are.
Us with Pantiotis and Georgia
The younger missionaries helping with the dishes. They only broke 2!
Georgis, Sis. Dealy, Elder Tornor, Sis. Mueller & Edler Dastrup. Elder Dastrup is actually from Chicago and one of the few American missionaries here.
We attended our meetings today and they were very good. Such a melting pot of nationalities and personalities.
The sister missionaries asked me to help today with the Young Women's class and their lesson was on grace. One of the attributes of grace the lesson said was to endure to the end. I shared with them Bill's thought on enduring to the end: ENJOY to the end. I loved that and constantly change the words whenever I read them. I am going to try to ENJOY to the end of this mortal experience and hope that I can have a positive influence on those around me. So with that, I hope you all ENJOY your coming week and find someone to share the gospel with.